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Natti Natasha before Being The Woman With Most Views On YouTube

We love us some SLW! (it stands for Strong Latina Woman, of course), and Natti Natasha is certainly one of them. Her morenaza looks and her unashamedly fierce attitude have helped her climb the ranks of the musical industry, while becoming a voice for fellow women and for Brown identity, both in the United States and in Latin American markets such as Peru, Colombia, and Chile, where she is incredibly famous.

These are some facts you need to know about this gorgeous lady that has arrived para quedarse.

Su nombre completo is…

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Her birth certificate reads Natalia Alexandra Gutiérrez Batist, but it is OK if you simply call her Natti, short for Natalia in most Latin American countries.

Her birthday is very close to Navidad

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She was born on December 10, 1986. We wonder if tiny chiquita Natalia got double presents at the end of the year! And yes, this powerhouse is as young as she is talented.

She is a proud native of Santiago de los Caballeros, in the Dominican Republic

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This Caribbean queen began her mi involvement in music at a very early age. When she was just seven-years-old she registered in the School of Fine Arts of her hometown, training as a singer.

Her musical heroes are…  (hint, she has impeccable gusto musical)

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As a child of the sea, of course, she was influenced by Bob Marley, but also by Jerry Rivera and the amazing Lauryn Hill, a member of The Fugees and one of the most powerful female Black voices of recent years.

She moved to New York when she was just 18

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This brave lady moved to the United States when she was just dieciocho, trying to start a career in pop music. That is where she had a meeting that would change her life.

She met Don Omar and her life as a struggling singer living in the Bronx took a giant leap

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Don Omar, who is the godfather of Latino reggaeton in the United States, singed Natti Natasha to his record label, Orfanato Music Group. Her dream was starting to take shape.

En menos de lo que canta un gallo she was collaborating with Don Omar and Farruko

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Just like any reggaeton artist, Natti Natasha’s beginnings were marked by collaborations with more established artists. She released “Dutty Love” with Don Omar and “Crazy in Love” with Farruko. These songs were part of a compilation album released by Don Omar.

2017: the year of Daddy Yankee

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Another rite of passage in the industry is to collaborate with the legendary Daddy Yankee, and Natti Natasha did do in 2017, with the song “Otra Cosa”.

In 2017 she also broke into the Billboard charts, esa es mija!

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After her song with Daddy Yankee she collaborated with Ozuna, and the song, “Criminal”, was a hit, one of those songs that seem to be blessed by the gods of music. She reached the top five in the Billboard Hot Latin Songs.

Fuera la pijama… with Becky G

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If you are reading this, we are almost sure that you have listed to “Sin Pijama”, Natasha’s collaboration with the other reina del raeggeton, Becky G. The video has reached one billion views. Damn!

Her debut album was released in 2019

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Yes, the muy pegajoso and amazing album Illuminati was released on February 15 this year. It was launched by Pina Records and Sony Music Latin. Not bad for a Dominican princess who once had a dream!

Her YouTube numbers are higher than Taylor Swift’s and Ariana Grande’s

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Just to get an idea of how big of a deal she is: in 2018 alone her videos were watched over 4 billion times. Just let that sink in for a moment. Son un chingo de veces. 

She is a natural beauty

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Yes, she might be all maquillada and super-produced onstage, but she is a natural and honest belleza. Just look at this picture of her sans makeup: that skin speaks of self-care and self-love.

She has a raw, empowering sensuality 

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Natti Natasha is not afraid to show off her physical attributes and is very, very flirty and amazing on social media (see picture above!). She is what modern femininity is all about.

The industry has fallen at her feet

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Natasha has won so many accolades that we can only imagine what her mantelpiece will look like when she is an old lady looking back at her life. She was a big winner in the 2019 Premio Lo Nuestro awards, where she took home four awards. She has also won the Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female, award at the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

She has visited Venezuela recently, where she experienced first-hand the awesomeness of its people

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She recorded the video for “No voy a llorar” in the embattled country. She shared heart-warming photos and a positive message on her Insta. We can’t help but love her.

She is brave and is unafraid of challenges

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In the Women in the Lead Panel at Latin Music week, she said: “It was more about not being afraid of doing certain things. Not being afraid of collaborating with other females, not being afraid of singing as a solo artist. That’s the key to becoming successful in this industry: to dare and to not be afraid.” Thanks for your courage, queen!

She has succeeded in a world dominated by men

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And this doubles her merit. She told Rolling Stone about her experience writing her debut album: “I saw myself struggling with being independent. And being afraid to try different things, of going into different genres, of going into a studio and being [the only] girl.” We are thankful for women like herself and Becky G, who have broken the proverbial glass ceiling for future generations of Latina talent.

Rob Kardashian is head over heels for her, but he has been a bit creepy in doing so. No, Rob, just no. 

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Yes, Rob Kardashian was being a bit viejo cochino on Twitter... seriously, dude. There are DM’s and if Natti Natasha wants to reply, then that is her prerogative.

