Blue Diamond Island, is the 14 track debut from Muja Messiah & Maria Isa's new project Villa Rosa. Since 2008, Maria Isa and Muja Messiah have released several tracks together including "Royalty" from Muja Messiah's 2008 release Adventures of BBoy DBoy, "Cruel and Unusual Punishment" off Muja Messiah's 2010 mix-tape M-16's, and "Never Let Go" off Maria Isa's 2009 record Street Politics. There's a unique chemistry between the Latin firebrand MC, singer, actor, and activist Maria Isa and Muja Messiah, a veteran of the Minneapolis indie scene who brings a heavy dose of politically incorrect satire laced with humor and narratives of daily life. With Villa Rosa, these two artists unite influences from Spanish lyricism and Latino politics with hardcore street smarts to a full circle.
Villa Rosa's debut Blue Diamond Island will be released in fall 2011 on Black Corners with production from Martin “Doc” McKinney (The Weeknd, Santigold), Benzilla (Brother Ali), Mike The Martyr (AG), and DJ Turtleneck. Blue Diamond Island finds the two MC's crafting a sprawling record influenced by Latins rhythms, reggae, left field pop based in hip-hop sensibility.
Muja Messiah & Maria Isa
Blue Island Diamond (Black Corners/SotaRico) -2011
- Villa Rosa’s Maria Isa discusses social media in the Latino community with Nick Valencia CNN for Soledad O’Brien’s reports "In Her Corner: Latino in America."
- MPR -Villa Rosa stands out as something rare in rap -All Things Considered
- Villa Rosa on Tumblr
- Villa Rosa on Facebook
- Bio at SwimAgency.com
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