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This Latino Teenager Is Making Waves With His Dreamy, Romantic Tunes And He’s Only Getting Started

Meet Cuco. He’s a Los Angeles-based singer who is making waves at only 19 years old. And he’s just getting started.

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While in college, Cuco wanted to pursue his lifelong dream of being a musician. So he quit school. Though his parents were against it, the Hawthorne, Calif. native kicked off his music career and quickly began building a devoted fanbase.

Even though Cuco’s parents initially disapproved of his decision, with time, he’s shown them it was the right choice.

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“After high school I was supposed to be studying business. But I knew I wanted to make music when I started playing the guitar. I started making my dreams come true my junior year of high school. I would go home every day, write music and stay producing.”

Cuco’s first major hit, “Lo Que Siento,” has already reached over one million plays on Spotify, putting him on track to someday be able to do just that.

This is the type of initiative Cuco thinks every person should take with their goals.

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Even though Cuco is starting to build on his success, he admits that he’s not perfect and it’s all a learning process.

His drive and the motivation comes from his parents.

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“I feel like another main goal with my music is to help out my parents. Just retire them, get them out of working. They came here from Mexico and it’s been hard for them to give me what they could never have. I just want to give everything that I can to them.”

Knowing exactly who he is as an artist helped Cuco become more confident about his music.

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And this is what makes his music so unique.

“With some songs, the flow just comes more naturally in Spanish. I use Spanish in my music, not because I think it might start a trend or something. It’s just natural. I speak Spanish every day with my parents, and I listen to a lot of old Chicano rap. It was the stuff that I grew up with and subconsciously it always stayed in the back of my head.”

When his music is labeled as “too romantic” or “too sissy,” Cuco owns it because he says “romantic” and “sissy” are apt descriptions.

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LOVE. THIS.

And this is what people love the most about his music. The feeeels they get. ?


This is how I feel about his song “Lo Que Siento.”

The lyrics in his songs are also super relatable.


They’ll hit you whether you have a bae…

… Or not.

There’s no doubt that people have fallen in love with Cuco’s alternative dream pop. ✨


When I listen to his music I like to look out the window of my car and pretend I’m in a romantic movie.

And the covers people are creating of his songs are just as dreamy.


Can this guy perform a duet with Cuco please?

Check out the full interview with Cuco here:

Chicano musician, Cuco, is putting a twist on your parents favorite románticas.

Posted by We are mitú on Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Keep up the hustle, Cuco, and stay dreamy! ✨


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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

Through the power of TikTok, Kali Uchis is taking her song “Telepatía” to the top. The Colombian-American singer is sitting comfortably in the top 10 of Spotify’s Top 200 chart in the U.S. thanks to a TikTok trend.

This isn’t the first time that TikTok brought new fame to songs.

TikTok has proven to be quite the catalyst for today’s top hits. The app assisted in getting Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” to the top of Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it remains. TikTok also reinvigorated interest in Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” last year thanks to Doggface’s viral video. Now Uchis is getting her long overdue shine with “Telepatía.”

“Telepatía” is becoming a global hit thanks to the same phenomenon.

At No. 7 on the Spotify U.S. chart, “Telepatía” is the highest-charting Latin song in the country. Bad Bunny’s “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez is the next closest Latin song at No. 14. “Telepatía” is also making waves across the globe where the song is charting on Spotify’s Viral Charts in 66 countries and in the Top Songs Charts of 32 countries.

There’s also plenty of “Telepatía” memes.

Uchis is turning the viral song’s success into strong sales and streaming. On this week’s Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, “Telepatía” debuts at No. 10, marking her first top 10 hit on the chart. There are also memes circulating on other social media apps that are contributing to the song’s virality.

“Telepatía” is one of the key cuts on Uchis’ debut Latin album, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios). It’s the best example of her translating that alternative soul music that she’s known for into Spanish. The song is notably in Spanglish as Uchis sings about keeping a love connection alive from a distance. It’s timely considering this era of social distancing that we’re in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uchis is currently nominated for a Grammy Award. She’s up for Best Dance Recording for her feature on Kaytranada’s “10%” song.

Read: You Have To Hear Kali Uchis Slay This Classic Latino Song

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Kehlani Dresses as Both Prom King and Queen on Cover of ‘Playboy’, Talks Feeling Comfortable in Both Gender Roles

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Kehlani Dresses as Both Prom King and Queen on Cover of ‘Playboy’, Talks Feeling Comfortable in Both Gender Roles

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Kehlani has long been open about the fluid nature of her gender expression. That’s why it’s exciting that the R&B star is experimenting with different facets of her personality on the most recent cover of Playboy.

In a bold move, Kehlani appears on Playboy‘s latest cover dressed in both (traditionally) women and (traditionally) men’s clothing.

And as if one Kehlani isn’t exciting enough, the magazine cover treats us to two versions of this Oakland native. On the left side of the magazine, Kehlani is dressed up as a Prom Queen, complete with a resplendent gown and a tiara. On the cover’s right side, Kehlani is dressed in Prom King drag: her tie undone, her collar open, her crown askew.

She shared the picture to her personal Instagram page with the cheeky caption: “I always wanted to date me.”

In the accompanying interview, Kehlani talks about gender identity and expression, motherhood, and owning her sexuality.

When Kehlani was asked how she defines masculinity and femininity, Kehlani got refreshingly candid. “I’ve discovered that I’ve run from a lot of femininity,” she admitted. “I was way more comfortable in a more masculine space. I feel more masculine when I am in my stillness and I’m grounded in a quiet, contemplative mode.”

She then explained that she feels “most feminine” when she’s “being the mother of my house.” (Kehlani had a baby girl named Adeya Nomi in 2019). She also explained that she “feels her femininity” when she ‘s indulging in self-care, like soaking in a flower-filled bath, or doing a hair mask.

“My femininity makes me feel soft and gentle and tender and careful in a different way than my masculinity makes me feel,” she said. “I’m trying not to let it fall into the gender norms of feminine and masculine, but for me it does a tiny bit. But I also am very fluid in both of those settings.”

Kehlani has always been open about her fluid sexuality and gender identity.

In 2018, she tweeted: “Not bi, not straight. I’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non-binary people, intersex people, trans people”.

But of course, haters on the internet accused her of “queer-baiting”–that is, pretending she’s queer to get more LGBT fans and attract attention. In an interview with The Guardian last year, she revealed why the accusation frustrates her.

“I’ve had girlfriends in front of people’s faces, right under their noses, and they weren’t famous and so nobody cared to make it public,” she said. “So they automatically assume that I must like men more than women.”

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