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Snoop Dogg Loves Banda So Much That He’s Collaborating With Banda MS On A New Song And We Can’t Cope

The world is obsessed with Latinx culture, and recent music hits won’t let us lie. If you thought reggaeton was the only Latinx genre reaching mainstream audiences, think again. Because the regional Mexican genre of ‘Banda’ is growing pretty fast too. The latest superstar to collaborate with a Banda group is going to be none other than the Long Beach rapper himself; Snoop Dogg.

Snoop Doggy Dog is a big fan of banda and has never been afraid to show it on his IG.

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90s rap icon Snoop Dogg has been seen on Instagram casually vibing to Banda music before. He’s shared videos of himself on his social media, listening to music of the likes of Calibre 50, Jenni Rivera and Banda MS. So it should really come as no surprise that his affinity for the genre has brought him to finally seek out a collaboration.

This isn’t the first Snoop X Banda Collab that’s been in the works. But it will be the first one to be released.

Snoop enjoyed listening to Jenni Rivera especially. He was even planning a duet with ‘La Reina de la Banda’ which was unfortunately cancelled due to her sudden death after a tragic airplane accident in 2013. 

Snoop confirmed that he will be working on a duet with Banda MS during an interview.

On an interview with a correspondent for Univision’s “El Gordo y La Flaca”, ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ singer confirmed that he will be working on a Duet with Banda MS soon. “Me and Banda MS have talked, we’re gonna go in the studio to make some music. It’s gonna happen soon,” he said to Dave Valadez. The journalist went on to ask if the rapper has any Spanish music on his iPod, “Jenni Rivera,” affirmed Snoop. 

Snoop Dogg’s love of banda goes back to his days as a high school student.

Turns out Snoop Dogg’s love of Banda isn’t something recent, nor trend induced. His affinity for the Mexican genre goes back to his high school days. As it turns out, few know that Snoop shared his high school experience with the queen of banda herself; Jenni Rivera —hence the shout out. At one point, they were both students at Long Beach Polythechnic High School, in California. 

One twitter user went as far as to affirm that the rapper and the Mexican singer were classmates, and even friends. 

“My sister told me that Snoop Dogg and Jenni Rivera went to the same high school and I, because I’m an asshole, didn’t believe her, so I went to investigate and they not only went to the same high school, but Snoop Dogg went to her funeral because they were ‘compas’…” said @thesmallestboy on a viral tweet from 2018.

His love for Mexican music might not come exclusively from his connection to Jenni Rivera, but from his upbringing in Long Beach, California, where he was in touch with Mexican-American communities. Anyway, if there’s one thing we know for sure, is that this collaboration won’t be an artificial and random publicity stunt. It will be a song made by a true fan of the genre, and honestly, we can’t wait for it to happen!

Banda MS is currently on tour, but we hope the collab will release soon.

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Banda MS teased the collab to their followers via their instagram page. The band posted a selfie of Alan Ramirez, the band’s vocalist, and Snoop Dogg and captioned it; “Los envidiosos dirán que es Photoshop”, a popular Mexican meme phrase that translates to “Haters will say it’s Photoshop”.  The band is currently on tour performing in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Dallas, Texas and Hermosillo.  This is probably just the first step in what could be a game-changing move for regional ‘Banda’ music, as many corrido and banda artists are quickly adopting the so-called “trap corrido” fusion style, and taking it to new and exciting places. 

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Mon Laferte Talks Regional Mexican Album ‘Seis’ and Singing With Gloria Trevi

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Mon Laferte Talks Regional Mexican Album ‘Seis’ and Singing With Gloria Trevi

Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte is back with her new album Seis. Across the 14 tracks, she tackles various regional Mexican music genres while enlisting the support of local legends like Gloria Trevi and Alejandro Fernández. That alternative edge that Laferte is known for is still present. In an interview with Latido Music, she talked about her inspiration for the album and the stories behind a few of the songs.

Chavela Vargas was a big inspiration for the album.

Laferte is from Chile, but she’s lived most of her music career in Mexico, so these sounds are familiar sounds to her. Another famous Mexican transplant, Costa Rica-born Chavela Vargas, was a major inspiration for Seis.

“She was a very free woman,” Laferte tells mitú. “I admired her freedom and her gall. She didn’t care what anyone thought. She was who she was. She sang her songs with heart and soul. She left her life in every song.”

There’s even a banda moment on Seis.

Regional Mexican music is heard around the world, especially in Chile. Before moving to Mexico, the sound of the country was part of Laferte’s childhood. She dabbled in banda music for the first time in “Se Me Va A Quemar El Corazón” with Banda El Limón De René Camacho.

“This album is an homage to Mexico, so it had to have a bit of everything that the country is known for,” Laferte says. “It was very important for me to represent banda music on this album. The truth is banda has always been interesting to me.”

