An Ode To Latinos Who Don’t Like Latino Music
Growing up Latinx doesn’t mean you grew up listening to and loving Latinx music. Some of us might have gravitated toward other music, but we’re paying the price now.
Shakira was wrong. Your hips definitely do lie and… do not move.
its hard being latina when you dont know how to dance.
— GettinFittyWithIt (@skintootight) July 6, 2014
Attempting a merengue is a travesty.
And because of this, your family will ALWAYS force you to dance.
When your tios know that you've been drinking so they force you to dance and keep spinning you to punish you >>> ??
— Ana Arroyo (@anaisabeeel_17) November 29, 2015
Because family loves to make you uncomfortable.
At your prima’s quince, you always had to work a little extra hard on those choreographed dances.
CREDIT: IMPASTOR/TV LAND
Even the two steps forward, one step back was a struggle.
Mami questioned her entire existence when you bought your first rock/rap/any non-Latinx album.
It's not a bad thing that I'm a latina in love with rock music right?=^.^= I mean if it is whatever, it saved my life many times #rockchick
— Alexandra Q.☕ (@AlexandraQ7) April 10, 2014
She’ll wonder where she went wrong and how she’ll ever explain to her comadres what you’re into.
She wondered how she allowed Satan to take you over through this devil music.
I know, The Strokes are really evil.
To this day, you get nervous when people ask you to recommend some good Latinx music.
And you don’t know what to do when drunk tíos start singing Vicente Fernandez…
Algunos de nosotros este #weekend ???? ? Tag someone that does this every time ?? #weallhavethatonefriend #imThatFriendThough #conBotellaEnMano #DonChente #legend #vicentefernandez #beingmexican #mexicana #vivamexico #mariachi #porTuMalditoAmor #chillonaPeroChingona #mexicanproblems
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Everyone else sings along and cheers him on… You just awkwardly hang out in the corner.
Because your family roasts you when you mess up lyrics to some of the classics.
where's that post about how family time with latin americans is just a roasting session. traumatizing
— dímelo diary (@harryhateskale) July 24, 2016
You’re damned if you don’t know the lyrics perfectly.
You fought with the DJ at your quince to play only the music you wanted.
ok someone please tell me why i'm at a quince and the quinceañera requested no spanish music……YOU WILD GIRL WYD??!!
— vrod (@vanessarodd) November 6, 2016
To the chagrin of your older relatives that didn’t understand what Radiohead was trying to do.
But he always managed to sneak in “Suavemente.”
or when they play "suavemente" ??? pic.twitter.com/yPfYnKtCUu
— DarLit (@darlyyy__) July 29, 2016
Alright, that one gets a pass only because you love seeing your tías get turnt up. <3
People constantly accuse you of not being a “real Latinx” because of your music tastes…
CREDIT: AMERICAN IDOL/FOX
But since Latinx music is fusing so much with other genres, you’re usually ahead of the game with the fire playlists. Being “Latinx” is many beautiful things and that includes being diverse and open-minded, right? Tradition is overrated sometimes… Just don’t tell your mami.
How was it growing up as a Latinx that didn’t listen to “traditional” Latin music?
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