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Honor #WomensHistoryMonth With These Latina Rapper Bangers

This year was the very first time a female rapper won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album without any men involved, and that rapper was Dominican-American Cardi B. Latinas have been paving the way for new genres, new music perspectives and new ways to lift other women up in this world.

You need a new power workout, #MotivationMonday playlist to remind you who you’re really made of? These Latina rappers dropped their strength and resilience into every verse. Dale, mamita. She se puede.

“Get Up 10” by Cardi B

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The very first song on her Grammy-winning album “Invasion of Privacy” is a hype song like no other, telling the story of how Cardi “used to dance in a club right across from [her] school.” How’d she make it?

“Look myself in the mirror, I say we gon’ win, knock me down nine times but I get up ten.”

“Brujas” by Princess Nokia

This Afro-Boricua Bruja is only going to spit verses that advance the feminist and queer agenda. Need to put off that step off energy? Remember the Santería that’s in your blood:

“Don’t you fuck with my energy. Casting spells with my cousins, I’m the head of this coven… I’m a bruja, I’m a bruja, and I’ma dress in all white.”

“Sola” by Becky G

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Becky G is giving us all the bilingual loving and we’re here for it. When you’re feeling lonely in that single life, might we recommend this 2016 throwback.

“Mejor me quedo sola, ah
Y me voy pa’ la calle, eh
Voy a vivir mi vida loca, ah
Sin nadie que me falle, eh”

“Waste of Time” by Snow Tha Product

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Mexican rapper Snow Tha Product is too good for this world. An ex-lover treated you with disrespect? Don’t forget you’re better than that.

“That ever since we started talking you been on your jealousy
But in the meanwhile you been talking to Penelope and Heather and Alicia and Stephanie And Melanie
And phone looking like a Petey Pablo song, offending me
And now I’m like
Getting attached
I’m gonna go
I’ll be alright
I’m better alone”

“El Tigeraso” by Maluca Mala

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New York-born Dominican Maluca Mala grew up with a DJ for a father, and her music is influenced by everything and everything. Her most famous song right now is a tribute against street harassment. Play it on blast and dance your way down that block.

“Papi usted me oye ay no no tengo numero usted esta loco
Ay por dios mira esa baina mira esa baina
Oh no no no no no no no me mata el novio”

“Icey” by Melii

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I don’t care what 20-year-old Dominicana Melii named this song; it is FIRE. So fire that Rihanna actually gave her a shout out during a Fenty Beauty product review on Instagram. Now, she’s been signed, ayy.

“Come get your n****, he tryna mack it to me like he tryna do me
Fiendin’ for the cootie, rubbin’ on the booty
Tú no eres na’, tú no haces na’
Karma got you mad, bitch you doin’ bad (you mad?)

Tú me tienes tema
Cuida’o, si me tocas, te quemas, ah”

“La Diaspora” by Nitty Scott

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Nitty Scott is another free-styling Reina to watch out for and she’s here to keep the Caribbean spirit alive in every verse.

Freed all my people, from here to Montego
Dale morena, like this Puerto Rico
We go, when we make it rain like El Nino
Got that sofrito, that primo, that n****
None of the hitters is fucking with me though
We so cool, we ride off in El Camino
We gon’ be seen, yo, no need no Nat Geo
Got so much juice, they just call me Tampico”

“Celoso” by Le Le Pons

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You might recognize Eleonora “Lele” Pons as the most followed and most looped Viner before the platform shut down. She creates comedy sketches, is writing novels, and making some real good bangers.

“Te pones celoso si me ves con otro
Hago lo que quiero, yo solo me la gozo
Te pones celoso si bailo con otro
Yo no soy de ellos, ni tuya tampoco”

“Mujer Bruja” by Mala “La Mala” Rodriguez

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We can’t have enough songs about brujería can we? Latin Grammy Award-winning La Mala performs in a range of genres, and she does it well.

“No, no soy romántica
Lo que busco es la práctica (Lalalala)
A todos les gusta ir hablando de mí
A veces les oigo decir (Wuh)

Mujer bruja
El riesgo es lo que te asusta
Pero eso es lo que me gusta
Yo no sé portarme bien, nada bien”

“1977” by Ana Tijoux

CREDIT: @anatijoux / Instagram

Tiijoux is the daughter of Chilean liberals who were jailed and put on a plane to France, where Tijoux was later born, in 1977. There’s something so raw about this song, that it’ll make everyone feel a different way. Que te piensas?

