C. Tangana

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C. Tangana
Premios Goya 2019 - C Tangana.jpg
C. Tangana at the 33rd Goya Cinema Awards in 2019
Background information
Birth nameAntón Álvarez Alfaro
Also known as
  • "Crema"
  • "Pucho"
Born (1990-07-16) July 16, 1990 (age 29)
Madrid, Spain
Genres
Occupation(s)Rapper
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2006–present
Labels
Websitewww.ctangana.com

Antón Álvarez Alfaro (born July 16, 1990), better known as C. Tangana, is a Spanish rapper from Madrid, Spain.[1] He is a member of the rap group Agorazein together with Sticky M.A. (formerly known as "Manto"), Jerv.Agz., Fabianni and I-Ace. He began his musical career in 2006, under the pseudonym of "Crema",[2] with a demo called ElesCrema.

Biography[edit]

Antón Álvarez first gained recognition as the online phenomenon "Crema" in 2006, when his demos began to spread among young people.

He studied at a Catholic charter school until he finished baccalaureate and then he studied Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid.[3] At that time, his name was already popular among the youth who were attracted to urban rap. Not until he presented his demo Agorazein in May 2008 did he manage to make a place for himself in the young people's music players; at a time when Spanish rap music featured artists such as Nach, Violadores del Verso, El Chojin and SFDK.

After that, in spite of having little success in the underground music scene, he did not present any more demos. Only some songs were released in collaboration with other musicians and singers from the independent movement. He reappeared in 2011 with a group of friends under the name Agorazein. That year he released a work entitled C. Tangana (his new name) that had new sounds, which brought him as many bad reviews as praise and new followers.

C. Tangana had replaced his particular style of short and direct phrases with short, seemingly disconnected, Anglicized phrases; and the old bases gave way to a sound universe that enhanced the most creative part of the music. Antón always declared that his music had no other pretension than to make people enjoy themselves and said that he fled from being classified as a professional musician. While playing with music, he made a living working in a Pans and Company and in a Vodafone call center, but his love for music never ceased. When he released a new work in 2012 (which gave him wide recognition and an increase in the fan phenomenon), he decided to live in isolation from the media since January 2013 in order to face a fame with which he did not feel comfortable. He revealed himself to the Internet world on Twitter in February of that year; he was as short and direct as he is in his music and he generated great expectation with each of his movements apparently thought in advance.

He gave his first concerts in Latin America in 2006 as C. Tangana. He had already performed there with his group Agorazein, and he gained some recognition. He left his job in 2015 to dedicate himself completely to music.

In 2017 he started a tour in Latin America called C. Tangana Latino Tour. When the tour finished, he announced his official agreement with the record company Sony Music. He released his song "Mala Mujer" with this company, and he became famous in Spain.[4] This song ranked the top positions on Spotify viral playlists not only in Spain, but also in different European countries and Latin America. In this way, "Mala Mujer" became a summer hit in 2017 and was certified platinum, which was the first certification of C. Tangana's career. The song continues to be played in Spanish discos and main radio stations.

Style[edit]

With Agorazein, he attracted the attention of people thanks to a blend of bases with good rhythms and melodies that transmitted teenage rebelliousness and sadness. In contrast with rap (with hard lyrics and bases), C.Tangana's soft sounds became as important as the voice, that started to gain acoustic treatment. He also broke all the moulds with his appearance, dressing unabashedly with branded clothing and surrounding himself with people of upper-middle class. This fact clashed with the prejudices and the morals of hip-hop in Spain. In that time, the vast majority of the groups still had the working class pride and it was associated to the slums and the sporty clothes. Nevertheless, multinationals, success and money were already part of the rap world.

In 2015, he adopted a more traditional lyric style, but he also continued with the most creative part of his music. In 2015, he had a conflict with Los Chikos del Maíz (Spanish radical rock group), who included in a video clip a parody of C.Tangana's style. The conflict lasted until 2016 sharing answer songs, known as "beefs" in rap's slang. When C.Tangana published his video clip from "Alligators", he made allusion to the brand Lacoste, and Los Chikos del Maíz parodied him in the video clip of their song "Tú al Gulag y yo a California". As a response, C.Tangana released the song "Nada", where he wanted to tell his own experience as something called in the underground rap world as "praw lesson"; in other words, not to insult or to argue in a trivial way. When the conflict was over, he declared to Seven Star Radio that the group get benefit from the revolutionary image of the left-wing, that it's a group with ideas that don't offer anything new, and that its music is advertisement of a small segment of the population. In 2016, Los Chikos del Maíz dedicated to him "Los Pollos Hermanos", and Tangana answered in a few hours with "Los Chikos de Madriz".

