Rapper Residente makes case for Latinos to reclaim ‘America’


Rapper Residente makes case for Latinos to reclaim ‘America’. The music video for his new single, “This Is Not America,” has garnered more than 15.1 million views on YouTube and spurred conversations about the continent’s history. Throughout his 20-year music career, the Grammy-winning rapper Residente has established a reputation for challenging the status quo through piercing lyrics, often considered controversial or uncomfortable, that make people question their preconceived notions and political views. He disputes the assumption that the term “America” refers just to the United States instead of two continents making up of 35 countries (23 in North America, 12 in South America) — including many Spanish-speaking ones. “America is not the name of a country, it’s the name of a continent,” Residente told NBC News. “The title of the song, ‘This Is Not America,’ is from their point of view, not my point of view,” he said about people who refer to the United States as “America.”


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