Born in Lille, France to a French mother and a Chilean father while in political exile during Pinochet's dictatorship, Ana Tijoux first gained popularity as the female MC of the hip-hop group Makiza during the late nineties. After crossing over to mainstream Latin pop in 06 thanks to a collaboration with Juliete Venegas, Tijoux released her debut individual album...and now 4 years later, today she has debuted 1977, her second solo offering.
While 1977 was released in Chile last October, today marks the album's official offering here in the States. A stunning compilation of traditional beats and arrangements prove this latest work true to her rap roots, an homage to the "golden age of hip-hop", and largely auto-biographical, exploring mature themes from her own life, from the death of a close friend to having a creative crises, from friendship to bad luck, amongst others.
The album is simple and straight to the point, largely being emphasized by her leaving behind strict singing and concentrating on rap, both in Spanish and French.
Lead single, 1977, is a prime example of everything we love about Tijoux: emphatic, quiet and striking all the right emotional chords. Watch the video below and buy the album here.