In his songs, C.Tangana transmits individualistic ideals. On occasion, some mass media have interpreted sexist sentences[5][6] in his songs. Regarding to his political ideas, he said that he doesn't believe in the representative democracy.[7]

Influences[edit]

The singer discovered rap music thanks to Beastie Boys album III Communication and the feature film Fear of a Black Hat, as it is mentioned in his song "Diez Años". Among all the influences, he also underlined If You're Reading This It's Too Late by Drake, and other singers like Pharrell Williams and Kanye West, because of their ability and inclination to innovate and to attract public's attention. However, he has confessed several times to listening all musical genres because, as he said, everything has an interesting side. C. Tangana's music is not the result of particular singers, but the product of musical movements and trends; although he recently said in an interview that his idol was the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson.

Feuds[edit]

C. Tangana has been involved in several beefs with other artists during his career.

The most well-known one was the beef with the rap group Los Chikos del Maíz. In May 2014, C. Tangana recorded the video clip of his song "Alligators"[1] where he blatantly advertised Lacoste. In September of that year, Los Chikos del Maíz released their song "Tú al Gulag y yo a California" making fun of Tangana because of the advertising above mentioned. The group gave a concert in Madrid on 17 May 2015 where Tangana supposedly attacked Nega (singer of the rap group). C. Tangana confirmed the fact later that year with his song "Nada"[2] throughout which he explains how the fight was. Later, he confessed that he regretted the punch in a radio interview for the program Yu Vodafone [3]. In May 2016, Los Chikos del Maíz released their new song "Los Pollos Hermanos" [4] where they sent many replies and attacks to Tangana, for example: [translations from Spanish original song] "Say now that my fame is because of Pablo Iglesias, I already fucked you on my demos" or "I charge an entry fee, what a madness! It's logical, you studied in a catholic school" (referring to Tangana's song "Diez años"). Four hours later, it was released "Los Chicos de Madriz" [5] answering back to the group. Many other people saw themselves involved in that conflict, for example Pablo Iglesias, Spanish leftist politician, who supported Nega.

In 2017, Tangana's new album was released and the singer himself started a beef against Kaydy Cain with his song "No te Pegas" and the quote [translation from Spanish original song] "You were going to end up with all (...), you said it over and over again, you all said the same like motormouths". Kaydy Cain replied with his song "Perdedores del Barrio" and the quote [translation from Spanish original song] "To whom are you an idol? How much did you pay and how did you do it?", referring to Tangana's album Ídolo.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Charting albums

Title Year Peak
position
Certification
SPA
[8]
Ídolo 2017 90
Avida Dollars 2018 34

as Crema

  • Madrid Files (Demo) (Solo) (2006)[9]
  • Septiembre (Demo) (Solo) (2006)
  • ElesCrema (Demo) (Solo) (2006)
  • Desde la octava ventana del bloque (Demo) (Solo) (2007)
  • EGO (Demo) (Solo) (2007)
  • Agorazein (LP, Es Tao Chungo Records) (2008)

as C. Tangana

  • Agorazein presenta: C. Tangana (LP, self-released) (2011)
  • LO▼E'S (LP, self-released) (2012)
  • Trouble + Presidente (EP, solo) (2014)[10]
  • 10/15 (Mixt-tape, solo) (2015)[11]
  • Ídolo (LP, Sony Music) (2017)
  • Avida Dollars (Mix-tape, Sony Music) (2018)

Featuring Agorazein

  • Agorazein promo (2008)
  • Kind of Red (LP, 2011)[12]
  • Alternate take #1 (2012)
  • Alternate take #2 (2012)
  • Alternate take #3 (2012)
  • Alternate take #4 (2012)
  • Siempre (LP, 2016)

Featuring Red Bull artist encounters

  • AGZ0EUZ10LT (EP, 2013)

