You might remember 2004 as a white, blond pop princess’s paradise, where Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson, Avril Levine and Brittany Spears dominated the charts. Then, Nina Sky, a Puerto Rican-American queer duo of identical twins from Queens came along and blew them all out of the water. Their hit “Move Ya Body” rose to the top of the billboards instantly and had us all dancing in the grocery store.
Twelve years later, they’re back! Break out the boom box because their latest song, “Champion Lover,” needs to be playing right now.
In an interview with Huffington Post, they talked about how different it is making music today. “We look at someone like Frank Ocean when he put out his music and then he said, ‘Hey, I’m gay,'” said Nicole Albino, one-half of the sister duo. “That was so powerful. In 2004, I couldn’t do that because of the pressures and the way they thought that Latinas should look and hold themselves. It’s always hard. It says a lot about someone who has the courage to be themselves.”
They feel better than ever making music today. “When you are your most honest self, it is the most effortlessly cool thing you can do,” she continued. “And people will respond to that.”
So many of us grew up listening to iconic Latinx artists, Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, and Selena… along with Smashmouth, Eminem, and Britney Spears. So needless to say, our generation has the absolute best taste in music.
Of course, there are some artists from juventud that are still creating bomb music, but you should never sleep on new talent. Here’s our list of who you should be listening to today:
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Santana, you own my heart and my childhood. He has his own classics, but lately, he’s been doing a lot of collabs.
Listen to “Safari” with Guero Sosa and his 2017 album, “Power of Peace” with The Isley Brothers.
2. Bruno Mars
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Yes, Bruno Mars is an entity of his own but this collab with Cardi B is everything. It’s as ’90’s throwback as it looks and if you haven’t listened to it yet (?!), please pause. Listen. And find more Latino rappers for the next two slides.
3. Princess Nokia
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She’s Afro-Puerto Rican and identifies como una bruja and a queer feminist. Oh and she’s a crazy talented rapper. Um, plus, she straight up threw a cup of hot soup on a racist and then slapped him while on the train. In her own words, “And yes I threw hot soup in this mans face and kicked him off off the train, and kicked [him] in the face. Any other racists wanna try us again?” Just support her, k?
Listen to “Brujas” and “Tomboy.”
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Oh hey, look another Latina feminist! Yeah, she’s crushing the patriarchy with her words. You’ve got to listen to this Dominican rapper now.
Listen to “Mala” and “El Tigeraso.”
5. Becky G
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You know her. She’s the Mexican queen of pop, today, who delivers both English and Spanish versions of her fans’ faves. The Inglewood native is also challenging the sexist double standard of what men and women can and can’t sing. Listen to her latest release, “Ya Es Hora.”
6. Jessie Reyez
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Reyez is Colombian-Canadian and best known for “Figures,” which is the song you need to listen to if you’re going through a breakup. Check out the remix with Daniel Caesar she just released this weekend!
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If you could see her face, you might recognize 22-year-old twin sisters, Lisa Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz from Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” Their music is bomb AF. Seriously, they know how to drop a beat and is deeply rooted in their Afro-Cuban roots.
Listen to “River.” Bey’s a fan.
8. Camila Cabello
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This goes without saying: Camila is our Cuban-Mexican heartthrob and I’m holding back from making this entire slideshow be about her.
Listen to “Havana Latin Remix” and “She Loves Control” and literally everything else.
9. Selena Gomez
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She’s named after the Selena and is Mexican-Italian. She’s been suffering from lupus, a gnarly auto-immune disease, and she’s been outspoken about her mental health. Also, she’s on a break with Bieber. Also, she’s talented AF.
10. Calma Carmona
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Here comes the more chill música. Calma’s the Afro-Puerto Rican soulful trance goddess we need to recover from the day. Her music is bliss with a beat.
Listen to “100 Vidas” and “When I Was Your Girl.”
11. Carla Morrison
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This Mexican beauty sings soulful, gorgeous ballads and her presence on stage are ethereal for real. I’m obsessed with her and pretty soon, you will be too. 🙂
Listen to “Duele” and “Eres Tú” and try not to think about your ex.
12. Claudia Prieto
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Ok, so she only has this one song that we found on the Spotify playlist, “Extranjera” but I’m obsessed. Think feel-good, chill vibes and support female artists.
13. Alex Cuba
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I first heard Alex Cuba open a set back in 2015 and he’s since released the solid Caribbean, Cuban music that you just need to sing along with.
Listen to “Por Donde Vas” and “Agua de Pozo.”
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Shakira is a Colombian icon and while we know her from the 2000’s “Hips Don’t Lie”, she’s been producing music since she was in school.
Listen to her latest album “El Dorado,” especially the song “Me Enamoré.”
15. Cardi B.
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As if we even need to tell you to listen to Cardi B. This Trinidadian-Dominican, Bronx-er just dropped a new single over the weekend and it is the sexiest, sweetest way to rap to your boo’ to watch himself. Plus, she just glammed up her Bartier Cardi music video five seconds ago. Get on it!
Ever wonder what resisting the Trump administration tastes like? Well, it’s sort of like chocolate, pecans, and walnuts. Not bad, right? Ben & Jerry’s teamed up with artist Favianna Rodriguez to bring this flavor to millions of Americans seeking justice in these scary times.
Ben & Jerry’s have just released a new ice cream called Pecan Resist and the cover art was created by artist Favianna Rodriguez.
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In a press release, Ben & Jerry’s CEO and founders said that they released this new ice cream as a “movement to lick injustice and champion those fighting to create a more just and equitable nation for us all.” They also said that it was created “with the intention to resist the current administration’s regressive agenda, celebrating the activists who are continuing to resist oppression, harmful environmental practices and injustice.”
Rodriguez says she’s proud that her work will inspire others and help fund social justice organizations.
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“I love to inspire the next generation of artists,” Rodriguez wrote on her Instagram. “When I was a kid, I rarely saw images of myself across media and in museums, and that’s exactly WHY I became an artist. That’s why I advocate for art programs for kids, especially kids of color. Here is a girl I met yesterday at the Ben & Jerry’s block party for the release of #pecanresist. I encouraged her mom to let her daughter do ALL the art she could imagine, and her mom thanked me for the advice. Yay!”
The Peruvian-American artist, who is based in the Bay Area, said her artwork was more than just creating a cool image for the brand, but rather it also tells a story.
“I believe in the power of stories, of narrative, so I was deeply interested in the story we were attempting to create,” Rodriguez said in a press release. “I felt strongly that we should lead with messages that are about the world we want to see. This moment is about women, about including people of color, and immigrants, and Muslims, and fighting for the environment. That means creating a welcoming, inclusive, and just society.”
Ben & Jerry’s will also donate $25,000 to four organizations as part of this resistance campaign.
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According to Forbes, those organizations include Color Of Change, “which designs campaign to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back and champions solutions that move everyone forward,” as well Honor the Earth, “which works on issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities; Women’s March, “which is committed to harnessing the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change” and Neta, “one of the fastest-growing independent media platforms led by people of color along the Texas-Mexico border. ”