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Cardi B, Anuel A, And Fat Joe Joined Forces To Deliver New Track With A Sample Of Salsa Classic ‘Aguanile’

Last night, rapper Fat Joe dropped the new track “Yes” featuring fellow Bronx native Cardi B and Puerto Rican trap star Anuel AA. This is that Latinx heat we need to keep us warm this fall. This marks Cardi B’s third feature this summer following the hits “Wish Wish” with DJ Khaled and “Rodeo” with Lil Nas X. Anuel AA hasn’t been having a bad summer himself with “China” featuring Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin and Karol G, dominating the global charts. 

Fat Joe just celebrated his 49th birthday and will be releasing his 12th album “Family Ties” which also marks a reunion with Grammy-winning producer Dre of Cool & Dre. 

I don’t know if you know this but the Bronx’s official national anthem is Terror Squad’s “Lean Back.” Fat Joe is royalty in the Bronx, so it was practically inevitable we would get a Cardi B collab from the legend. This is the essence of boogie down solidarity. It is one thing to be Latinx, it is another thing to be a Latinx from The Bronx — it just is. Yerrr. So while I am sure many people will enjoy this bop, I am far more certain I will hear it blasting outside my window from someone’s car speakers for the rest of my mortal life. 

“Yes” is a yes from me, dawg.

Fat Joe dropped “Yes” at midnight last night. Cardi B and Anuel AA each have a verse on the track which samples Willie Colón and Hector Lavoe’s salsa classic “Aguanilé.” According to Rolling Stone, the 1972 song was inspired by the Yoruba and Spanish word “Aguanilé” which is used in Santería to describe a “spiritual cleanse.” No wonder the sample hauntingly pulls you into the song’s pulsating trap beat.

Joe raps the not safe for work earworm of a hook “A** up, facedown.” Considering these artists’ background, the single is fittingly a new strip club anthem. Cardi B got her start as a stripper in New York City and will play one in the new movie Hustlers alongside Jennifer Lopez and LizzoMeanwhile, Fat Joe plays Winny Win Winford, a New York City strip club owner in Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It. The artwork for the single features an ’80s style neon sign silhouette of a naked woman on a stripper pole. You know, because we Latinxs love good clean fun in The Bronx. 

La Cardi!

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“La Cardi” the rapper says as she jumps on the track, leaning into her Dominican inflection. The song falls into the classic rap paradigm of boastful, decadent, lyrics. Each lyricist takes their turn flexing on the track, and we don’t really need more introspection than that because this song is clearly intended to be a fun club banger. 

“Murder and the money on my mind. My palm and my trigger finger itch,” she spits. “I’ve been in my bag, hopping out of jets.” 

Cardi may even be confirming her Bronx gang affiliation with the lyrics, “Lookin’ for me? Hit my line 1-800-59, BX.” The lyrics seem to allude to 5-9 Brims, a blood gang in The Bronx, at least according to Genius.

A bilingual bop.

Anuel AA’s verse is entirely in Spanish. I love this trend where Latinxs don’t try to assimilate and speak their native tongue. There is something to be said about Justin Bieber having to speak Spanish to get featured on Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” rather than the other way around. In “Yes,” Anuel boasts about making $15 million a record amidst putting the usual haters in their place.  

Puffy approved. 

“This one is special, you know what I’m sayin? Puff Daddy told me and Cool way back in the day that every hit record has a story,” “Yes” producer Dre said in a series of Instagram stories. “And geeze … let’s just put it this way: This one was months in the making, but it was worth the wait … I think y’all really gonna fuck with it.”

Latinx power.

The Latinx chart domination shall continue henceforth. The Bronx’s come up shall continue ad infinitum as well. 

“When I came out, I knew I wasn’t the best rapper on earth. But I knew there was a bunch of Latinos that felt like me across the country and across the world, who really related to what I was rapping about, and that they would really appreciate it. Same thing when I discovered Big Pun,” Fat Joe told Remezcla of Latinx representation in hip hop. 

It is always great to see Latinx artists not just collaborating together but bringing also sampling throwback Latinx music to introduce it to new generations.

