POSTED: Friday, August 12, 2011 - 10:39pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 9:55pm
EL PASO - Months after making a music video about El Paso, a local rapper says he has gotten plenty of positive and negative response. But he says nothing will stop him from creating music about the city he loves.
Carlos Aguirre has formed a rap group with two friends called The Lower Valley Tres. They're making a splash in the local music market and are even getting recognized by movers and shakers in Austin.
"I just say what comes out, you know, always speak my mind because I really don't care what you think," Aguirre said.
And you better not disrespect his city. Aguirre comes from humble beginnings. Raised in Clint, he says his family used to press a hot iron next to the mattress before bedtime to keep them warm.
"I'm grateful for every single thing I got," Aguirre said.
He's a tattoo artist by day, and also uses songwriting as a creative outlet. He wrote "I Love My City," an ode to the borderland.
"I heard it, and we had to do it, because it's a good track for the city," said Fabian "Payaso" Primera, another member of the Lower Valley Tres.
They shot their music video at Lincoln Park area. But they say ever since they made their video public, they've gotten a lot of backlash.
"I'm uneducated, they call me a wannabe, they criticize down to the fact that I'm wearing a seatbelt," Aguirre said. But it's not making him skip a beat.
"I wish I could do more; I'm not even going to wish I'm going to do more, I got the next one coming out called The Chuco Twist," Aguirre said.
Aguirre let us in on an exclusive recording session for his new track. And even if not everyone is thrilled about his music, someone in Austin is. State representative Marisa Marquez commended the group for their loyalty to the sun city. Aguirre says he's just getting started.
"I think that I'm not at my full potential," Aguirre said. 'I'm not going to be proud of myself until I'm a millionaire."
Aguirre tells us Marquez will present them with their resolution at their concert next month.
If you'd like to see the music video, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA1QwqX_7Gc 
We must warn you, there is some foul language.