Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service
Spanish rapper explains ‘weird duality’, has sights on Batalla de los Gallos title.
Arkano is like the Jekyll and Hyde of the music world.
There is a 50-50 split to his existence, flitting from Guillermo Rodriguez Godinez, a 23-year-old IT student from Alicante to becoming the Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos world champion in 2015 under the guise Arkano.
Arkano, who finished in third place at last year’s event, explained: “For sure, there is a weird duality in me between Guillermo, who’s very shy and introvert, and Arkano, who’s cool and defiant and not afraid of facing thousands of people.”
Ahead of this year’s Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos in Mexico City on 3 December, the Spaniard is not ashamed to admit that one passion is infinitely more important to him than the other.
“IT is like my plan Z,” he says of his university degree. “There are so many things that I’d like to do before that, like paint houses in Austria or open a mojito bar in Cuba.
“IT is here, studying it has helped me, it has structured my mind, it helps me solve problems. But, right now I don’t see myself working on it.”
In some ways, problem solving is the key as he prepares to take on some of the rest of the world’s most adept rap artists on stage.
But he clearly has the energy levels for whatever is thrown at him.
Arkano, who first won his national title at the Batalla de los Gallos as a 15-year-old, last year broke the record for English and Spanish freestyle rap, with over 24 hours of action, the record watched by 24,000 fans.
Watch Arkano & other MCs from Spanish-speaking countries battle in the World Final on Sunday, December 3 on Red Bull TV.