Arkano swap the mic and verses for the ‘MasterChef Celebrity 6’ apronAlthough cameras have not been strange to him for years. The figure of the rapper, who will share experience with David Bustamante or Terelu Campos, has transcended music and has accessed television to make visible causes such as the fight against ‘bullying’, machismo or homophobia.
Guillermo Rodríguez Godínez was born on March 23, 1994 in Alicante. After discovering the work of Nach or El Chojín, he became interested in ‘hip hop’ and participated in the first cockfights, with compositions created to vent the bullying he suffered in the first person at school.
His Guiness record
Rodríguez began to be known in the field of music at the national level when he was only 15 years old, when he won the battle of roosters organized by Red Bull, beating heavyweights of this well-known competition. In 2015, he revalidated the title in his hometown and took another step forward by being crowned world champion of the discipline in a confrontation that was not without controversy. Arkano kissed his rival during the performance, a gesture that he has repeated on several occasions.
Since then, Arkano has not stopped climbing the rungs. On October 28, 2016, with the Puerta del Sol in Madrid as a witness, the young man managed to enter the Guinness Book of Records after not stop ‘rapping’ for 24 hours, 34 minutes and 27 seconds, resting between song and song for three seconds, and eating only shakes and protein gels.
Connected to RTVE
These successes would soon open the doors of the small screen for the contestant. As a result of his collaborations in ‘Late Motiv’ and in ‘El hormiguero’, RTVE offered him the opportunity to lead ‘Urban rhythms’, a space of La 2 dedicated to various forms of street culture. Curiously, he replaced his ‘teacher’ El Chojín.
Arkano, presenting ‘Urban Rhythms’ on La 2. (Youtube)
In 2019, the singer presented ‘Project Arkano’ (La 1 and Playz), focused on debating with a group of adolescents about their concerns to later teach these thoughts to parents and improve communication between both generations. That same year, he was ‘kidnapped’ by the public channel to go to ‘El gran hijack’, an ‘escape room’ broadcast through RTVE’s youth digital platform. Along with Ruth Lorenzo or Máximo Huerta, the artist had to escape from the room with the help of spectators and social networks.
He currently combines his television activity with the radio programs ‘Yu: don’t miss anything’ (Europa FM) and ‘La ventana’ (Cadena SER), in addition to continuing to publish music regularly.
Melendi’s advisor in ‘La Voz’
After the good reception of ‘Déjala de baile’, his song with Alejandro Sanz and Melendi, Guillermo became Melendi’s advisor in the fifth edition of ‘La Voz Kids’. At this stage, Arkano showed he had no qualms about giving his opinion both inside and outside the children’s ‘talent’.
The good vibes of the program led David Bisbal and Melendi to parody the headline of ‘The Prince of Bel Air’, however, the result provoked an unexpected wave of criticism from Antena 3 viewers, who considered the joke as “an offense” to rap. “At no time was it sought to say that this is rap or that this is the culture of ‘hip hop’ […] It is part of the ‘show’, it is part of the entertainment “, The 27-year-old wanted to clarify on social networks, thus coming out in defense of his teammates.
A very controversial ‘promo’
Only a few days after the aforementioned moment, Rodríguez got back into another good ‘eggplant’. Without further explanation, he shared with his followers a video in which he appeared supposedly drunk and harassing a half-naked and unconscious woman. This attitude, contrary to the values that he promotes in his lyrics, did not take long to bring the rapper’s name to the top of Twitter trends.
If I say what I think they close my account pic.twitter.com/0IvAAPj4jT
– ..̯ (@nereagalveez) November 28, 2019
False alarm. It was all a curious marketing strategy designed to promote the theme ‘I don’t get out’, an invitation to reflect “on the inherited values of success, what they tell us we have to follow and achieve in order to succeed”. The experiment turned out not bad at all, which accumulated 200,000 visits in its first 12 hours circulating on the Internet.
writer and computer
Arkano has not wasted time between projects. In 2017, he graduated in Computer Engineering and has written two books: ‘Assault into the void: how did I get here?’ (2016) and ‘Castles in space’ (2018). As he reveals in his social accounts, where he has more than a million followers, he dedicates his free time to sports, especially paddle tennis.
It does not seem that one of his hobbies is cooking, as he claims “not to have much idea” of culinary art. He even asked his ‘followers’ to teach him “recipes or tricks” to do the best possible role in ‘MasterChef Celebrity 6’.