The Comments Made By Grandmaster Caz About Latinos In Hip-Hop Being “Guests” Are Clarified

Following the reemergence of some of his earlier VladTV comments this week, Grandmaster Caz is putting the record straight. The conversation on the contributions of the Latin community to hip-hop was first started by Fat Joe. Although others disputed Joe’s assertions, he clarified that Puerto Ricans and Black people attended the first hip-hop party in the Bronx.

In a 2014 interview, Caz discussed Lord Jamar’s remarks regarding Eminem and white people appearing in hip-hop as guests. Caz, though, also expressed same opinion towards the Latino community. “Puerto Ricans were playing Congos and tamales in the park while we was playin’ turntables,” he had said at the time. “Alright, so they our guests.”

“Some of the first Latinos in Hip Hop were down with me. Disco Wiz. Charlie Chase. Joe Conzo, the man who took Hip-Hop’s babies pictures. Prince Whipple Whip. All Latinos. All part of my crew,” he remarked, realizing the backlash his remarks had received. “OK, so there’s no way I could talk about there not being a Latino presence in the culture of Hip-Hop,” he continued.

“Now, I’ve stuck my foot in my mouth a couple of times on Vlad interviews and they probably caught an off-comment or something like that. But let me clear that up. For all my Latino brothers and sisters in Hip Hop, I’ve been an advocate since day one, so knock the bullshit off.”

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