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Run Away From That Toxic Relationship with Dalex’s New Single “Feeling”

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Run Away From That Toxic Relationship with Dalex’s New Single “Feeling”

Puerto Rican singer Dalex is back to his Latin R&B roots with “Feeling“, which is about leaving behind that relationship that made you question everything, including changing who you are to please the other person.

Produced by Dimelo Flow, “Feeling” not only does it get deep about leaving behind what no longer serves you, but it is also packed with punchlines like “Te olvide como El Chavo, sin querer queriendo“.

In our interview for Latido Music by mitú, Dalex talked to us about the feeling he wanted to convey with the song, singing about heartbreak instead of his usual songs that tend to be more intimate.

Watch out interview below:

In “Feeling,” Dalex wants to explore other sounds and try doing a more commercial record that more people can relate to.

The colorful music video was shot in Miami, directed by Adrián Arredondo for Wildhouse Pictures. Dalex and his love interest are seen riding around dirt bikes, which we later found out in the interview was one of his Top 5 Feelings.

Watch the music video below:

Dalex has a busy 2021 ahead, and “Feeling” is the first single from his upcoming album due this year. The Rich Music singer told us that he has a collab with Reggaetón heavy hitters Wisin & Yandel and Zion & Lennox on the way, as well as an American singer which for now he can’t reveal, but we can’t wait to find out.

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Cardi B Says She’s Planning on Releasing a Line of Hair-Care Products For Afro-Latinas

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Cardi B Says She’s Planning on Releasing a Line of Hair-Care Products For Afro-Latinas

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Looks like Cardi B is following in Rihanna’s footsteps and getting into the beauty game! According to a recent Instagram post, the Bronx-born rapper is going to be releasing a line of hair-care products for Afro-Latinas this year.

“This year I will be coming out with a hair[care] line that I been working on at home for my hair and my daughter’s,” Cardi announced on Instagram on Tuesday.

She explained that the decision to make hair-care products for Afro-Latinas was inspired by her realization that it’s “time for people to educate themselves on nationality, race and ethnicity.”

“Being Hispanic/Latina don’t make your hair long, don’t make your skin light, or don’t make your face features slim, [e]specially Latin countries from the Caribbean islands,” she explained further. “DNA [has] something to do with your hair, not your nationality.”

As many Latinos know, many non-Latinos are uneducated about the diversity of Latinidad. People expect all Latinos to look like Eva Longoria or Salma Hayek. But as we know, Latino is an ethnicity, not a race. Latinos come in all different shades, with vastly different features.

The comments on Cardi’s post were elated at the news that she would be releasing hair-care products for Afro-Latinas.

“Thank you!!! I’m Panamanian and they act like we don’t exist!” wrote one fan.

“Hair doesn’t have ethnicity. It has texture. It’s not black hair or white hair. It’s curly hair or straight hair. Kinky hairy or curly. 4a or 4c. People just generalize it and don’t understand,” wrote another.

On Twitter, another fan wrote: “Ok fav let’s talk about the hair care line you talking about so I can buy it and I won’t have to keep making the mask, forget everything else.”

Cardi’s decision to make hair-care products for Afro-Latinas came from (what else?) a Twitter argument.

When a Twitter user decided to challenge Cardi’s Blackness (again). The argument started when a Twitter user was claiming that Cardi’s hair pattern disqualifies her from being considered “Black.” So Cardi took it upon herself to educate her followers about the existence of Afro-Latinos. She also gave her followers a history lesson on the Dominican Republic.

The conversation got so frustrating that Cardi tweeted: “I think I’m going to do a video of different Hispanic people or Latin people or w.e. the correct term is nowadays. Cause people be thinking that every Hispanic is Mexican or something and must have the same hair texture, color, and features.”

Cardi B has always been passionate about hair-care. Last year, she shared a DIY hair mask recipe that she uses on her and Kulture’s rizos.

The hair mask consisted of argan oil, castor oil, olive oil, and mayonnaise. Since then, the at-home hair mask has gained a small but vocal fan club online.

If her hair mask recipe is a preview for things to come, we can’t wait to buy Cardi B’s hair-care products for Afro-Latinas.

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