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Soundcloud Latino Rappers And Their Controversies That Shook Their Fans

Hip hop and rap music has always been embroiled with controversy and conflict, and Soundcloud rappers are no different. In case you haven’t listened to a Soundcloud playlist in a while, this type of music is also called mumble rap. Basically, the lyrics are sometimes indecipherable. Latino artists have been making a name for themselves in the microgenre, but not without hitting some bumps along the way. Here are three of the artists who have stirred some kind of controversy.

1. Lil Xan

Born in Redlands, California to Mexican parents, Diego Leanos bounced around motels before dropping out of high school and working as a street cleaner while selling drugs. Lil Xan starting getting noticed on the streaming music site SoundCloud when he began making music. Following a massive hit with his song “Betrayed,” Lil Xan got people upset when he said in an interview that Tupac Shakur was a 2 out of 9. He was also hospitalized recently for eating too many Hot Cheetos. To top it off, Lil’ Xan has been telling magazines that his relationship with Noah Cyrus was forced on them by the record label. With all of these mini controversies on his plate, perhaps that’s why Lil Xan said he would retire from music after the death of Mac Miller in September 2018.

2. Teikashi 6ix9ine

Oh boy, we might need a whole separate article to talk about all of the controversies Teikashi 6ix9ine has been a part of. Raised in New York by his Mexican mother and Puerto Rican father Daniel Hernandez began releasing songs in 2014. He became an internet meme thanks to his rainbow locks and grills. In the fall of 2015, Teikashi 6ix9ine pled guilty to three felony counts stemming from a case of using a child for sexual acts. This summer he was also arrested for an outstanding warrant for allegedly choking a fan at a Houston mall. Then there’s all the feuds he’s had with other rappers. It’s safe to say that 6ix9ine is one rapper that should be canceled.

3. Lil Pump

Another rapper known for his bright dreadlocks and run-ins with the law is Miami-born Gazzy Garcia, a.k.a. Lil Pump. His song “Gucci Gang” became a top three hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and cemented the notion that Gucci is one of the hottest designer brands to be sporting. Earlier this year, Lil Pump was arrested for discharging a weapon in an inhabited place. Police were called to investigate shots fired at his San Fernando Valley home after people tried to break into the home. Police found that bullet hole in the door showed the bullet exiting the house, not entering. Police even investigated his mother for endangering a minor for having an unsecured gun in the home because Lil Pump was only 17 years old at the time. He was also arrested for driving without a license in Miami and said he would be bowing out of the public eye to serve a parole violation. But on September 29, he appeared on Saturday Night Live with Kanye West dressed as a Fiji water bottle.


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Spanish Actor Javier Bardem Will Be Playing Cuban Entertainer Desi Arnaz in a New Movie and Fans Wish Hollywood Cast a Latino Instead

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Spanish Actor Javier Bardem Will Be Playing Cuban Entertainer Desi Arnaz in a New Movie and Fans Wish Hollywood Cast a Latino Instead

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Recently, it was announced that Amazon studios will be producing a movie based on the lives of groundbreaking Old Hollywood power couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. According to reports, Nicole Kidman is set to play Ball while Spanish actor Javier Bardem will be playing Arnaz.

Seeing as Arnaz is widely viewed as one of the first Latino actors to achieve mainstream success in the United States, this news was positive for many. But for others, the news was less than ideal.

Some critics are lambasting the decision to cast Bardem as Arnaz, seeing that Bardem was born and raised in Spain, and is therefore not Latino.

One disgruntled Twitter user wrote: “I guess it’s really hard to find a Cuban actor so you have to hire a Spaniard…Whitewashing can happen to Latinos too.”

The criticism around Hollywood relying on Spanish actors and actresses to play Latino roles is not a new one. For years, Spanish actors like Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, and Paz Vega have played Latino characters in American movies. The preponderance of this phenomenon have led some people to accuse Hollywood of “white washing” Latino characters by casting Spanish actors.

Antonio Banderas is one of the most famous examples of a Spanish actor who built his career off of playing Latinos.

