Meet Chucky73 and Sie7etr3, The Bronx Crew Bringing Latin Trap Home – Pitchfork

Latin trap has become a staple of the Spanish-language mainstream, with Caribbean crooners (Bad Bunny, Ozuna) and Colombian reggaetoneros (J Balvin, Maluma) incorporating the sound of Atlanta strip clubs into the música urbana of the pop charts. But before it went worldwide, Latin trap was born in Harlem and the Bronx, where a rising crew of Dominican traperos is ushering in the genre’s latest evolution. Sie7etr3 (Siete Tres, or 73) is a Bronx label that spent much of 2019 racking up YouTube views, led by its charismatic, chubby-cheeked leader Chucky73 and his underground hits “Wili” and “Wini.” Operating almost exclusively via YouTube and Instagram, the crew offers a glimpse of where música urbana may be headed in 2020.

While some of the more interesting Latin trap being made right now mixes hints of Dominican dembow or bachata guitar with booming, Atlanta-style hip-hop, Sie7etr3’s distinct twist on trap draws heavily from drill, the aggressive rap style pioneered in Chicago and currently exploding in Brooklyn and the UK. Chucky73 in particular brings a nimble-tongued flow en Español to drill’s repetitive, often structureless beats. In the Bronx, hip-hop’s birthplace, the dreary nihilism of Chicago drill gives way to a more celebratory tone. Lyrics largely about drugs, money, and women are rapped in Spanish or Spanglish, though the language barrier is almost moot—the vibe is what matters most here, and Dominican slang evolves so rapidly that even native Spanish speakers may have trouble understanding every word.

This music carries with it a strong sense of place, and it’s one you need not imagine since the videos are made on the block—at the park, in an apartment stairwell, or packing out the bodega with the whole damn crew. Mostly produced by Miguel Abreu’s Narx Filmz, Sie7etr3 videos report live from Bronx street corners like Jerome Avenue and Featherbed Lane, or E 188th Street and Creston Avenue. And while the visuals are decidedly low-budget, they regularly feature eye-catching animation or bird’s-eye-view drone footage that until recently, would have been prohibitively expensive for a small operation.

The ceiling for any Dominican drill crew is uncertain: Drill has yet to crack the American mainstream in the same way as reggaetón or the more sultry brand of trap favored by J Balvin and Bad Bunny, and the Dominicans that helped jumpstart the Latin trap movement were largely left behind when it blew up. But there’s something inherently more welcoming about Sie7etr3’s take on drill; they’re usually smiling, performing Dominican-ness in hilarious ways (who else smokes a hookah on an ATV?), and the guns in their videos are usually made by Nerf rather than Kalashnikov. They’re hood but goofy, and they’re having a lot of fun. Meet the members of Sie7etr3.

Chucky73

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Both on camera and on record, Chucky is the crew’s most recognizable figure. His woozy vocal tones are perfectly tailored for trap’s smooth bass beats, yet he manages to effortlessly fling multisyllabic bars without sounding like a mush mouth. Easily the most polished MC in Sie7etr3, he’s been rapping for less than two years and has already secured co-signs from local Latin trap OGs like Tali Goya and Messiah. Early tracks like “Wili” and the minimal, reggaetón-adjacent “Brazilera” showcased Chucky’s agile flow and led to his upcoming feature on Rich the Kid’s “Riri,” by far his highest-profile collaboration to date.

Fetti031

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a video of Chucky73 without Fetti031 by his side. His flow complements Chucky’s well, with a similar intonation in a higher register. That said, Fetti031’s strongest track to date is a collab with rapper Emcee, “En la Mano” (“In the Hand”), which marries a G-funk bassline with a more traditional twinkling trap melody. And Fetti’s even-keeled flow often helps anchor the most unwieldy of posse cuts.

Dowba Montana

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Dowba Montana possesses the most versatile vocal skill set of the group. He’s got a fierce growl that rumbles on tracks like “UA,” but he also has no trouble doing a Rae Sremmurd impersonation with an Auto-Tune croon (as heard on “Yo Taba Atra”) or landing somewhere in between the two. And in a crew full of loud fashion statements, his bandana ear flaps might just be the freshest of them all.

Dglo73

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Dglo73 seems to embrace the drug kingpin trope more than anyone else in Sie7etr3, evidenced by the Pablo Escobar paean that is “Tiene Que Bucate.” But the flex seems a little more tongue in cheek when taken in alongside the Ozuna vibes of tracks like “Atra de Lo Mio” (a Spanish-language remix of Quando Rondo’s “ABG”) or “Primero.”

Youngkilla73

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One of Sie7etr3’s newer additions, Youngkilla73 made his debut in October with the icy tongue-twister “Zara.” He’s only got two videos out at the moment and both feature ski-mask mean-mugging and menacing beats laced with gunshots. His music might be the darkest among the crew’s MCs, both tonally and lyrically. But then again, Youngkilla73 seems more obsessed with anime than actual murder.

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