“Naci un dia de junio
Del año 77
Planeta mercurio
Y el año de la serpiente
Sin o patente
Tatuado y en mi frente
Que en el vientre de mi madre
Marcaba el paso siguiente”

“Take You Home” by Angie Martinez

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You probably don’t know who Angie Martinez is, but she was one of the first Latina rappers in the game back in the ’90s. This Nuyorican used to work with Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Mary K. Blige and more. Listen for nostalgic, pioneer feels.

“Pull up in the truck and it ain’t my man’s
You screaming “hey yo”, you don’t got a chance
Son, you are speaking a language I don’t understand
Know the dude I hang with, I don’t hold his hand
Cause, me, I’m free to choose 
It’s possible to leave with you”

“Loca” by Khea (feat. Cazzu)

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Twenty-five-year-old Argentine trapera, Cazzu, has been headlining Latin America for the last two years. We’ve all heard this song and there’s no question Cazzu’s range makes it:

Me dice loca
Se enloquece si sólo mira y no me toca
Que me pasa a buscar, que no puede aguantar, que lo voy a matar
Que lo ate a la cama, lo agarre del cuello y no pueda respirar, -ar”

“Yo Aprendi” by Danay Suárez

CREDIT: @danaysuarez / Instagram

This Havana-born rapper has skyrocketed to rap fame with “Yo Aprendí,” which is a collection of hardships that proves that people are resilient. 

“Yo aprendí que la karma es buena consejera
A la hora de tomar decisiones certeras 
Que yo no soy la maldita
Pero con el oportunista debo ser una fiera”

“Yo No Sé” by DaniLeigh

CREDIT: @iamdanileigh / Instagram

Hooked on a novix but don’t know why? DaniLeigh can relate, and this wildly underrated artist can help you out.

“Tú eras mi Kanye, y yo era tu Kim (Yo era tu Kim)
Pero lo botaste, le diste su fin
Yo me equivoqué cuando yo me enamoré (Yeah)
Me pide perdón, pero ya te olvidé (Yeah, yeah)”

“Cola Song” by INNA

CREDIT: @inna / Instagram

Elena Alexandra Apostoleanu was born in Romania and identifies as Latina. I mean, the Cola Song says it all: “Soy Latina baby, okay, let’s party, say ole. Soy Latina y la noche we own it, baby.”

“Yo Quiero Bailar” by Ivy Queen

CREDIT: @ivyqueendiva / Instagram

This song is puro party vibes and we’re cool with that. Ivy Queen is the latest up and comer we need.

“Porque yo soy la que mando
Soy la que decide cuando vamos al mambo
Y tu lo sabes
El ritmo me esta llevando
Mientras mas te pegas mas te voy azotando y eso
Esta bien”

“Tomboy” by Princess Nokia

CREDIT: Spotify

Yes–Princess Nokia makes this list twice and for good reason. This gender fluid bruja has stolen our hearts. Call it bias or listen to this track.

“That girl is a tomboy!

With my little titties and my phat belly
I could take your man if you finna let me
It’s a guarantee that he won’t forget me
My body little, my soul is heavy”

“Mi Cama” by Karol G

CREDIT: Spotify

If you need a breakup song, Karol G has teamed up with J Balvin to get you real revved up about moving on. Tu eres poderosa, mija.

“En mi cerradura ya no entra tu llave
Esa calentura que otra te la apague
Tú en este vuelo no tienes pasaje
Esta noche hay fiesta pero tú no tienes traje (no)
No te preocupes, tu tren ya pasó
Eso te pasa por andar con dos
La matemática a ti te falló
Y te lo dije yo

Mi cama suena y suena
Mi cama suena y suena”

“Girls Talk” by Sammi Sanchez

CREDIT: Spotify

Sammi Sanchez’ Latin remix of her single “Girls Talk” actually far exceeded the success of her original? Why? Because comadres talk more.

“Girls talk, and you been you been caught
tell me what you know about that
yeah you hot – but you lost – and I’m gone
and now you’re never getting me back

Debes estar loco
no te voy a perdonar
vete que a ti te atrapan
te juro que no pienso regresar”

“Pussy Control” by Zuzuka Poderosa

CREDIT: @ZuzukaPoderosa / Instagram

Brazilian badass Zuzuka Poderosa has always viewed her rap and dance as a form of social justice. She told Cosmopolitan that she wants her music to make you think about racism and colonialism–and make you shake that.

