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Mexican Singer Ivonne Galaz is the First Woman to Release a Major Corridos Tumbados Album

Ivonne Galaz is breaking down barriers for women in the emerging corridos tumbados genre. With the appropriately-titled Voy En Camino, the Mexican singer becomes the first woman in the genre to release a major album (via Rancho Humilde and Cinq Music). In an exclusive interview with Latido Music, Galaz talked about her journey and how she hopes to inspire others.

Galaz promises that Voy En Camino is “chingón“.

“Truthfully I’m very nervous,” Galaz tells us about releasing the 9-track LP. “It’s my first album. It’s my first project by myself. I made this with my group and my co-writer.” She then confidently adds, “This discote is chingón.”

Galaz is the first female signee to Rancho Humilde, the label that’s home to corridos tumbados hit-makers like Natanael Cano, Junior H, and Ovi. The genre is a hip-hop twist these Gen-Z artists are giving the traditional corrido. She made her debut in December 2019 on Cano’s Mi Nuevo EP. The two did a duet of the song that she wrote “Golpes de La Vida.”

Galaz’s career really started to take off last year.

Galaz did other duets with Cano and Natalie López, another female artist signed to Rancho Humilde, last year. The Sonora native caught national attention last July when a corrido she wrote for murdered U.S. army soldier Vanessa Guillén went viral. Galaz kicked off her solo career in November with her debut single “A Mi Modo.”

She hopes to inspire other women to follow her lead.

Galaz cites women in regional Mexican music like Ana Gabriel, Jenni Rivera, and Chavela Vargas as her inspirations. In corridos tumbados, she’s the one that’s leading the way.  

“With my music, I hope more than anything that they know me as the first woman that had bravery to open the doors for women in this genre,” she says. “There’s women who are afraid to get into this genre because they think corridos tumbados is just for the men when it’s not like that. I hope they see me as an inspiration. If they ask for my help, I’ll give them advice on how I did it and had the patience to do it.”

She’s a force to be reckoned with on Voy En Camino.

Like Galaz said, for most of Voy En Camino, she goes it alone in songs that are either vulnerable or exuding with the swagger that she carries as a musician. Galaz plays her guitar to reflect the intensity of her emotions. She holds her own with Del Records’ Abraham Vazquez in their fiery duet “Tú Qué Me Juzgaz.”

“Corridos tumbados is a movement that’s muy perro and it’s taking over,” Galaz says. “For a woman to come along and come through with an album of songs that talks about real life and broken hearts, it’s something that will make an impact.”

The title track speaks the most to her journey.

As for her favorite song on the album, Galaz says it’s the title track “Voy En Camino.” She wrote that one during a difficult time in her life and now it’s the centerpiece of her groundbreaking release.

“It’s a song I wrote in November 2019,” Galaz says. “During that time I felt destroyed with no motivation. I had nothing. However, I got the strength to write about everything that was happening to me. It’s something that gave me the impulse to not give up. I remember all those lyrics that I wrote and I’m like, ‘Wow, my life has changed so much.’ It’s like saying Ivonne Galaz is on her way.”

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Tex-Mex Rapper Bo Bundy Talks Representing Both Sides of the Border in ‘Desmadre de Mi Madre’ Album

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Tex-Mex Rapper Bo Bundy Talks Representing Both Sides of the Border in ‘Desmadre de Mi Madre’ Album

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Bo Bundy is proudly representing Tex-Mex in today’s rap scene. After signing with Rancho Humilde last year, the rising star dropped his new album El Único Desmadre de Mi Madre. For his first major-label release, Bundy opened up about the reality of fame and depression. In an interview with Latido Music, he talked about the inspiration for his LP and how the music reflects his Houston and Latino roots.

While coming up, Bo Bundy collaborated with Chingo Bling.

Bundy spent the past few years building buzz around his name as a rapper in Houston. He cites Latino rapper South Park Mexican (SPM) as an inspiration as well as New York legend The Notorious B.I.G. As an independent artist, Bundy released a few singles and albums. In 2019, he teamed up with fellow Chicano rapper Chingo Bling for “Uno Cuhhh.”

“Chingo is cool,” Bundy tells mitú. “When I was growing up, I would always watch his funny videos. That was a pretty cool experience.”

Bo’s breakthrough hit last year with the single “Mi Barrio.”

As Bundy was working toward his rap career, he was also working as a project manager in construction. Last year, he received a breakthrough when his song about life on the north side of Houston, “El Barrio,” took off. While broke at the time, Bundy worked with a friend to finance the music video in exchange for arranging a truck meet at his friend’s taco stand.

“It’s crazy a story with ‘Mi Barrio’ because I literally had no money in my bank account when that dropped,” Bundy says. “Literally overnight once it dropped, it just took over. It’s crazy. I’m forever grateful for it.” 

“Mi Barrio” is the best example of Bundy’s bilingual flow. He seamlessly switches between English and Spanish. Bundy can translate his Tex-Mex swagger into any language.

“Me being from Texas, Tex-Mex is very common, so that’s how I talk,” Bundy says. “I can start a sentence in Spanish and finish it in English, and that’s how I move. It’s easier for me to make music like that. There’s a lot of Texas slang.”

Last year Bo signed with the label Rancho Humilde.

The viral success of “Mi Barrio” led to Bo Bundy signing with Rancho Humilde late last year. That was part of his plan to sign with the label that’s home to Natanael Cano, Ovi, and Ivonne Galaz, but he didn’t think it would happen this soon.

