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21 Things You Just Gotta Know About Becky G

It is no secret that Latinas are slaying in arenas that were previously out of their reach because of freaking discrimination on racial and gender terms. One of those areas is hip-hop music, which has been mainly dominated by men who, let’s be honest, are often sexist and a bit vulgar. That is why Becky G stands out as a pioneer: she has opened the way for Hispanic female talent to influence urban cultures through music.

These are some facts you just gotta know about the author of “Sin Pijama” and “Mayores!”

1. Her full name is Rebbeca Marie Gomez

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Quite a mouthful and totally telenovela-character material. And she was born on March 2, 1997, in Inglewood, California. A true Latina Cali princess.

2. She began her career as a vlogger and published covers

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She is a true representative of the YouTube generation. She would sing her heart out covering hits and posting the videos online. The famous producer Dr. Luke saw the videos. The rest, as they say, es historia. She mainly covered Jay-Z and Kanye West tunes.

 3. You can’t get more mainstream than Disney

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Becky G has it all: her image is both sensual and wholesome, which is why Disney and ABC chose her as one of the stars for their Holiday Celebration. Esta mujer lo tiene todo de todo.

4. Her family REALLY struggled when she was a kid

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Sometimes life ain’t easy for a Latino family in the United States. Her family experienced precarious situations, including being left homeless and having to live in the grandparents’ garage. Now that she has it all she doesn’t take anything for granted. And some people dare to say that we Latinos are slackers… we work hard and make ends meet while keeping families together.

5. But like all strong Latina women, she rolled up her sleeves

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Becky G is hardworking AF, and she did commercials and voice over jobs to help her family make ends meet. Eso mija! La familia es primero.

6. She had to be home schooled because she suffered from bullying

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Becky G experiences school violence at an early age. She says she was once jumped on by a group of girls who were perhaps jealous of her work in the entertainment industry. She had to be homeschooled as a result. We can only wonder what those girls are thinking now that she is rich, famous and fabulous.

7. She started rapping when she was just 11

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You are never too young to experiment. Our girl started dropping mics at the tender age of 11. If only we could access those recordings!

8. She still lives at home with her family

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Becky G keeps in real and as a 21-year-old she still lives at home with her parents and her three siblings: brothers Frankie and Alex and sister Stephanie. Nothing to be ashamed of: on the contrary, family keeps her grounded. By the way, her mami still takes her places as Becky G doesn’t have a driver’s license. They must have some amazing cotorreo on the road.

9. How do you call her fans?

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Beasters! Seriously, this is one of the best fandom names we know of. It sounds fierce and zero nerdish.

10. She can get political

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Both Latinos and women live perilous times and Becky G knows it. When high school activists from around the country got together to protest gun violence and the system that enables it, Becky G was there to encourage them and offer support.

11. She is a big Selena fan… duh

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Like any Mexican-American girl who picks up a microphone, Becky G rinde tributo a la reina Selena, who opened up the mainstream avenue for proud Latinas who don’t want to be manacled by stereotypes. Selena has also inspired Becky G’s style, as evidenced in the photo bellow:

12. She eats raw lemons as a snack!

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One thing is for sure: her vitamin C levels are healthy. Becky G enjoys eating citrus food on its own. Just look at her in this Selena-inspired outfit. Maybe her healthy diet is to thank for her killer silhouette

 13. She also loves J-Lo and recognizes her influence

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This is why she titled her debut single “Becky from the Block”, in clear reference to Jennifer Lopez’ famous hit “Jenny from the Block”. Latina princesses stick together. The boricua J-Lo was a pioneer in the late 1990s.

14. She is one of the most successful artists on YouTube

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Get this: she has 11.5 million subscribers to her channel. Her video “Mayores” has been seen 1.4 billion times! That has translated into success for Vevo.

15. She has Jalisco blood!

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She is a tapatia girl. All her four grandparents are from Jalisco, Mexico, the land of tequila and mariachis. Perhaps her ancestors were the musical type and their talent now flows on Becky G’s veins.

16. She is the face for Cover Girl

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It is increasingly common for Latino power players to become representatives for global brands. Becky G’s youthful appearance and the influence she has on hordes of young buyers led Cover Girl to sign her. They are lucky to have her.

17. She slays on Spotify

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Just look at her 2017 stats. Quite impressive for a young woman who just recently was making ends meet doing voice over jobs for a fraction of what she is earning now. She understands that the market is now dominated by streaming platforms and plans her promotional campaigns accordingly.

18. She has opened for Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias

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Becky G is entering the mainstream and there is no stopping her now! She has opened for established artists like Spanish heartthrob Enrique Iglesias, who frequently shares the stage with Pitbull. Guau. She has also opened for Katy Perry. Se dice fácil, pero it is not. World tours are carefully staged events where every step is premeditated: big label heads recognized talent right away.

19. Becky G is a Dodgers fan, true LA girl

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Becky is a true Cali girl and a Dodgers fan. The Dodgers have a long history of attachment to the Latin American community of California, with legendary players such as the Mexican pitcher Fernando Valenzuela being key in the team’s long, glorious history.

20. … and also a Guadalupana

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Like many Mexican-Americans, Becky G is a devout guadalupana and has let her amor for la virgencita be known on her social media accounts, particularly her Insta.

