Meet Four Blaxicans Who Are Changing The Music And Performance World

In a diverse city like Los Angeles, it’s not rare to meet people who identify as “Blaxicans” (Black-Mexicans). Mexican immigration to Los Angeles began to really take shape in and around the early 20th century and occurred at a time when African-American migration to Los Angeles form the Deep South began to simultaneously occur.

In more recent years, however, the increase of Mexican migration to predominantly African-American communities like South Los Angeles has created more opportunities for African-Americans and Mexicans romantic relationships.

We all know Miguel, the self-identified Blaxican pop singer, whose sultry R&B music has probably helped bring more Blaxicans into the world. But outside of Miguel, there are Blaxican artists and entertainers who have both been in the game and are creating music and art while representing for African-Americans and Latinos everywhere.

The names in this list aren’t the only Blaxicans in the game, but they are artists who have been representing their dual-culture identities in a way that brings together two communities of people who continue to be pitted against one another throughout the U.S.

The most famous Blaxican in the game.

quick to dead the bull like a matador #skywalker #warxleisure

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Remember when Miguel sang in Spanish in his Wildheart album? It brought so many different worlds together.

 

This just dropped a few days ago. Does the intro song sound familiar?

Keep doing your thing, Miguel.

L.A. native, Mike Davis, is the poet we should all be paying attention to right now.

Look at me, all bald n buried in the ground like these roses, as deep as these bones of brass will allow me. I've said it before n I'll say it again; I'm real good at standing stagnant, I'll find sanctuary n settle. A couple months back I thought I had set up camp, got way too comfortable. Thought shit was gon be a breeze. And you know what? it was. I just forgot I am not of rose. I do not wilt and break, people like me are not cut for consumption. When the wind blows I move with it, I am chameleon to change. I stretch like dandelion I spread and multiply and conquer in spaces I'm not supposed to. I am resilient, I am ever growing, I am the earth and the trees. This is me, in a garden, at home, growing and grounded PC: @duragreece *also, ya boy got a full head of hair now n is livin my best muthafuckin life*

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He’s representing for black and brown folks everywhere.

Here’s an example:

Damn, that was deep.

Kid Cudi is the son of a Mexican-American father and African-American mother.

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He’s never sang about his identity in the way that Miguel has, but he definitely still reps’ both of his cultures.

We all vibed out to this song.

Word on the street is that he’s got a new album dropping soon.

Kemo is one of the first to ever represent for Blaxicans in the music world.

LEFT COAST LATINO Photo @themigmartinez

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The L.A. native has been rockin’ with crews like Delinquent Habits and Cypress Hill for years.

Here he is at one of his shows.

We need more artists like these who connect African-Americans and Latinos.

 

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