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About

Teno the Terrible is a play on my Aztec rapper name “Tenochtitlan”. Many folks couldn’t pronounce Tenochtitlan, and would call me “Teno” for short. Due to my rip-you-in-half rap style, I flipped it in the tradition of Atila the Hun, or Alexander the Great. Teno the Terrible is a lyrical carnivore not to be reckoned with. It’s all in good fun. Think of a Mexican Stephen King. Horror films may give you nightmares, but they’re harmless. Same with my music. So, please don’t be intimidated and instead indulge a bit in a little roughness, word play, and “say it without saying it” boiling passion, como agua pa’ chocolate.

My name is Angela Hernandez Rodriguez and I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I grew up right down the street from the OG Tommy’s Burgers off Temple and Rampart in Rampart District. I am the first generation Mexican-American daughter of Mexican immigrant parents who risked everything including their lives to come to the United States in hopes of finding greater opportunity than was available in Mexico at that time. My father worked the fields of Northern California, San Joaquin Valley under the Bracero Program and my mother found work providing in-home care to the elderly when they first arrived from Mexico. Although I was surrounded by gang activity, graffiti-filled walls, gunshots rang out nightly as news helicopters circled our block…I chose a different path. My parents have instilled in me the value of hard work, honesty, integrity, and honoring your apellido—your last name, as that is the only thing that lives on.

Hip hop music is my life and I hope you enjoy the music on this site. I am currently working on my 2nd album, The Exquisite, set for a fall 2019/spring 2020 release. Everything on this site is designed by my Design Director and I with the sole intention of expressing our love and respect of Mexican, Mexican-American, Latino cultures through the hardknock lens of living in this great city I love so much, Los Angeles. De todo corazon, arriba mi pueblo!


Music Experience:

  • Independently released Obsidian Rapture album (1,000 units) September 2010
  • Opened for artists such as Medusa, Mellow Man Ace, RA the Rugged Man, 2Mex, at local venues: Key Club (Hollywood), The Terrace (Pasadena), Rhythm Lounge (Long Beach), 2nd St. Jazz Club (Little Tokyo), El Sabor Lounge, and many others
  • Flown out to headline in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by Virus Enterprises, 2011

TV & Radio:

    • Interviewed on LatiNation by host Humberto Guida, under the LATV Network
    • Track “Severe” from Obsidian Rapture played on Latino 96.3fm (now Mega 96.3fm) Social Sounds Network with Host JDubs
    • Track “Illegales” from Obsidian Rapture played on KPFK 90.7fm –Break Beats & Rhymes segment with MP & Cheddy

Publications:

  • Tropeles Juveniles, Culturas e identidades (trans) fronterizas, Jose Manuel Valenzuela Arce (coordinador) – paperback, on Amazon.com
  • La Verdad, An International Dialogue on Hip Hop Latinidades, Chapter 12 written by Diana Pelaez – hardcover, Amazon.com
  • Cosmopolitan magazine, “For Latinas”, August 2013

Other Interests:

  • Chef & recipe developer, Le Cordon Bleu alumni
  • Nonprofit founder and CEO, Hip Hop for Humanity L.A., 501(c)(3) 2011-2015
  • Community activist, regular volunteer at various local organizations
  • Sailor, Los Angeles Maritime Institute volunteer

Competitions

2017 USC 5th Annual Culinary Challenge, 2nd place silver medal winners