Calle 13’s Residente Says His Politics Are Just “Social Causes”

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Residente is no stranger to controversy.

The Calle 13 frontman, whose real name is René Pérez, is extremely vocal about his social causes...and he's not afraid to ruffle some feathers in the process of getting the message out. 

His new album Multi_Viral is chock-full of political references, particularly in the title track, which features spoken-word parts by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Palestinian artist Kimilya Jubran.

"It's not political, though many people have distorted what I do and said it's politically-focused," Residente told Fox News Latino"They're social causes."

This isn't the first time the Puerto Rican musician has stirred controversy because of his beliefs. In 2009, while hosting Los Premios MTV, the 36-year-old angered people when he said, "Latin America is incomplete without a free Puerto Rico." He called then-Gov. Luis Fortuño a "son of a b*tch" for laying off 25,000 public employees.

The outspoken Boricua has also been known to wear provocative T-shirts, bearing messages with tweets from fans such as "Uribe Paramilitary", referring to former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. 

"People said those were messages from me, about how I felt," Residente said. "But they were other people's messages. I was just a board carrying these messages."

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Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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