Argentina’s Maria Becerra is Unleashed With Her Debut Album ‘Animal Parte 1’

Maria Becerra, the first Latin music artist to be a labelmate to Megan Thee Stallion, has released part of her debut album Animal Parte 1. The rising Argentine singer talked exclusively with Latido Music about working with Cazzu and sampling Luis Enrique on the project.

Animal Parte 1 follows her breakthrough hit “High.”

“I feel so happy,” she tells Latido Music. “It’s my debut album. The truth is this is a project that I gave a lot of love to. There was so much effort, so many days, and so many hours that I put in the studio.”

In Argentina, Becerra is one of the leading pop stars in the local trap music scene. The 21-year-old extended her reach beyond the country last July when she became the first Latin music artist to sign with 300 Entertainment, the home of Megan Thee Stallion. Her breakthrough hit “High” became a global smash when fellow Argentine singer TINI and Spanish artist Lola Índigo jumped on the remix.

“From that point, my life and career changed,” Becerra says. “Suddenly people were talking about me in places like France, Spain, Rome, and Mexico. My name was trending in other countries. It was incredible for me to make a song with two incredible women who I admire and love a lot.”

Becerra kicked off Animal with Argentine superstar Cazzu.

The self-proclaimed “La Nena de Argentina” kept the girl power coming in January when she released “Animal” as the lead single from Animal Parte 1. She teamed up with Argentina’s Latin trap music queen Cazzu for the alluring reggaeton banger.

“I love Cazzu so much,” Becerra says. “She’s an incredible woman and I have a lot of respect for her. She gave me very important advice and laid a path for women in Latin urban music. It’s amazing to me what she’s done for us. It’s incredible to be on a song with her.”

Becerra believes in sex-positivity, especially for women.

Animal Parte 1 is a visual project with all four songs having music videos to go with them. Like with “Animal,” the trap-pop “Cerquita de Ti” and the reggaeton romp “A Solas” are sensual songs. Becerra likes to speak about sex-positivity through her music.   

“I like to talk about situations that are sort of taboo with respect to sexual relationships,” she says. “The inspiration came from the word ‘Animal.’ All of these songs talk about love, passion, falling in love, wanting to have sex, and being sexually-liberated. All of that comes from an animal instinct of a person. That was my inspiration: to talk about things that are happening to everyone. That’s in our instincts.”

Listen closely and you’ll hear “Yo No Se Mañana.”

Of the three new songs, the most interesting is “Acaramelao,” where Becerra takes that trap-pop sound that she’s known for and blends in a bit of salsa music. It’s a fresh take on the hit “Yo No Se Mañana” by Nicaraguan singer Luis Enrique. Becerra mentions that her mom had a bit to do with that choice.

“My mom is a fan of salsa music,” she says. “Every time I went home, my mom told me, ‘Mari, why don’t you do music that’s happier?’ I was like, ‘What do you mean happier music?’ And she’s like, ‘You always make sad music like you’re crying. Why don’t you make happier music if you’re a happy girl?’ And I told her, ‘You’re right.'”

Becerra adds, “It was incredible to experiment with another genre. It’s salsa and trap. It has the influence of ‘Yo No Se Mañana’ in the chords. I sing a bit of the words in a nod to Luis Enrique. Hopefully he hears it and likes it.”

Animal Parte 2 is expected to follow this summer.

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Argentina’s Latin Trap Pioneers KHEA and DUKI Reunite in Wild “Wacha” Music Video


Argentina’s Latin Trap Pioneers KHEA and DUKI Reunite in Wild “Wacha” Music Video


Two of Argentina’s Latin trap pioneers are joining forces. KHEA and DUKI regroup for the “Wacha” music video where they’re living the high life.

KHEA, DUKI, and Cazzu scored one of the first Latin trap hits in Argentina.

In 2017, KHEA teamed up with DUKI and Cazzu for “Loca.” That song was one of the first Latin trap anthems to blow up in Argentina. Puerto Rican superstar Bad Bunny jumped on the remix a year later, which allowed their breakthrough hit to go global.

“That [song] opened doors for us as international,” Cazzu told Inked Magazine in March. “It became something that today we can say is the door for the history of the trap scene in my country.”

KHEA and DUKI reunite in “Wacha.”

“Wacha” is the highly-anticipated reunion between KHEA and DUKI. KHEA scored a big hit last year thanks to his bachatón smash “Ayer Me Llamó Mi Ex” featuring Aventura’s Lenny Santos. In “Wacha,” he keeps Latin music interesting by uniquely blending Latin trap, reggaeton, and cumbia. KHEA and DUKI catch every beat as the song speeds up and slows down. The Argentine duo comes through with a beast of banger that works for any celebration.

“As an artist, I always seek to show versatility, go through different genres, and always leave my essence in each one,” KHEA said in a statement. “Not trying to sound like someone else but to sound like KHEA singing in that specific genre.”

KHEA and Duki take over a mansion in the “Wacha” music video. The guys are living their best lives together while getting the party started.

“It is always a pleasure to work with him since he is like my brother in music and in life,” DUKI added. “Together with him we revolutionized the music industry in Argentina with ‘Loca’ and collaborating with KHEA on this song has been incredible. I feel like people are going to enjoy it a lot.”

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Boricua Heartthrobs Lyanno and Rauw Alejandro Team Up in “Poderosa” Music Video


Boricua Heartthrobs Lyanno and Rauw Alejandro Team Up in “Poderosa” Music Video


Lyanno and Rauw Alejandro are back at it again in “Poderosa.” The Puerto Rican heartthrobs regroup for a party in the colorful music video.

Lyanno and Rauw Alejandro are part of the rising R&B and reggaeton music wave.

Lyanno and Alejandro are part of the new wave of artists who blending reggaeton music with an R&B edge. The two rising stars have collaborated multiple times in the past, including on last year’s steamy smash “En Tu Cuerpo” remix with fellow Boricua Lenny Távarez and Argentine singer Maria Becerra.

“Apart from being colleagues, [Me and Rauw are] great friends,” Lyanno told LaMezcla last year. “We came out more or less around the time and he’s always supported me and I’ve always supported him. That’s why we’re always collaborating.”

The Boricua dream team is back together for “Poderosa.”

“Poderosa” marks the first time in a while where it’s just the dream team together. The song was produced by Puerto Rican duo Subelo NEO, who is most known for Bad Bunny’s “Yo Perreo Sola.” Lyanno’s sultry voice is rounded out by Alejandro’s magical touch as they sing about a powerful woman that’s got a hold on them. This alluring reggaeton romp is undeniable with these two back together.

The “Poderosa” music video was directed by Gus. Lyanno and Alejandro lead a big party in the middle of the desert. They have everyone under their spell and dancing to their song. As if the desert wasn’t hot enough, this duo manages to turn up the heat.

Alejandro has been booked and busy this year. In the past few months, he’s teamed up with artists like Selena Gomez and Bad Gyal. Most recently, Alejandro joined forces with Puerto Rican singer Alex Rose for the super sexy “Me Fije.”

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