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Calle 13's Rene 'Residente' Perez: 'I Grew Up With a Huge Social Awareness'

15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards - Rehearsals - Day 2
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 18: Residente Calle 13 performs onstage during rehearsals for the 15th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 18, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)Kevin Winter / WireImage

Best known as the frontman to Puerto Rican band Calle 13, Rene “Residente” Perez spoke to MSNBC about his early roots in activism and his Puerto Rican background. “Well, I grew up in Puerto Rico. Everyone knows that it’s a colony from the U.S." Perez said. "So it’s very difficult to [avoid] politics growing up there."

Residente also said that “I grew up with my dad, he worked with the workers. We used to go, when I was a kid, to a lot of different strikes, so I grew up with a huge social awareness. And also my mom, she was an actress, so I have that mix between social and art.”

The first Latin American to receive the Nobel Peace Summit Award in 2015, the acclaimed musician’s lyrics have frequently dealt with the Latin American identity, rebellion, racism, and Puerto Rican Independence.

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