Jose El Rey Retrospective: "It Was A Little Like Being Possessed"

"Back in 2006, I had no band, no car, and a lot of free time," says Miami musician Jose Flores.

"So I was doing hundreds of home recordings. I always thought freestyle and Miami bass were these fun and lost genres. I noticed that the simpler, funny bass-heavy jams were getting the best reactions from my friends.

"I thought, What kind of guy would sing these songs? And I pictured a wetter, hairier version of myself on vocals, and I named him José El Rey."

See also: José El Rey's "¿Que Pasa, M.I.A.?" Column Archives

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