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak
position
Album
SPA
[8]
"Alligators" 2014 Non-album single
"Lo hace conmigo" 2016
"Los Chikos de Madriz"
"Antes de morirme"
(feat. Rosalía)
26
"Persiguiéndonos"
"Espabilao" 2017 Ídolo
"Mala Mujer" 5
"Pop Ur Pussy"
"De Pie" 33
"Tiempo"
"No te pegas"
"Demasiao tarde"
"Guerrera"
(with Dellafuente)
17 Non-album single
"No te pegas"
(feat. A.CHAL)
2018
"Still Rapping" 86 Avida Dollars
"Llorando en la Limo" 12
"Cuando me miras" 99
"Traicionero"
(feat. Cromo X)
61 Non-album single
"Bien Duro" 6
"Booty"
(with Becky G)
3
"Un Veneno"
(with El Niño de Elche)
2
"Pa' llamar tu atención"
(with Alizzz feat. MC Bin Laden)
2019 6
"París"
(with Dellafuente & Alizzz)
10
"Ontas?" 69
"Para repartir"
(with Alizzz)
57
"No te debí besar"
(with Paloma Mami)
3
"Pronto llegara"
(with Darell)
41
[13]

Other songs

  • "Cakes" (with Baboon Estudios) (2011)
  • "If She Don't" (2011)
  • "Bésame Mucho" (2012)
  • "Sympósion" (feat. Jerv.agz) (2013)
  • "Slang" (with Jerv.agz) (2016)
  • "100k Pasos" (with Sticky M.A.) (2016)
  • "Llámame más tarde" (feat. Rosalía) (2016)
  • "Baile de la lluvia" (2018)

Collaborations[edit]

Solo[edit]

as Crema

  • Mike - Después de (ft.Crema)
  • Adriano Danzziani - Lluvia (ft.Crema)
  • Nachorte - Cara B (ft.Crema)
  • Chaman - Lógica (ft.Crema)
  • Mierda (ft. Crema, Métal, Kefler, Sélok y MackdeRojas)
  • Mack de Rojas - Volver a casa (ft. Crema)
  • Charlie - Hacer historia (ft. Crema)
  • Hombres de negro - Puedo ver las luces (ft. Crema)
  • Javo - Aquellos días (ft. Crema)

as C. Tangana

  • Baboon Estudios - Bounce to it (C. Tangana and Razz) (2012)
  • Adriano Danzziani - Weed got it (ft. C. Tangana) (Catenaccio, 2012)
  • Kaixo - Space Line (ft. C. Tangana and Javier Marcos) (Drop Out, 2013)
  • Baboon Estudios - Dealing my pain (ft. C. Tangana and Carlos Alberich) (Trance, 2013)
  • Drisket - Protocolo (ft. C. Tangana) (Supermassive Blackholes, 2013)
  • Duddi Wallace - Némesis (ft. C. Tangana) (Ropleplay, 2015)
  • Elio Toffana - Morir Para Vivir (ft. C. Tangana) (Espíritu de Nuestro Tiempo, 2016)
  • Pedro LaDroga - Pedro LaDroga's Ke kiere ase RMX (2016)
  • Toscano - Echad Tierra en mi Cuna (B.I.C. Cátedra, 2016)
  • Danni Ble - Ondas (2017)
  • Farruko, French Montana - Mala Mujer REMIX (2017)
  • Guerrera (C.Tangana and Dellafuente) (2017)
  • Voyage (C.Tangana y Mpvnter) (2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "C. Tangana, el 'Ídolo' musical del año". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  2. ^ "C. Tangana antes se llamaba Crema".
  3. ^ "C. Tangana, de trabajar en el Pans&Company a número uno en Spotify". El Español (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  4. ^ "Cocaína y cocodrilos: C. Tangana, la estrella del trap español no tiene nada que decir. Noticias de Cultura". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  5. ^ gallego, El Ideal. "C.Tangana: "Acusar de machismo es como si te preguntan si eres nazi"". El Ideal gallego. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  6. ^ ""Yo no soy machista, yo soy transexual": C. Tangana aclara su aplaudido comentario". cuatro. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  7. ^ "C. Tangana y su ideología: ¿Por qué dice que el PP no es de derechas?". I am Rap (in Spanish). 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  8. ^ a b "DISCOGRAPHY C. TANGANA". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  9. ^ "C. Tangana". versosperfectos.com. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  10. ^ "C.Tangana: "Cuando haces algo de ruido, te ladran" - Mito | Revista Cultural". Mito | Revista Cultural (in Spanish). 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  11. ^ "C. Tangana - 10/15". El último plan b. Archived from the original on February 16, 2016.
  12. ^ "Agorazein". versosperfectos.com. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  13. ^ "Top 100 Canciones: Semana 45". Productores de Música de España. Retrieved November 13, 2019.

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