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Street Signs

Ozomatli

2004

Street Signs

Album Summary

Street Signs is an album by Latin funk rock band Ozomatli, released in 2004 by Real World Records and Concord Records. Street Signs was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.This album won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album at the Latin Grammy Awards of 2005. The song "Saturday Night" was featured in the video games Madden NFL 2005, MX vs. ATV Unleashed, and Sleeping Dogs, in the soundtrack to the film Turbo, and the trailer for the 2010 comedy film Hot Tub Time Machine.

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Rating

2.87

Votes

3288

Genres

  • World
  • Funk
  • Hip Hop
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3

Every song in "Street Signs", Ozomatli's third album, is a blast of latin rock, funk and hip hop in your face. An ensamble of great musicians with a great variety of references coming together to create a nuanced and cohesive record that talks about workers rights and imigration in a very interesting way, that keeps you hooked from start to finish. "Believe" and "Santiago" are beautiful songs.

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4

Loved the album, first song was a banger and the other ones were quite catchy. Didn't expect to have so much fun listening to a Latin Funk Album

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4

Excellent - shame the whole album isn't on spotify...

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4

Never heard of this band until now. Not sure why they are not huge radio mega stars. My theory on the fly is the hype machine doesn't know how to market this kind of music unless there is an individual (ie. Bruno Mars) to focus on. Their sound is varied with all kinds of different touchstones; funk, latin pop, rock, alternative maybe even, rap, hip hop and jazz . Everything is performed with a verve and energy that is absolutely infectious. This is not typically my genre but this album will remain on my playlist. Favorite song; Love and Hope. 4 🌟

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5

Amazing

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5

Kind of like santana, hip hop like a little bit.

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5

First time of listening and what a revelation! great Latin/Rock/Hip Hop throughout. Loved "Saturday Night" "Believe" "Love & Hope " and "Who Discovered America" loved the line "Dip, Dive, Socialise Get Ready for Saturday Night..." Good album well worth it place on this list, homage to Carlos of course!

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5

Loved it! great music, hard to find the correct album though.

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4

Rock latino. Fusión. Interesante

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4

Albums like this are the ones I look forward to the most on this list due to their sheer uniqueness. Latin rock is much more interesting than hearing another boring 70s-80s rock album. Fav: who founded America

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4

The English lyrics leave a little something to be desired but this is great

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4

A different vibe completely from what I listen to. Tons of fun and well worth a listen.

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4

Remember when we forgot for awhile that other countries had instruments too? I'd listen to Chali 2na read the phonebook

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4

Quite liked this. The Roots but in Spanish?

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4

Mitt nya favorit band. svänger! även om det är svårt att få tag på tyvärr. men så är livet. ques que se

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4

Cool hip hop/funk/Latin fusion album. There's a lot of variation in the style of songs on this album which makes it fun to listen to

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4

What a mix of styles and genres, seriously loved this experience

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4

I don't care what genre, the world needs more socially conscious music that makes you want to dance as much as this does. I wouldn't normally gravitate to any of the genres explored on this album, and can't say I would go back to it, but glad I now know it exists.

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4

Latino flair from LA, Good listening.

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4

Músicas del mundo. Está bien. Un 4.

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4

little spanish, good

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4

Pretty awesome blend of rap, funk, and Latin music

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4

Fun!

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3

Liked it!

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3

Latino-funk-rock-hiphop fusion album? It's pretty damn neat honestly.

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3

Quite groovy

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3

Disc de barreja de sons del món amb hip hop, molt ben entramat i amb una execució molt pro. Recorda els primers anys de segle, la ressaca del 11S i la intencionalitat que hi havia aleshores d'agermanar pobles i cultures

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3

The name of the band was familiar, but none of the tracks stood out as something I've heard before. It's hard to get me excited about hip-hop, but the variety of music genres was interesting and enjoyable. I liked the arabic influences in a couple of tracks, and even the ska-ish track "Déjame en Paz". "Ya Viene el Sol" was another favorite track. Overall the album was good, but there were some slow spots. This album has room to grow on me.

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3

something for everyone, nothing for everybody

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3

The tracks on this album are like a box of chocolates. I didn't like half of them.

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3

Good backyard party vibes

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3

Not on Spotify so a bit annoying to listen to so just clicked through the tracks quickly. Probably deserves another more thorough listen at some point.

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3

Another album not in my copy of the book. There's an awful lot of divergence between different versions and (as I've noted before) a lot of more contemporary releases added and then quickly removed. It's almost like the people who curate this don't know how to evaluate modern music for its lasting impact. Anyway, I had never listened to Ozomatli before, but I knew of them as Cut Chemist's other group. In addition to Cut Chemist, Chali 2na has also collaborated with them, further cementing their connection to Jurassic 5. Ozomatli also share some of Jurassic 5's issues - namely, their lack of depth. They're fine, there's nothing wrong with them, but like a meal lacking much caloric content, you're going to be hungry again in an hour. There's a wiffliness to them, a lack of edge, a lack of bite. It's frustratingly clean and safe and, well, kind of boring. It shouldn't be. It's blending elements of a lot of genres, but it never feels like more than the sum of its parts. Why? How can you combine disparate elements and sound somehow formulaic? Better than Oasis though.

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3

Not on Spotify so listening cobbled together from youtube and live albums. The good tracks are really good, with predictably the bass and percussion the standout elements. I can leave the 90s/early 00s staple of 'oh third verse time for a rap' element.

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3

First Listen. Interesting sound. Funk, jazz, Latin, rock, hip hop, world fusion all in one album. I mostly liked it. Standouts: Saturday Night 3/5

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3

I liked the collision of styles. Unfortunately Spotify didn't. It would only play the opening track for me.

