The Random iTunes Fairy must be in a Hispanic mood this weekend. Today’s track is from the Mexican rap group Control Machete, and it’s in my music collection because it appeared in Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s 2001 film Amores Perros.
Amores Perros was Iñarritu’s first film, and though he would go on to win back-to-back Best Director Oscars 14 years later (for Birdman and The Revenant), it remains the best thing he’s ever done.
It was also the first film of one of my favorite actors, Gael Garcia Bernal, and one of the best films of that decade.
I’m not really sure what to say about this one. I own this song because it is on the Amores Perros soundtrack, which features a couple of other Control Machete songs I really like.
This song, not so much. Not due to the language barrier but because it’s a little too hard-edged for a man of my refined tastes.
As for the movie, if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Written by Guillermo Arriaga and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, it’s a visceral, emotional roller coaster ride set in Mexico City.
My second Spanish-language selection comes from the soundtrack of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s great 2000 film, Amores Perros. Mexican rap group Control Machete contributed two songs to the soundtrack, only one of which actually appears in the film.
This one was played in the film’s trailer — one of the best trailers I’ve seen. Foreign language films often have great trailers because, in order to appeal to American audiences, they usually leave the subtitled dialogue out completely and tell the story with only images and sound. Here’s a link to the trailer, if you’re interested… I didn’t use it below because it doesn’t feature the whole song and it contains some spoilers.