The international sponsorships have started… be ready to live in Natti Natasha’s world!

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Natti Natasha has struck a deal with internationally famous liqueur Malibu (a coconut lover’s dream). This is a big breakthrough for any Spanish-speaking artist. Her charm and above all her talent will surely lead to more tratos jugosos.

She has collaborated with la crema y nata of Latin music, and she will continue to do so

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The ever-expanding list of talent she has collaborated with include Bad Bunny, R.K.M & Ken-Y, Becky G, Thalía and Cosculluela. The sky is the limit for this reina dominicana and we are sure we will see much more of her in the years to come.

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Exclusive: Natti Natasha and Becky G Talk “Sin Pijama” Legacy, Reuniting for “Ram Pam Pam”

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Exclusive: Natti Natasha and Becky G Talk “Sin Pijama” Legacy, Reuniting for “Ram Pam Pam”

Exactly three years after Natti Natasha and Becky G changed the game in reggaeton with “Sin Pijama,” the women have reunited for “Ram Pam Pam.” The Dominican reggaetonera and the Chicana pop star are ballers in the new music video. In an exclusive with Latido Music, Natti and Becky talked about the legacy of “Sin Pijama” and coming together again. Natasha also opened up about her pregnancy and her baby girl that’s on the way.

With “Sin Pijama,” Becky G and Natti Natasha showed that two women in reggaeton could be bankable and break records together.

On April 20, 2018, Becky G and Natti Natasha changed the way women were viewed in reggaeton with the release of their global hit “Sin Pijama.” In a genre that’s dominated by men, they proved that two women could be bankable together with the 38-times Platinum song. The music video has over 1.8 billion views on YouTube.

“I remember believing in ‘Sin Pijama,'” Becky G tells mitú. “I had the demo for like over a year. Nobody heard what I heard. It was so frustrating. I remember someone telling me, ‘If you think it’s such a hit then why would you want to share it?'”

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When she was a kid in Inglewood, Becky was listening to Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Those two pop queens were often compared with each other as they coming up in the 2000s. Becky was hoping that they would join forces one day.

“I used to think, ‘Damn, it would’ve been crazy if Britney and Christina Aguilera went on a tour together,'” Becky says. “If they did albums together. The records that would’ve broken. I didn’t have that alliance to look up to growing up. It was the opposite. It was the media feeding and pitting each other against one another. I used to think, ‘Wow, that’s really toxic.'”

Becky G saw “Sin Pijama” as her chance to create that alliance between women that she wanted to see, especially in reggaeton where that was rarely happening. She reveals that record execs were having concerns if the audience would be able to tell Becky and Natti apart because they’re both “very pretty” and have the same hair color.

“We also come from very different places, very different experiences, and point of views, and have our talent and banderas to represent,” Becky says. “We are so different so let’s come together to show people that we are more together.”

Before “Sin Pijama,” Becky and Natti were coming off their own music videos with a billion views each.

It was also a matter of mathematics for Becky as both reggaetoneras were coming off their own music videos with over a billion views each. For Natti, it was her collaboration “Criminal” with Ozuna and for Becky, that was “Mayores” with Bad Bunny. “I was like, ‘We have a billion views here and we have another billion views here,'” she says. “If we come together that’s another billion. That’s three billion views right there.”

When Becky received the track with Natti’s fire verse, she admits that she had to go back into the recording studio after. Natti wasn’t playing any games when she came through with the iconic “p*rra en la cama” line.

“[Natti] is bad a*s!” Becky says. “Natti has flow. When she sent me her part to ‘Sin Pijama,’ I died. I actually went into the studio again to re-record my parts. I was like, ‘Yo, she brought the heat and I gotta meet her there.'”

There have been more all-women collaborations in reggaeton since the success of “Sin Pijama.”

Since “Sin Pijama,” there’s been a rise in all-women collaborations in reggaeton and in Latin music. More women have felt empowered to come together and release anthems like “Sin Pijama” after the song’s success. Last month for Women’s History Month, Natasha dropped “La Duras” with Colombia’s Farina, Argentina’s Cazzu, and Puerto Rico’s La Duraca.

“Sin Pijama” also became an anthem for their fans in the LGBTQ+ community.

“Sin Pijama” was not only a pivotal point for women in reggaeton, but it also became an anthem for queer communities to enjoy in the club. As women have fought for space in the male-dominated reggaeton scene, that’s something that’s resonated with their fans in the LGBTQ+ community.

“The queer community is just so beautiful and inspiring,” Becky says. “They see us as underdogs, and they felt like underdogs, and when we come together, we get to really hear each other and represent one another. They continue to be such a huge support to me as an artist. I think to a lot of us Latinas.”

