For the past several years Kozmik Force, comprised of rappers Native Threat and Jaguar Arreola have made their rounds in the mixtape circuit and Underground Hip-Hop scenes of L.A. and the Inland Empire. Having garnered a sizable audience online through the clever use of social media, the duo’s reach and influence as consistently grown with every passing year. In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio, we had Jaguar come on the show to discuss his very first solo project Maria’s Seed, the latest effort in the Inland Empire based emcee’s ever-growing catalog of work.
Coming right on the heels of Kozmik’ Force’s third project Ceremony On Concrete which dropped late last year in 2019, Jaguar continues on in the long tradition of conscious, politically engaged music he has come to be known for. Continuing on with his strong critique of the U.S. government, the criminal justice system, and pro-Chicano/Indigenous empowerment philosophy. Likewise, Jag discusses the personal, intimate nature of his latest record, the inspirations the led him to create a solo project, as well the impact of COVID-19 in BIPOC communities, state violence over the summer, and the struggles we have all faced in 2020.
Featured below is our full interview with Jaguar Arreola available through our official SoundCloud page. Apple and Spotify users can listen and subscribe to our Step Off! Radio podcast through the official Apple podcast and Spotify apps. Please be sure to rate and review the show!
Maria’s Seed is available to stream now on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, and other streaming platforms with physical copies coming in 2021 to purchase directly through Jaguar’s official Instagram account.