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These Break Out Latino Artists Totally Deserve a Spot On Your Playlist Right Now

If 2018 was a good year for Latino culture in the U.S., 2019 better hold on to its Takis. With the rise of artists like Cardi B, who can top charts in Latin music and rap music. We’re not talking Spanish to English crossover. We’re referencing Drake cooing in Spanish alongside Bad Bunny record-breaking hits like “MIA.”

A new path has been paved, and it started long before these artists came along. We’re Latinos. We’ve been growing in the U.S. and it shows. Here are the artists that are on the verge of breaking out and they have a lot to say. Listen in, no?

Bad Bunny

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I don’t know how this can be, but some of my Puerto Rican cousins still don’t know who Bad Bunny is, so I leave him here for you just in case you’re a lost soul. That’s okay. If Cardi B didn’t come around last year, Bad Bunny would be the breakout Latin trap artist of the year. He just dropped his debut album and it’s yours for the taking.

Melii

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Afro-Latina rapper Melii is low key known for covering Cardi B.’s “Bodak Yellow” with an acoustic intro and her own rewrite.

Pro tip: add “Icey” to your workout playlist and get it.

Duki

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Starting out as a freestyler in Buenos Aires, he won the muy famosa competition “El Quinto Escalón.” His career has taken off in the last year, and he started off 2019 with a new EP drop, “LeBron.”

Wiro

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Guadalajara based R&B lite artist Wiro has been around for about one second, and people are sold. He’s slinky, has flow and belongs on your chill beats playlist.

Aitana

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She first emerged as the runner up in Spanish reality talent show Operación Triunfo, but it wasn’t until November 2018 that she really broke international fame as a pop Latin singer. Her debut album Tráiler became the second most streamed album within twenty-four hours of all-time in Spain.

Amara La Negra

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Amara La Negra is no newcomer, but since her rise to fame on Love & Hip Hop, she’s made a splash in the music industry. Listen to her new EP “Understanding” and you’ll understand why. 😉

A.Chal

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A. Chal knows that his trap is what we want to hear. Here’s what he told Spotify: “Latin music is evolving right now. It’s about time. Trap is just the rhythm that dominates the youth right now, so all the young artists coming out, that’s what they’re getting on. Any time something evolves, it’s a good time because art represents where humanity is, so the evolution shows we’re in a different chapter, and there’s gonna be a new chapter afterwards.”

Listen to his new album EXOTIGAZ.

Kaina

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She’s just 22 years old and her music exudes the sacred energy of soulful, Celia Cruz influenced bedroom pop. She’s heavenly and deserves your attention.

Katzù Oso

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His self described silly love songs come to you with ’80s era electronic beats in the smoothest Spanglish we need. His debut album dropped in July 2018, and we’re still listening to “Coqueta.”

Omar Apollo

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Cuidado because Mexicano suave singer-songwriter is about to serenade your heart away. The 21-year-old Indiana based singer is collecting hearts on Spotify, and can also be found in Spotify sponsored playlist “Bedroom Pop”. Now you know.

Cuco

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His Chicano ballads will tempt you like nothing else, and while Cuco was underground for about a year, his appearance at Coachella changed everything. Listen up, because he’s coming up.

Lele Pons

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Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Lele Pons started out as the most followed and looped Viner. Today, she’s dropping some seriously good beats. Escuche a “Celoso” and thank me later.

Victor!

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Another Bedroom Pop up and comer is 18-year-old Victor Cervantes. He tells NPR Latino that this is his music: “You take your blanket out of the drier and wrap yourself in it. That’s how my music kind of feels.”

Dos Santos

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The Chicago based group of five have been around for awhile, but with the footholds of Spanish-language music going mainstream, they’re exploding. Think psychedelic cambia meets salsa and classic rock. Then listen.

DaniLeigh

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Dominican DaniLeigh was recently named YouTube’s “artist on the rise” (de acuerdo) and opened for Cardi B at the Pandora NYC Show al fin de 2018. Check out her latest album “The Plan” released just a few months ago.

Empress Of

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She’s Khalid’s go-to collaborator for her crazy high pitch y suavamente. Their last collaboration, Suncity has been top charting for the last month.

Kim Viera

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Recognize her yet? She’s our favorite Latina on Pitch Perfect, and she’s collabed with Daddy Yankee on “Como.” Listen to her latest Spanglish EP, “Mirada.” Como no estás escuchándolo?

Rosalía

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Rosalía dropped her first three singles just last year, and is headed to Coachella this year. She’s modernizing and sultrifying flamenca for the mainstream, partnering with the likes of J. Balvin y más.

Soy Emilia

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Desde Colombia, Soy Emilia is a dreamy singer, and killer bassist. You need to listen to her collaboration with CERO039 on “Dos Extraños” ASAP.

Tatiana Hazel

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Indie-pop Mexicana-Americana Tatiana Hazel has been posting her music on YouTube since she was 13 years old. Her EP, “Toxic” has received huge acclaim, and we’re about to see this Chicago based star go national, no question.

