Monday, August 1, 2011

Video: 3Ball MTY - "Inténtalo"

| by Reuben "Judah" Torres

Vice meets Bandamax. That was my first impression upon viewing 3BALL MTY’s new video for “Intentalo.” Of course, it’s not as if no one saw this coming, especially after the group’s initial breakthrough feature in The Fader, and a certain infamous video by Vice. But tribal's roots have always been with the populace, originating in the flea markets of Tepito before making its way to northern Mexico and beyond.

One aspect I’d like to point to tends to be overlooked in the discourse surrounding tribal, and that is that its assumed role within the continuum of onda grupera and the tradition of cumbia mexicana. You’d be hard-pressed to overlook its commonalities with the latter, especially as tribal adopts the less rave-friendly 3/4 time signature, a staple of the cumbia sound. Its purely electronic nature easily recalls the '90s tecnocumbia sound of iconic acts like Mi Banda El Mexicano. Granted, the grupero connection has been easier to miss––especially as tribal is mostly based around singular DJ figures––but it becomes all the more evident with the inclusion of El Bebeto and America Sierra, both paragons of la onda grupera, as guest vocalists on “Intentalo." Particularly noteworthy is the fact that all three members of 3BALL MTY appear together as a group (or perhaps conjunto?), further reinforcing the notion that the group’s aim lies with that audience. Never mind duranguense, this is the grupero sound of the 21st century.

In an interview with Noiselab a few years ago, Toy Selectah––who has served as a sort of mentor figure for 3BALL MTY since their inception–– predicted that, in the coming years, rave music would become “la música de las periferias,” or the music of the urban outskirts, as it were. “Intentalo” is a testament to tribal’s new stature as an authentic regional Mexican style with its goal firmly bent on mass appeal. But, almost as if preempting global commodification, it winks at its presumed hipster audience, all the while basking in all its pointy boots glory.


  1. I should say more. Anybody can be a DJ now and make decent sounds, but this is not something that breaks ground or innovative. It's just like the Hyphy/ banda stuff that is big in the Bay area...don't get it, but that's just me.

  2. Great review. This song is amazing, I'm addicted to it.

  3. Informative review. Funny video. Song lacks 3Ball strength. Hope it's not a new path.

  4. This is a catchy song... but having seen Tribal video's on sites such as you tube and the way people ACTUALLY dance to this, the video fails to represent how indeed this is “la música de las periferias,” (music of the periphery).

  5. this is not a mockumentary:

  6. well... the video/song is obviously a nudge and a wink to bad teenage mexi-pop (ala los super reyes). and i think eric rincon and the 3ball mty crew did this because they would get good money (or at least some money) out of it.

    More-over and more importantly, i like that the (3ball mty) guys acknowledge and embrace the response they got from pointy-boots crowd. Somehow, it speaks volume about how tribal (guarachero and otherwise) could possibly transcend the usual social warfare and divisions that so many musical movements and genres in mexico are subjected to (i.e fresa v. naco, provincial v. city, middleclass v. workingclass, northern v. southern, darkerskinned v. lightskinned)

    Especially when it comes to alternative/underground music of late, there's always a question about WHO is consuming it. This further begs the question of whether the term and concept of "alternative" should exclusively be owned by middle-class, persumably urban youth.

    This may not be their best song. But it's fun without being ironic and i like what (i think) it represents.

  7. The gilr sings a little bit like Sandra Velásquez from Pistolera, just saying, cheers!