“I saw it happening but not this fast,” Bundy says. “I’m very big on having a plan, like a blueprint for everything, and Rancho Humilde was there. This happening skipped a bunch of steps before I was supposed to get there. It’s been a crazy experience. It’s a family that’s really bad a*s to be a part of.”

Bo Bundy wanted to highlight his struggle with depression on the album.

For his first album with Rancho Humilde, Bundy had a collaboration album lined-up called Bo Bundy and Friends. When he talked with a few friends about the idea, they convinced him to make a more meaningful album. Bundy then came up with El Único Desmadre de Mi Madre that follows the arc of his fame, from the struggle before to reconciling his depression with a fancier lifestyle. It’s a rarity for Latinos to open up about mental health. That’s why it was major when J Balvin started doing so a few years ago. Bo Bundy wants to remove the stigma as well.

“Growing up, I would talk to my parents about it and they’ll be like es porque no haces nada,” Bundy says. “It’s predominantly Hispanic households that don’t really believe in mental health issues and that’s pretty messed up. I feel like as we grow older and get out of these traditional ways of thinking, it’s getting better. It’s real. You can’t really blame our parents. They don’t know any better. I’m a first-generation Hispanic and they don’t teach about stuff like that in Mexico.”

One of his most personal songs on the album is an homage to The Notorious B.I.G.

The song “Suicidal Thoughts” is inspired by Biggie Smalls’ song of the same name. Bundy comes to grips with the fast life that’s starting to come his way after the fame.

“[That song] was more like me acknowledging that I’m not living the right way,” Bundy says. “I want to let people know that it’s ok to not be ok.”

Bo collaborated with American rapper Riff Raff on the album.

On two songs on El Único Desmadre de Mi Madre, Bo Bundy collaborated with fellow Texan rapper Riff Raff. Riff Raff is most known for his songs with Tennessee-based artist Yelawolf. For Bundy, “Drogas” and “Moncler” were a dream come true.

“That was legendary for me,” Bundy says. “[Those collaborations] were so organic. We bounced off each other’s energies. It just fit so perfectly. When he said my name in the songs, I felt so cool. I was hyped about it. I loved it.”

There’s also an “Atornillado” mix of the album.

Bundy also released an “Atornillado” mix of the album. All 15 songs are slowed and pitched-down like in the chopped-and-screwed hip-hop movement.

“I feel like we needed our own Spanish genre,” Bundy says. “I wanted to put an actual name on it. A slowed-down corrido is an atornillado. It’s screwed. I felt like it was pretty cool for the culture.”

As for what’s next, Bundy hopes to hit the road when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. He also has some collaborations in the pipeline with his Rancho Humilde labelmates. Bundy is proud to be representing both of his worlds in his music and to be inspiring those behind him to do the same.

“I love being from the north side of Houston and repping it,” Bundy says. “I want to be a symbol for Hispanic kids to say, ‘You can really do what you want if you really want it.'”

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Venezuela’s Big Soto Breakout: Our 5 Favorite Songs on ‘The Good Trip’

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Venezuela’s Big Soto Breakout: Our 5 Favorite Songs on ‘The Good Trip’

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Venezuela’s Latin trap pioneer Big Soto is breaking through with his new album The Good Trip. Across the 19 songs, the rising rapper shows his versatility as an artist, dabbling in R&B, pop, and reggaeton sounds.

Big Soto first generated buzz in 2018 with “Perdon Mama.”

Big Soto released his first album Young Cream in 2017. In the past few years, the 24-year-old has translated his success in Venezuela to the rest of the world. One of the first hits to take off beyond his country was 2018’s “Perdon Mama.” The music video has over 28 million views on YouTube.

Big Soto went global last year with rising stars Natanael Cano and Ovi.

To further extend his reach, Big Soto has also aligned with artists from around the globe. His biggest hit to date is “Vengo De Nada,” his collaboration with Mexican superstars Natanael Cano and Alemán and Cuban rapper Ovi. The song uniquely blended Cano and Ovi’s corridos tumbados sound with the Latin trap that Big Soto is known for.

On The Good Trip, Big Soto teams up with more global artists to diversify his sound. Latido Music is here to pick five of our favorite songs on his breakthrough LP.

“Estrés” with Lyanno and Lérica

Big Soto steps out of his Latin trap comfort zone with Puerto Rican singer Lyanno and Spanish group Lérica. The feel good song about leaving the stress behind blends Lyanno’s reggaeton edge with Lérica’s flamenco-pop sound. It’s great to hear Big Soto lighten up and let himself go to the music.

“Lloro” with Micro TDH

Big Soto aligns with another of Venezuela’s rising stars, Micro TDH. This is one of the more sensual moments on the album. This blend of R&B and reggaeton music is simply irresistible.

“KEKE” with Noriel

In “KEKE,” Big Soto teams up with another Latin trap pioneer, Noriel. This is a knockout collaboration filled with plenty of lyrical fire. Big Soto is in his element and Noriel is his perfect complement here.

“Te Conozco” with Amenazzy

“Te Conozco” is another sexy moment on The Good Trip. Big Soto teams up with Dominican singer Amenazzy. The duo comes through with a slick reggaeton-pop bop. Amenazzy is a breath of fresh air on the LP.

“No Me Sale”

One of the more understated moments on The Good Trip is “No Me Sale.” This is an atmospheric ballad where Big Soto sings his heart out. It’s a song that allows the rapper to show a vulnerable side to his artistry.

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