Trueno’s NPR Tiny Desk Performance Spotlights Latin Rap

NPR continues to shine a light on the rise of Latin acts with the The little spin-off from the Tiny Desk series. Argentinian rapper Trueno is the latest artist to perform his hits in a stripped-down performance which was released yesterday (September 27).

NPR brought back the The little Tiny Desk spin-off for Latinx Heritage Month. Omar Apollo was the first artist to launch the series on September 15 with his performance which helped his hit “Evergreen” break into the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Mexican singer Girl Ultra followed her lead and now Trueno proudly represents Argentina on The little.

Last year, Trueno became a revelation on the Latin rap scene. In May, he made global headlines when the Gorillaz invited him as a special guest at the band’s Quilmes Rock concert in Argentina. Trueno performed a freestyle rap in Spanish to the Gorillaz classic “Clint Eastwood.” Later that month he released his breakthrough album good o bad.

by Trueno The little the show was filmed in a conventillo, the influential co-opted communities of Argentina. He opened his set with “Dance Crip,” his ode to hip-hop roots that interpolated Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” Of his good o bad album, Trueno also performed the title track and “Tierra Zanta”. The most powerful moment of his set was his performance of “Argentina”, his rap anthem for his country where he shouted out each of his provinces.

In July, Trueno received support from J Balvin on the release of the “Un Paso” collaboration. Trueno is nominated for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Song for “Dance Crip” at the 2022 Latin Grammy Awards.

Robert M. Larson