READ: 24 Indigenous Rights Fighters From Latin America To Keep In Mind While You Celebrate Women’s History Month

Cardi B’s Jokes About ‘Sucking In Her Stomach’ For Pictures Is The Realist Thing I’ve Seen In Quarantine

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Cardi B’s Jokes About ‘Sucking In Her Stomach’ For Pictures Is The Realist Thing I’ve Seen In Quarantine

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Like us, Cardi B is about the “suck it in life” this quarantine.

We’ve always known that the rapper knew how to keep it real. Especially when it comes to body confidence. The beloved Domicanana with Trinidadian roots has been trying to live her best life while in quarantine and part of that has been showing off her body in a lineup of pretty impressive bathing suits.

Exhibit A: these stringy bikini looks show how divine and body pos she is.

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How y’all doing on this beautiful Monday ?

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The rapper posted this beautiful picture of herself earlier this week after revealing that she had a new tattoo finished on her back. “Okay guys! Soooo here it is! It took me several months but I’m finally finished. This is my back tattoo! It goes from the top of my back to the middle of my thigh,” Cardi wrote in a caption to her Instagram. In a separate clip to her Instagram, she credited tattoo artist Jamie Schene of Union3Tattoo for the work.

I mean… just look at her.

In a recent post to her Instagram page, the rapper got real about her pictures and admitted to being about that “suck it in life.”

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Suck it in life .

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“I suck the s–t out my stomach for this pic so appreciated,” she wrote in the caption to her Instagram post. In it, Cardi can be seen wearing a teeny bikini and lace-up stilettos. To follow up, the rapper shared another Instagram video, this time of herself walking towards the camera in her bikini, and faulting her body. When she turns she shows off her side profile and lets out her stomach. And tbh we love the natural curves!

Of course, it didn’t take long for fans to flock to the comments and gas up the rapper.

“Same here sis!!! ,” Antonique Smith the actress from “Notorious” wrote in the captions. “Thank you for the honesty!” “If this ain’t da realest shii,” sevyn added to the comments.

It’s no surprise the rapper is being open about her body. She has a long history of being honest about her own body positivity and experiences with liposuction and receiving plastic surgery after giving birth to daughter Kulture. In an interview with E! she explained that speaking openly about the procedures was important for her she does not “like lying about things.”

Cardi B Finally Finished That Mysterious Back Tattoo And Boy Is It Impressive

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Cardi B Finally Finished That Mysterious Back Tattoo And Boy Is It Impressive

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While everyone else is doing stick and pokes while in quarantine, Cardi B has been working something a little bit more intense.

Without access to proper tattoo artists, many have resorted to DIY tattoos-WFH style. Recently we compiled a list of all of the cool hand-poked tattoos being created during quarantine (which is important to note that we DO NOT want you to do this at home) and couldn’t help but notice when Cardi B didn’t do one herself. Nope, instead, she summoned a tattoo veteran to finish a tattoo we’ve long been obsessed with.

After teasing parts of her new tattoo to fans for months, the “Bodack Yellow” rapper finally finished the massive design over the weekend.

“Okay guys! Soooo here it is! It took me several months but I’m finally finished. This is my back tattoo! It goes from the top of my back to the middle of my thigh,” Cardi wrote in a caption to her Instagram. In a separate clip to her Instagram, she credited tattoo artist Jamie Schene of Union3Tattoo for the work.

“60+ hours, more than 10 cities, it was an awesome project and a crazy experience,” Schene wrote in a post of his own about the tattoo which features an array of flowers, butterflies, and a hummingbird. “Thanks for your dedication, strength, and hospitality.”

The Grammy winner’s fans were quick to praise her tattoo.

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“So beautiful can’t wait to finish mines,” kkvsh wrote in the replies section of the Instagram post.

Does it glow in the DARK too,” another user by the name of theshaunabrooks inquired while others cooed over the tattoo calling it “So colorful & pretty!”

No doubt when it comes to tattoos Cardi B is quite the pro.

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Cardi B has multiple tattoos on her body including the notorious and large peacock print on her left hip. She also has her sister Hennessey’s name on her bicep, her husband Offset’s name on her leg. She’s also had the tattoo “Loyalty Over Royalty” written on her right bicep and on one of her wrists she has her ex-boyfriend’s name “Tommy G.”