Stop Calling Yourselves ‘Americans,’ Rapper Residente Says

“The whole project for ‘This Is Not America’ is to change the world,” says Residente. In the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, the Puerto Rican rap star – who’s won more Latin Grammys than any other artist – tells Julyssa Lopez about the concept behind his incendiary new song and video, which aim to convince residents of the U.S. to stop calling themselves “Americans.”

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The term “Americans,” Residente points out, claims an entire continent for one country, while essentially erasing all the nations of South and Central America, not to mention Canada. “I see it as an egocentric thing,” Residente says. “You think that you’re the center of the world and that’s why you’re ‘America.’ Anything that’s outside, you don’t care.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Residente talks about dealing with ADHD in his youth and looks back on his days in the legendary hip-hop duo Calle 13. He also offers a detailed preview of his upcoming, long-in-the-works new album, reminisces about the time he got Ricky Martin to join a protest, and more. (Read even more from Lopez’s interview with Residente here.)

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