In the Zoom conversation, Natti nods in agreement as Becky says that. “I’m always grateful to the community,” she adds. “They saw us and they felt the same way. They’re also struggling for their acceptance. As women in freaking reggaeton, which is music, why is that something hard? From the get-go, I felt so supported. Everything that we do is also for everyone, and for them. To us, that’s very important to do that. I’m always blessed with the support.”

Natti recently revealed her pregnancy.

Natasha revealed her pregnancy at the Premio Lo Nuestro Awards in February. She was performing her latest hit “Antes Que Salga El Sol” with Dominican-American pop star Prince Royce. During the performance, she was proudly displaying her baby bump.

“It feels a bit nerve-wracking, but it feels fun,” Natasha says about her pregnancy. “I really wanted it and I’ve never been happier before in my whole entire life.”

Natti is having a baby girl with Raphy Pina.

Earlier this month, Natasha had a gender reveal party with her fiancé Raphy Pina. They have a baby girl on the way. When I ask Natti what she thinks if her future daughter wanted to be an artist as well, she says with laugh, “I’m like, ‘You are not going out, child, from this house.'” After joking, Natasha says hopefully her experiences as an artist can help out her daughter if she chooses that path.

“I would let her,” Natti says. “She can do whatever she wants. I did it anyways even if my parents didn’t want me to do at the moment because they didn’t understand. I just want to be very prepared. I thank God I went through everything I went through just so I could be there for her. Even though she could do her own thing. I want to be able to give her the right advice and not come from an ignorant place.”

Natti and Becky reunite for their new collaboration “Ram Pam Pam.”

Natasha’s pregnancy was a little visible in her music video for “Ram Pam Pam.” This marks her second collaboration with Becky G. In a continuation of the “Las Duras” music video, Becky G drives them to a gym where they own the basketball court. Prince Royce from the “Sin Pijama” music video also makes an appearance. Natti presented Becky with the hypnotic and sexy banger.

“I said if I could do any type of collaboration with this huge song that I have had the feeling it was going to be, it has to be Becky,” Natti says. “There’s no one in the world with who I have better chemistry, personally and in general. To find someone genuine to say, ‘If I have a hit, this is who I’m sharing it with.’ And that was her. It’s catchy. I feel like it’s different. It has all the elements for her and me and for people to enjoy it.”

Becky is looking forward to the day that she and Natti can turn up to “Ram Pam Pam” at the clubs. She describes it as one of the songs that will have you running to the dance floor, even if you’re in the bathroom.

“I know you’re preggers right now, but I can’t wait to until your little princess is here so we can go out,” Becky says. “And we can be like that movie Bad Moms when they party and get chocolate wasted. It’s just puro perreo. I love it.”

With “Sin Pijama” in the history books of reggaeton and “Ram Pam Pam” poised to empower more women in the genre, Natti reflects on her impact with Becky G. What that can mean for her daughter and the girls that come after them.

“I hope this way that Becky and me are paving,” she says. “That it could give these little girls a possibility in the future to say, ‘It’s not impossible anymore or it’s not so hard anymore.'”

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Harvard-Bound Latina Daughter Of Undocumented Immigrants Accepted To Four Ivy League Schools

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Harvard-Bound Latina Daughter Of Undocumented Immigrants Accepted To Four Ivy League Schools

With her family crowded around her computer, Santa Ana High School senior Stephany Gutiérrez anxiously checked the status of her college applications. Like most students, Gutiérrez had her heart settled on top schools but unlike so many, she was accepted into not one but four Ivy League colleges.

In an emotional video, Gutiérrez and her family react as they check the status of her admission to find that she was accepted into Columbia University, Brown, and Dartmouth.

Gutiérrez was recently accepted into Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, and Columbia.

The daughter of undocumented immigrants and with dreams to become a pro-bono attorney, Gutiérrez was accepted into four of the five colleges she applied to. No surprise, she also got into her first choice, Harvard.

“It was difficult, my parents are still illegal immigrants here in the United States. Their support in particular has been excellent, my father and mother have always told me that education is the way to get ahead,” Gutiérrez explained in a recent interview with Univision.

In the video, Gutierrez reads off her acceptance status to each school to her extremely thrilled parents.

“I got in!” she can be heard saying of her acceptance to Columbia University and then the other Ivy League schools.

“It took like an hour or two for the news to settle in,” Gutierrez explained in an interview with CBS. “I was in disbelief. I was like, wait, actually, let me go back and read all of it, maybe I missed a part, but, yeah, it’s starting to settle in. It’s very exciting.”

Gutierrez’s mentor Gloria Montiel-Itzel, an alumna of both Santa Ana High School and Harvard, underlined in a recent interview that it takes more than good grades to get into Ivy League schools.

“I think it’s a commitment to something other than themselves,” she explained about Gutierrez and two other seniors (Oziel Flores and Cielo Echegoyen) in her class who were also recently accepted to Harvard. “And I think all three of them, in different ways, have really shown that they care more about their community, their school and making things better for others, and I think that’s something that Harvard really loves.”

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