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
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
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
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.
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
I’m gonna go
I’ll be alright
I’m better alone”
“El Tigeraso” by Maluca Mala
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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.
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
It’s possible to leave with you”
“Loca” by Khea (feat. Cazzu)
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
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
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
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
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
“Tomboy” by Princess Nokia
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!
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
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”
“Girls Talk” by Sammi Sanchez
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
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.