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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Yes, Beyoncé Really Did Run Into Selena Quintanilla At A Mall Back In The Day

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Yes, Beyoncé Really Did Run Into Selena Quintanilla At A Mall Back In The Day

Part 2 of Netflix’s “Selena: The Series,” is currently streaming, which means fans of the late Tejano singer are getting a chance to learn more about her origin stories. In the second part of the series, fans can expect to see more of the icon’s tragically brief but beautifully successful life. The new episodes chronicle Selena Quintanilla’s rise as a superstar and will no doubt make fans of the singer feel a deep sense of love for her.

Particularly when it comes to one episode in particular!

Part 2’s episode 6, called “Lo Más Bello,” sees the lives of two superstars collide.

The endearing episode sees Selena, played by Christian Serratos, on a shopping trip to an outdoor mall with her mother and sister. It’s then that the young singer catches the eye of a young girl who is also with her mother and sister.

Perhaps it’s real seeing real, but in either case in this episode, the young girl stops to gaze at Selena. She’s star-struck. In the episode, the young girl’s mother asks who she’s looking at and the girl replies, “Selena, a famous singer. Be quiet!”

Knowing that her daughter is a singer herself, the mother encourages her to introduce herself. Of course, the young girl is too shy to say hello but she does wave.

When Selena walks away, the young girl’s mother reveals a fun twist when she says “Beyoncé Knowles, you better learn not to be afraid of people if you ever want to be famous too.”

Like we said…

Real recognizing real.

Selena
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While it might seem like the producers took creative liberty, it turns out they actually didn’t. And it makes sense. Fans of Selena and Beyoncé know that the two singers are Texan-icons.

In a recent interview for MTV Trés, Beyoncé revealed that she actually did see Selena, in the Galleria Mall in Houston. “I didn’t say much to Selena because I wasn’t a celebrity,” Beyoncé said in an interview for MTV Trés back in the day. “I just saw her and said hello and kept it moving. Definitely growing up in Texas I heard her on the radio, and I think listening to her album, even though I didn’t know exactly what she was saying, it helped me in the studio with my pronunciation.”

Fans of the Texan starlets might also remember how Beyonce, in a 2007 interview with People en Español, spoke about her love of Selena.

At the time, Beyoncée was celebrating her re-release of six Spanish-language tracks. “I listened to Selena all the time” she recalled at the time of the interview. “She’s close to me because of where I’m from.”

Both “Selena: The Series” Parts 1 and 2 are streaming right now on Netflix! Check them out!

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Shakira Dyed Her Hair Red And It Will Give You Major ‘Ojos Asi’ Vibes

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Shakira Dyed Her Hair Red And It Will Give You Major ‘Ojos Asi’ Vibes

Twenty years have passed since Shakira released her fourth studio album ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones? which featured her song “Ojos Asi.”

The music video for the hit song featured Shakira belly dancing with a vibrant red hair look that so many of us spent the early aughts attempting to emulate. The video won the International Viewer’s Choice Award (North) at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards and the hair won a place in our hearts.

Now, it’s 2021 and Shakira has returned to the red color.

The Colombian singer-songwriter showed off her dyed locks in a post shared on her Instagram on Wednesday.

The post showed Shakira preparing for a recording session and saw her dressed in a chic green-and-white outfit. She teased her upcoming project with the caption “Ready to leave my house to go to my first in-person studio session to meet with some awesome collaborators thanks to safety measures and vaccines. I can’t wait!”

Shakira made waves earlier this month on Instagram that weren’t about her hair.

In an effort to highlight Earth Day, Shakira signed a letter written by Earth shot Prize Council which called on people to tackle our planet’s current climate crisis with the same tenacity used to fight Covid-19.

In a post shared to her Instagram and Twitter pages the singer wrote “As a Member of The @EarthshotPrize Council, I’m calling on the world to Give the Earth a Shot. This #EarthDay, let’s be inspired by the innovation of the past year & work together to repair our planet.”

She also attached a link to the full letter which underlined how “People everywhere have worn masks, stayed at home and made sacrifices for the greater good. The availability of vaccines after just a year is both a triumph of science and a victory for collaboration. There is a long way to go. None of us are safe until everybody is safe. But we have learned what it means to pull together in the face of a truly global crisis. These lessons apply not just to pandemics but to the most pressing challenge in human history: stopping the climate emergency. If we do not act in this decade, the damage to our planet will be irreversible, impacting not only those of us alive today but threatening the future of generations to come.”

Shakira’s upcoming album is most anticipated by her fans. It will be her first studio album release since the 2017 release of her album El Dorado.

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