who's next: A$AP Rocky, Leslie Grace, Los Hijos de Hernandez, Juan Cirerol and Enjambre

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who's next: A$AP Rocky, Leslie Grace, Los Hijos de Hernandez, Juan Cirerol and Enjambre

  • Los Hijos de Hernández

    Who said narcocorridos are dead? While stars like Larry Hernandez and Gerardo Ortiz focus on songs about romance, seduction and heartbreak, Los Hijos de Hernández are happy to satisfy the demand for stories about the drug trade. Comprised by brothers Germán and Tomás Hernández, Los Hijos de Hernández built their audience through YouTube, with corridos pesados like Legionario Zambada and El Artista Antrax. Their debut album, Peligrosos y Efectivos (Dangerous and Effective) features the single "38 Súper Scareface" (we think they mean "Scarface"), and is packed with tales of violence, betrayal and excess.

    Listen: El Corrido del Eddy
  • Leslie Grace

    Can Leslie Grace follow Prince Royce's path to superstardom? The 17-year-old Grace, who made her debut with a bachata-tinged version of the '60s hit "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," appears to be on her way. Born in New York to Dominican parents, Grace was raised on a steady diet of Juan Luis Guerra, Marc Anthony and La India. Grace, who grew up in Florida, went from singing in church to signing with Top Stop Music, the label that launched the career of a young man named Geoffrey Rojas – you know him as Prince Royce. Grace plans to release her debut album in early 2013.

    Listen: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
  • A$AP Rocky

    Born Rakim Mayers in Harlem, New York, it seems A$AP Rocky was destined to become a hip hop star. The 23-year-old rapper, who first built a buzz from his song Peso, was named after the legendary Rakim (of Eric B. & Rakim fame). A$AP Rocky also grew up watching rap crew The Diplomats (Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana) in his own back yard. Despite his New York hip hop pedigree, A$AP Rocky has strayed from the Big Apple's gritty, sample-based sound and has instead opted to embrace the South's laid-back beats and flow. "I would not consider myself to be a quote unquote real New York rapper. I don’t even like New York rappers," said A$AP Rocky in a feature by the New York Times.

    Listen: Goldie
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  • Juan Cirerol

    Juan Cirerol doesn't sing your parent's corridos. The Mexicali-bred singer-songwriter blends Norteña, folk, country, cumbia and delivers it with punk rock intensity. But Cirerol, who has been called both "the Mexican Johnny Cash" and "the Mexican Bob Dylan," keeps his performances simple: it's just him, a guitar and a harmonica. The 24-year-old Cirerol has already released two albums: 2008's Nomas Sirvo Pa´ Cantar and 2010's Ofrenda a Mictlán. His next album, Haciendo Leña is scheduled for release this November.

    Listen: La Floresilla
  • Enjambre

    In the early 2000's, California rockers Enjambre were a respected band in a waning L.A. "Rock en Español" scene. In 2008, they decided to move to a land where Spanish-language rock music is just called "rock." Ever since they packed their things up and moved to Zacatecas, the five-piece group has become one of Mexico's most popular rock acts. Enjambre's popularity first surged with the release of 2008's El Segundo es Felino, the sophomore release which featured the José José-meets-the-Strokes hit track Mania Cardiaca. In 2010, Enjambre released Daltonico, an album that cemented the band's status as one of Mexico's most promising acts. After playing to thousands of adoring fans at 2011's Vive Latino festival, Enjambre began work on their third album, Huespedes del Obre, which was released in Mexico earlier this month.

    Listen: Somos Ajenos
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