Cuco Promotes Debut Album 'Para Mi' After Signing with Major Record Label

BY HOLLY GRACE JAMILI

Fans filed in one by one into the spacious venue. Smiling heads faced the achromatic stage, staggered with stationary gray panels, as ranchero music blasted through the hall. All of the music and chatter began to fade while the crowd chanted for Cuco, whose birth name is Omar Banos. The stage went black and a robotic voice over the speakers touched on this underdog’s rise to fame. It hollered out: “WARNING! WARNING! This foo Cuco is on a sick one. Rate this vato's flow 1 through 69… I heard this foo sold broken windows to put out his first album. But the real question remains. Where is this foo going? Where is this foo going?”

PHOTO: Holly Grace Jamili / BLENDED

PHOTO: Holly Grace Jamili / BLENDED

Chicano Los Angeles native Cuco’s DIY musical career popped off around the booming year of bedroom pop back in the summer of 2017. He uploaded music under this loving nickname that his mom gave him from being such a crazy and clumsy kid. Cuco’s first, but promising, hazy romantic 2017 single “Lo Que Siento” has amounted to over 56 million streams on Spotify alone.

This successful cariño’s amalgamation of Tropicalismo bossa nova, trap beats, and swooning Spanglish lyrics has indisputably appealed to young Latino listeners amongst many other hopefuls who were raised by first-generation immigrant parents. His intimate connection to his ethnic audience has captured the eyes of major labels. He later signed with Interscope Records.

The 21-year-old brought his soon-to-be hits to life for his audience at the City National Grove of Anaheim the Wednesday night prior to his highly anticipated project Para Mi that released on July 26.

PHOTO: Holly Grace Jamili / BLENDED

PHOTO: Holly Grace Jamili / BLENDED

The standard band set-up laid in front of the silvery, tall rectangles. The stationary gray panels transformed into flickering neon patterns of Cuco’s name that spread across the lava lamp-like background. The flashing suspenseful red stage lights painted the whole stage, and the Para Mi intro featuring Foos Gone Wild rocked the whole room.

Donned in all black and a gold chain, Cuco hopped up on stage to swipe the mic off the stand to thank his fans for coming to his home show and reminded them that his exciting new project Para Mi was coming out soon.

His band began playing the high-pitched chimes and blissful synth riffs that flow through “Keeping Tabs” — a song that adorns playing nintendo, experiencing heartbreak and taking shrooms, which Cuco’s collaborator-friend Suscato raps about in his in-song feature.

PHOTO: Holly Grace Jamili / BLENDED

PHOTO: Holly Grace Jamili / BLENDED

He put his audience in their feels while his fingers gracefully curled against the keyboard with his mouth caressing the mic. He alternated his Para Mi set with his classic hits “Lover is a Day” and “Amor de Siempre” from his first album Wannabewithu, where he surprised the audience with his trumpet musicianship.

Cuco’s reinvented genius sound of Spanish ballads and hard-hitting beats has created his own genre of Trap-icalismo, which is sprinkled all throughout Para Mi. This album is proven to be a psychedelic-infested rollercoaster compacted with life’s ups and downs, voyaging through romantic battles that neither win or lose. So, “where is this foo going?” Guess we'll just have to leave that up to Cuco to figure out when he creates another album after Para Mi.

Catch him on another tour in North America for his latest project and buy tickets here.

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