When America Ochoa immigrated to the United States from her
native Michoacan, Mexico, she, like many others, eventually settled in the
Orange County city of Santa Ana. Before ever coming to the States, however, she
developed an interest in music and awakened to the possibilities of Mexican rap
after listening to a Control Machete album. After years of practice, Ochoa
later began to make a name for herself on this side of the border as “Ms.
Krazie” dropping her debut rap album Brown is Beautiful in 2006.
time, as the only female rapper promoted by her Urban Kings label, Ms. Krazie represents
for las mujeres in a hip-hop culture
where, as Chicano Rap scholar Pancho McFarland notes, “The role of women is
often overlooked.” Bucking the trend, her ever-expanding listener base is quick
to christen the rapper as 'the best' among her female counterparts as young
Chicanas emulate her flow and distinctive application of make-up alike on
YouTube videos online.
Ms. Krazie's “Firme Homegirl Oldies 2” is now available on iTunes.
Gabriel San Roman is from Anacrime. He’s a journalist, subversive historian and tallest Mexican in OC.