“La Mujer” with Gloria Trevi

In a highly-anticipated moment on the album, Laferte teamed up with Trevi for “La Mujer.” She reveals this was a heavily requested collaboration by both their fan bases. In the incredible music video, Laferte and Trevi dance together in front of a giant vagina. The girl power here is everything.

“Gloria is someone who I have always admired since my childhood,” Laferte says. “She’s always been an inspiration to me because she’s a powerful woman too. She’s like Chavela. She’s a woman that rose from the ashes. We were practicing the choreography for the music video and I had so much fun with her. She was just as I imagined she would be.”

During the interview, I blurt out that this was a big moment for their fans in the LGBTQ+ community. “It’s a big moment for me too!” Laferte says with a laugh. “[To my fans in the community] I send them big kisses, a lot of love, and give them my thanks for listening to my music and for all the support.”

“Esta Morra No Se Vende”

Another girl power moment on the album is “Esta Morra No Se Vende.” Laferte is living her best Norteña life in this song that speaks to overly-advertised consumerism. She even lets out a grito to boot.

“That was one of the last songs I wrote for the album,” Laferte says. “Now with what’s happening with social media, this is an ode to ostentation. That I have expensive things. That I have this. That I have that. I believe that’s the reality that me and many other women face. You’re not going to buy me with your money, or your likes, or your numbers of any kind.”

“Que Se Sepa Nuestro Amor” with Alejandro Fernández

“Que Se Sepa Nuestro Amor” was the first single from Laferte’s Seis album. With Mexican music royalty, Fernandéz, she has a mariachi music moment. Even though the artists haven’t been able to meet face-to-face, they came through with a dreamy duet.

“When we recorded the song, we were at the beginning of the [COVID-19] pandemic,” Laferte says. “When we were very closed-off and didn’t go out. It was all done from a distance. He was very nice and very professional, but we didn’t see each other. Till this day we haven’t seen each other in person but only through technological means. He’s very cool. Very sweet. He has a beautiful voice.”

“Aunque Te Mueras Por Volver”

One of the most striking songs on Seis is “Aunque Te Mueras Por Volver.” This is most similar to the alternative drama that Laferte has served before in her greatest hits. If there was ever a need for a James Bond theme song in Spanish, this would be the perfect fit.

“The song was inspired by cinema like James Bond and all that,” Laferte says. “It also has that spirit of the music from the time of Frank Sinatra, Raphael from Spain, and José José from Mexico. Like that orchestral era with beautiful voices. The lyrics are the story of my life.” With a smirk, she adds, “Aunque te mueras por volver, but you already lost your chance.”

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Oscar de La Hoya Announces That He Is Officially Coming Out of Retirement, Will Start Boxing Again in July

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Oscar de La Hoya Announces That He Is Officially Coming Out of Retirement, Will Start Boxing Again in July

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On Friday, boxing world champion and Olympic gold medalist Oscar de la Hoya announced that he officially coming out retirement.

The announcement that Oscar de La Hoya was coming out of retirement came at a press conference hosted by boxing and MMA enthusiast, Snoop Dogg.

Snoop Dogg teased the big announcement saying, “I smell something golden. You smell it?” before Oscar de la Hoya arrived on stage to reveal his big news.

“July 3, I’m making my comeback,” he said before dramatically dropping the mic and exiting the stage. Based on their reaction, the audience seemed excited about the news.

Oscar de la Hoya has been teasing his return to boxing for a while now.

Rumors of de la Hoya boxing again had been circulating for months. In August of last year, the Golden Boy revealed to ESPN that he did, indeed, have plans to come out of retirement.

“The rumors are true, and I’m going to start sparring in the next few weeks,” he said. “It’s a real fight. I miss being in the ring, I love boxing. Boxing is what gave me everything I have today, and I just miss it.”

Oscar de la Hoya’s last boxing match was in 2008 against Filipino world champion Manny Pacquiao.

The 2008 fight was a major loss for de la Hoya and he stopped the fight after the eighth round. After that loss, de la Hoya famously said: “I don’t have it anymore.”

At the peak of his career, Oscar de la Hoya was the top-rated fighter in the world. Since he retired from boxing, he has spent most of his energy building Golden Boy Promotions, a boxing and mixed martial arts promotion firm. He is the first Hispanic-American to own a national boxing promotional firm.

The former world champion also founded the Oscar de la Hoya foundation, which aims to “help improve the quality of life for the community in his hometown of East Los Angeles.”

De la Hoya isn’t worried about his performance, because he believes he has passion on his side. “These [young] guys are in it just for the money — that’ll be the big difference,” he told ESPN. “I will fight for the glory, and these guys only fight for the money. And guess what? The glory will always win.”

As of now, there is no word on who the Golden Boy will be fighting, although he previously said that he will fight “any top guy out there”. We’ll see how it goes!

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