21. Becky G cares

 

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Above all, Becky G is a sensitive human being. When the Vegas mass shooting put the whole world into alert and sent hundreds of families into mourning, Becky G quickly sent out a message of support.

Take A Look Inside J Balvin’s Gorgeous Homes And Prepare For Some Serious House Envy

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Take A Look Inside J Balvin’s Gorgeous Homes And Prepare For Some Serious House Envy

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Fact: J Balvin is a fashion icon. Apart from inspiring millions of fans with hit after hit, the reggaetonero is well known for his iconic looks that also inspire his stans. Whether its leopard print-dye hair or a fashion-forward collection in partnership with Guess, Balvin is an artist with an eye for pretty much everything.

With such an outrageous and fashion-forward aesthetic, many fans may be surprised to see where the Colombian superstars calls home.

The ‘X’ and ‘Mi Gente’ singer owns two properties in Colombia — a loft in the city, and a massive, Japanese-inspired country house.

In a recent interview with Architectural Digest (AD), Balvin introduces the world to his two beautiful homes in Colombia. The Grammy Award-winning artist has a loft apartment in Medellín and a country home about thirty minutes outside the city.

He says that he designed the homes with hosting friends and family in mind, but that the space has also been a peaceful place to quarantine during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

“I really enjoy that it is a place where, basically, I’m living now,” he says in the video. “Now that quarantine has started for like three months now, I’m really happy that I created the place that I wanted. It’s not a place to show off, it’s a place for my soul to rest.”

In an interview with Architectural Digest, Balvin opens up about his personal style and how he gets inspired.

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Balvin tells AD that “architecture, music, fashion – they’re all forms of expression,” and he holds that belief close to his heart. He adds that “a house should be a place where you can rest your spirit. I’ve tried to create places that feed my soul, not my ego.”

Given the clean and luxurious aesthetics of both of his homes, it’s obvious that Balvin enjoys neutral spaces that allow him to connect with his artistic side.

His Medellín loft-style apartment is the home that many dreams are made of.

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In his Medellín apartment — which Balvin describes as one giant “man cave” — high ceilings, concrete floors and a muted color palette give the space an industrial feel, allowing his art collection to shine.

Paintings and sculptures by artists like KAWS, WhIsBe, Josh Sperling, and Takashi Murakami splash color in an otherwise spare space, and give structure to the open floor plan. (There is only one door in the loft — to the bathroom). 

A garage-style door leads out to the apartment’s private pool, where Balvin likes to kick back. He describes the urban sanctuary as “a place where I can vibe with art and architecture, the things I love.”

His country home – no less luxurious – draws inspiration from his love for the energy and culture of Japan.

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Tucked 30 minutes outside the city amidst a jungle landscape in Llanogrande, Balvin’s country home is similarly artful, but is more family-focused. Balvin says that the home’s design was influenced by Japan because he loves the energy of the country. 

The majority of the expansive, one-level property — which is surrounded by lush jungle — is designed with black and oak wood features. Bonsai trees can be found both inside and outside the home. 

In a video tour, Balvin shares that he never actually sleeps in his bedroom. Instead, the main suite is equipped with a massive walk-in closet that houses his 850 pairs of sneakers. “I like to sleep around the different rooms… I don’t like to get bored of my own places,” he says.

The bedroom, like many of the rooms in the house, has a glass door that leads outside, allowing Balvin to take in his natural surroundings, with ample greenery providing plenty of privacy. He says he likes to sit outside and meditate, drink tea and think — often by the swimming pool, which runs down into a reflecting pool surrounded by areas to dine and lounge al fresco. 

Chiquis And Becky G Release Video For Spanish-Language Version Of Dolly Parton’s Hit Song ‘Jolene’

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Chiquis And Becky G Release Video For Spanish-Language Version Of Dolly Parton’s Hit Song ‘Jolene’

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Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” is arguably one of the most iconic songs in American music. We have all heard bits and pieces of the song growing up because it is just that iconic. After almost 50 years, “Jolene” has another Spanish-language cover brought to us by Becky G and Chiquis.

Spanish-speaking country music fans have a new cover to celebrate.

Becky G and Chiquis have released the music video for their Spanish-language cover of the American classic song “Jolene.” Originally released by Dolly Parton in 1973, “Jolene” is one of those songs that have become a timeless classic of American music.

Country music is quickly becoming a favorite genre in the Latino community. There has been a 25 percent increase in Latino support of country music. When you consider how many Latinos live in the south in states like Texas, it kind of makes sense.

Rolling Stone magazine claimed that it was the first Spanish-language cover of the song.

The magazine got called out on Twitter after claiming that this was the first Spanish-language cover of “Jolene.” The cover by regional Mexican music divas Becky G and Chiquis is good but it is not the first.

The first Spanish-language cover of “Jolene” is by Las Chicas del Can.

The Dominican group recorded “Youlin” in 1985 and the merengue take on the song is really fun to listen to. The version from the girl group is a very different take and feel on the song as compared to Becky G and Chiquis. The two songs are very different and both are very fun to listen to.

Either way, fans of country and regional Mexican music are here for this.

The music video is an animated rollercoaster with Becky G and Chiquis playing tough mujeres doing their thing. The music video is set up like a comic book because we all know that the most amazing superhero stories are comic books. Tbh, these two looked perfect in their tough acting roles.

If you want to listen to the original “Jolene,” here it is.

Truly, this will probably remain one of the greatest American classics of all time.

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