So many of us grew up listening to iconic Latinx artists, Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, and Selena … along with Smashmouth, Eminem, and Britney Spears. So needless to say, our generation has the absolute best taste in music.
Of course, there are some artists from juventud that are still creating bomb music, but you should never sleep on new talent. Here’s our list of who you should be listening to today:
Santana, you own my heart and my childhood. He has his own classics, but lately, he’s been doing a lot of collabs.
Listen to “Safari” with Guero Sosa and his 2017 album, “Power of Peace” with The Isley Brothers.
2. Bruno Mars
Yes, Bruno Mars is an entity of his own but this collab with Cardi B is everything. It’s as ’90’s throwback as it looks and if you haven’t listened to it yet (?!), please pause. Listen. And find more Latino rappers for the next two slides.
3. Princess Nokia
She’s Afro-Puerto Rican and identifies como una bruja and a queer feminist. Oh and she’s a crazy talented rapper. Um, plus, she straight up threw a cup of hot soup on a racist and then slapped him while on the train. In her own words, “And yes I threw hot soup in this mans face and kicked him off off the train, and kicked [him] in the face. Any other racists wanna try us again?” Just support her, k?
Listen to “Brujas” and “Tomboy.”
4. Maluca Mala
Oh hey, look another Latina feminist! Yeah, she’s crushing the patriarchy with her words. You’ve got to listen to this Dominican rapper now.
Listen to “Mala” and “El Tigeraso.”
5. Becky G
You know her. She’s the Mexican queen of pop, today, who delivers both English and Spanish versions of her fans’ faves. The Inglewood native is also challenging the sexist double standard of what men and women can and can’t sing. Listen to her latest release, “Ya Es Hora.”
6. Jessie Reyez
Reyez is Colombian-Canadian and best known for “Figures,” which is the song you need to listen to if you’re going through a breakup. Check out the remix with Daniel Caesar she just released this weekend!
If you could see her face, you might recognize 22-year-old twin sisters, Lisa Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz from Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” Their music is bomb AF. Seriously, they know how to drop a beat and is deeply rooted in their Afro-Cuban roots.
Listen to “River.” Bey’s a fan.
8. Camila Cabello
This goes without saying: Camila is our Cuban-Mexican heartthrob and I’m holding back from making this entire slideshow be about her.
Listen to “Havana Latin Remix” and “She Loves Control” and literally everything else.
9. Selena Gomez
She’s named after the Selena and is Mexican-Italian. She’s been suffering with lupus, a gnarly auto-immune disease, and she’s been outspoken about her mental health. Also she’s on a break with Bieber. Also she’s talented af.
10. Calma Carmona
Here comes the more chill música. Calma’s the Afro-Puerto Rican soulful trance goddess we need to recover from the day. Her music is bliss with a beat.
Listen to “100 Vidas” and “When I Was Your Girl.”
11. Carla Morrison
This Mexican beauty sings soulful, gorgeous ballads and her presence on stage is ethereal for real. I’m obsessed with her and pretty soon, you will be too. 🙂
Listen to “Duele” and “Eres Tú” and try not to think about your ex.
12. Claudia Prieto
Ok, so she only has this one song that we found on the Spotify playlist, “Café con Leche” but I’m obsessed. Think feel-good, chill vibes and support female artists.
13. Alex Cuba
I first heard Alex Cuba open a set back in 2015 and he’s since released solid Caribbean, Cuban music that you just need to sing along with.
Listen to “Por Donde Vas” and “Agua de Pozo.”
Shakira is a Colombian icon and while we know her from the 2000’s “Hips Don’t Lie”, she’s been producing music since she was in school.
Listen to her latest album “El Dorado,” especially the song “Me Enamoré.”
15. Cardi B.
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As if we even need to tell you to listen to Cardi B. This Trinidadian-Dominican, Bronx-er just dropped a new single over the weekend and it is the sexiest, sweetest way to rap to your boo’ to watch himself. Plus, she just glammed up her Bartier Cardi music video five seconds ago. Get on it!