READ: From Maxwell To Cardi B, These Afro-Latinos Are A Driving Force In The Music Industry Today

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Says People Always Assumed He Was a Girl Growing Up Because He Had ‘Soft Features’

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Says People Always Assumed He Was a Girl Growing Up Because He Had ‘Soft Features’

Dwayne Johnson, agreeably one of the most “masculine” presenting people in the world, recently revealed that people weren’t always so quick to assume he was so. In an interview on “Sunday Today with Willie Geist,” that took place earlier this week the American actor and former professional wrestler revealed that when he was a child, people often assumed he was a girl. 

Speaking about his experience with presumed gender identity, The Rock revealed that people often thought he was girl because of his “soft features.”

“I would say between the ages of 7 and 11, people thought that I was a little girl because I had really soft features and I had really soft Afro hair,” he explained in his interview with Willie Geist.

The actor even went so far as to share a time in his life as a fifth-grader who was riding on a school bus.

“I sit down next to a kid, and within 60 seconds, he goes, ‘Can I ask you something?'” The Rock recalled. “I said, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘Are you a boy or a girl?'”

Drawing on this time in his life, Johnson revealed that likely this also chalks up to his frequent moves as a child.

During his childhood, Johnson’s father Rocky Johnson was a professional wrestler who often moved his family around. According to John, he attended thirteen different schools by the time he was in high school.

“I have had a Forrest Gump-ian childhood growing up,” Johnson explained in his interview. “Wrestling in the ’80s and in the ’70s was way different than it is today. A lot of the times, including my father, the wrestlers would live paycheck to paycheck.”

The former wrestler reflection on earlier days coincides with the recent premiere of the hit NBC sitcom “Young Rock” a new series based on his life.

Fans of Johnson will be glad to know that he also stars in the series.

He is also portrayed by three different actors Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant and Uli Latukefu.

“Growing up, and you know we specifically went with these timelines in my life that were very defining times at 10 years old, 15 and 18 … there’s a lot of things in between those years that took place … but it was complicated and the relationship that I had with my dad was incredibly complicated — that was fueled by tough love,” he explained during NBC’s TCA press tour in an interview about the series.

He went onto share that his father “was kicked out of his house at 13 and he was homeless, so that then shaped the man who then raised me… And in that complication came an extraordinary life that was full of travel. I lived in 13 different states by the time I was 13 years old, also lived in New Zealand.”

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Yes, Beyoncé Really Did Run Into Selena Quintanilla At A Mall Back In The Day

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Yes, Beyoncé Really Did Run Into Selena Quintanilla At A Mall Back In The Day

Part 2 of Netflix’s “Selena: The Series,” is currently streaming, which means fans of the late Tejano singer are getting a chance to learn more about her origin stories. In the second part of the series, fans can expect to see more of the icon’s tragically brief but beautifully successful life. The new episodes chronicle Selena Quintanilla’s rise as a superstar and will no doubt make fans of the singer feel a deep sense of love for her.

Particularly when it comes to one episode in particular!

Part 2’s episode 6, called “Lo Más Bello,” sees the lives of two superstars collide.

The endearing episode sees Selena, played by Christian Serratos, on a shopping trip to an outdoor mall with her mother and sister. It’s then that the young singer catches the eye of a young girl who is also with her mother and sister.

Perhaps it’s real seeing real, but in either case in this episode, the young girl stops to gaze at Selena. She’s star-struck. In the episode, the young girl’s mother asks who she’s looking at and the girl replies, “Selena, a famous singer. Be quiet!”

Knowing that her daughter is a singer herself, the mother encourages her to introduce herself. Of course, the young girl is too shy to say hello but she does wave.

When Selena walks away, the young girl’s mother reveals a fun twist when she says “Beyoncé Knowles, you better learn not to be afraid of people if you ever want to be famous too.”

Like we said…

Real recognizing real.

Selena
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While it might seem like the producers took creative liberty, it turns out they actually didn’t. And it makes sense. Fans of Selena and Beyoncé know that the two singers are Texan-icons.

In a recent interview for MTV Trés, Beyoncé revealed that she actually did see Selena, in the Galleria Mall in Houston. “I didn’t say much to Selena because I wasn’t a celebrity,” Beyoncé said in an interview for MTV Trés back in the day. “I just saw her and said hello and kept it moving. Definitely growing up in Texas I heard her on the radio, and I think listening to her album, even though I didn’t know exactly what she was saying, it helped me in the studio with my pronunciation.”

Fans of the Texan starlets might also remember how Beyonce, in a 2007 interview with People en Español, spoke about her love of Selena.

At the time, Beyoncée was celebrating her re-release of six Spanish-language tracks. “I listened to Selena all the time” she recalled at the time of the interview. “She’s close to me because of where I’m from.”

Both “Selena: The Series” Parts 1 and 2 are streaming right now on Netflix! Check them out!

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