He has played Latinos for so long that many people think he is, in fact, Latino. But when he was erroneously called a “person of color” by American publications when he was nominated for an Oscar in 2020, there was quiet the outcry in Spain.

Spanish publications condemned American media for having an “absurd obsession” with race, and not understanding that Spaniards are, in fact, white.

Publications wrote arguments like: “Banderas might pass as a Latino ‘person of color,’ to an Arkansas farmer, great-grandson of Germans, but never to a California delivery man born to Guatemalan immigrants.”

To some observers, it seems that Hollywood prefers casting Europeans as Latinos because Hollywood sees Europe as more “sophisticated” than Latinidad.

25-year-old Spaniard Juan Pedro Sánchez, summed up the problem on Twitter, saying: “A lot of people in Spain are bothered if others confuse them for Latin American because Spaniards see Latinos as people of color, and they don’t want to be associated with that.”

He went on to say: “What bothers me is not being considered a person of color, but that people ignore that Spain was a colonizer country. It erases that history.”

The bottom line is, fans are frustrated that Hollywood keeps looking to European actors to cast Latin American characters.

Study after study shows that there is still a stubborn lack of representation for Latinos onscreen. And when there is finally a role that puts a Latino character front and center, Hollywood prefers to hire a European actor over a Latino one.

Javier Bardem is an exceptionally talented actor and there’s no doubt that he will tackle the role of Desi Arnaz with creativity and dedication–but fans’ frustrations at the casting choice doesn’t have to do with Bardem’s acting capabilities. It has to do with the all of the ways that Latinos are discounted–including professionally.

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Cardi B Gets Hit With Thanksgiving Backlash After Throwing COVID Party

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Cardi B Gets Hit With Thanksgiving Backlash After Throwing COVID Party

The Thanksgiving family drama ain’t over yet, folks.

In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, medical officials appealed to Americans to stay home for the holidays to combat a potential increase in COVID cases that would undoubtedly arrive during gatherings. Over the weekend, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, told Americans that they should assume they are infected with the coronavirus if they did opt to travel and attended large gatherings for Thanksgiving.

Over the weekend after news spread that rapper Cardi B hosted a large Thanksgiving celebration amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

After she shared a post to her social pages over the weekend, Cardi B is getting a bitter taste of Thanksgiving backlash.

Cardi B responded to backlash Sunday over her Thanksgiving celebrations where she appeared to host a large gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The 28-year-old rapper tweeted, “12 kids and 25 adults over the holidays. It was lit !!”

It didn’t take long for the post to spark commentary from followers aware of public health officials’ pleas to urge Americans to limit their Thanksgiving celebrations. Ahead of the Thanksgiving celebrations officials asked people to keep dinners and gatherings to a limited number of people out of anticipation of coronavirus case increases.

As ever, Cardi was quick in her response and at first, seemed to apologize claiming that she had not meant to offend anyone with her holiday celebration.

“Sorry my bad wasn’t trying to make nobody feel bad.I just had my family in my home for the first time and it felt so good & uplifted me. I spent soo much money getting every1 tested but it felt worth it. I wasn’t trying to offend no1,” she tweeted Sunday afternoon.

Late last week Cardi posted photos of her Thanksgiving Day with her 2-year-old daughter Kulture.

She also replied to a fan who ridiculed her use of COVID testing to support a gathering.

“ME specially and everyone that works around me get tested literally 4 times a week. Im In the middle of work and every time we clock in we MUST GET TESTED !” she Cardi replied.

It didn’t take long for Cardi to continue her responses to critical fans

“People be trying tooo hard to be offended,” she tweeted to one post. “I wonder how they survive the real world.”

Like it or not, tested or not, the reality of the current pandemic situation is that people are still contracting the virus.

“We know people may have made mistakes over the Thanksgiving time period,” Birx warned in an interview with Face the Nation. “If you’re young and you gathered, you need to be tested about five to 10 days later. But you need to assume that you’re infected and not go near your grandparents and aunts and others without a mask.”

“We’re really asking families to even mask indoors if they chose to gather during Thanksgiving and others went across the country or even into the next state,” she added.

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