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3

Infectious :)

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3

3/5 interesting but no

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3

Could only listen to one song as that was all that was available on Spotify. But it wasn’t bad.

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3

Interesting, but... that's about it.

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3

This was a good listen. "Who Discovered America" was a really good track. A little Latin, a little hip hop. Reminded me of Santana.

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3

Yllätti positiivisesti kun rullasin youtubesta levyn läpi. Mukavat soundit ja vaikeasta päivästä huolimatta jäi hyvä fiilis.

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3

Ok Latin based album

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3

Zomerse muziek, wel een oké album. echter moeilijk te vinden op streamingdiensten, dus heb niet alle nummers gehoord

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3

Cool hybrid of latin rock type music and rap. I liked "Love And Hope", "(Who Discovered) America?", and "Saturday Night". Just didn't like them well enough to overcome some of the songs I really didn't like.

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3

Couldn't listen to in UK.

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3

Kind of a combination of Los Lobos and Gogol Bordellol.

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3

Only the first 2 songs were on Spotify AU, had to look the rest up on YouTube. Managed to find most of it but a few were live tracks and other people covering the songs etc. This.... was p cool. Albums like this are the reason I signed up for this project - trying to hear new things, not just 6000 Beatles albums that have already been played to death. But this was fresh, a real mix of styles done well. It had all the standard parts of a big funk band but with a bit more here and there - occasional rapping, flamenco, middle eastern sounding melodies, I heard a rock guitar solo at one point, etc. I really liked the funky and experimental stuff, not so much the rap. 3/5.

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3

Some great stuff on here outside of what I normally listen to. Huge fan of "Believe."

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3

Pretty ok tbh

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A very eclectic mix of sounds ranging from Bollywood and Sitars that was mixed with rap and Salsa dancing. I think it would be worth a listen to as a full album as it's kinda fun but also a little strange. Not sure how I feel about it as a whole because of how disjointed it felt trying to find as many tracks as possible. Only 2 songs were on Spotify AU. Could not find "Te Estoy Buscando", "Doña Isabelle" and "Nadie Te Tira"; for "Santiago" only found a drum cover, not ideal but could get a feel for it. Best (from what I heard): Love and Hope Worst (from what I heard): Ya Viene El Sol

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3

This was fun, nothing special, but fun.

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I'm kind of surprised this album came out as late as it did. It feels like some kind of Latino pop collaboration out of the 90s, with a hip hop twist. Understand me, that's not necessarily a bad thing. This album is really tight musically, with fun grooves. The songs have a great fusion of styles that feels very natural and not pasted together. Great surprise appearance from Eddie Palmieri is all the proof you need that these guys are the real deal. I'm also pleased to hear a little Spanish on 1001 Albums, which has been weirdly absent thus far. It's only the 2nd most spoken language in the world, guys. Enjoyed this quite a bit. Fave Songs: Nadie Te Tira, Te Estoy Buscando, Santiago, (Who Discovered) America?, Love & Hope

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3

Better than expected

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3

What a weirdly unique album. Genres and languages mixed that you don't often hear. However in the end, the big memorable thing about this album is the uniqueness, not the quality

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3

Begins quite interesting with an interesting blend of genres and the latin roots, but as the album progresses turns into a more standard latin sound. Overall not bad, but doesn’t leave a lasting impression.

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3

Curiosamente no estaba disponible en mi país, así que escuché otro de la misma banda.

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3

Interesting. 3/5

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3

The first album to defeat me in the sense that I was unable to find the complete album on any suitable service. Instead I listened to Ozomatli’s first album, which I owned, and selections from some other albums. I like Ozomatli. They mix some styles up together and whilst the whole thing isn’t going to tear up any trees, it’s perfectly decent well made music - Latin flair with hip hop beats. This hip hop head especially enjoys their collaborations with Chalib2na and De La Soul.

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Tvö lög aðgengileg á Spotify. Erfitt að meta út frá þeim tveimur. Fyrsta lagið mjög næs. Annað mediocre.

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2

I hated this, I thought this was fucking revolting. But.... I kind of respect what these gentleman are going for so it's a 2 from me, not a 1.

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2

An interesting blend of genres and influences that doesn't quite stick the landing - some tracks swirl with the perfect mix of Eastern/Latin/Hip-Hop rhythms, but others bite off more than they can chew and fall into a repetitive (and boring) holding pattern.

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2

Where do you go with your music in 2003?

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2

Blocked in NZ on Spotify

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hmm, I really thought I was going to enjoy this album. I feel like maybe there was a time when I listened to Ozomatli and liked them. This just feels like a mashup of the least interesting latin music and hip hop. It's upbeat and poppy and boring

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2

Not sure what this was at all. Didn’t fit into any genre.

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2

This is a tough one because I can't find a complete version of the album anywhere and it made for a very disjointed experience. The songs were okay but a little all over the place for me. My rating would possibly be different if I could listen to the entire album in a single place.

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New discovery for me, although I liked some of the sounds it overall didn't really grab me. A bit too poppy in places and I feel like the latin element got drowned out by more formulaic rock in places.

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Singer/ Songwriter

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Seems this band has been around a while but never heard of them. Bit different and not bad.

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1

Not my style. I prefer English. The Saturday night song wasn't too bad

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I guess this is party music. Hard to get in the party mood while at work on a rainy Wednesday morning. Some of the more hip hop tinged tracks sounded okay, but overall too eclectic for me.

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é uma bagunça e impossível de achar

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Absolutely fucking not.

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Not my thing.

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