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This Playlist Will Get You Through Your Election Day Angst

The election is finally here! Whether you’re at the polls waiting to cast your ballot or your sitting at your desk anxiously awaiting the results, listen to these handpicked songs to get  you through your day.

“Somos Mas Americanos,” Los Tigres del Norte ft. Zack de la Rocha.

This song inspired the playlist. Los Tigres del Norte, a comfort to those of us who call America their second home, are joined by Zack de la Rocha, the woke AF Mexican-American poet who gave Rage Against The Machine that fire, in proclaiming that we are more American than those that want us out of here. Also, that this song opens with the baseline from RATM’s “Killing In The Name” so that’s just dope.

“Renegades Of Funk,” Rage Against The Machine

No matter how hard they try they can’t stop us now.

“Young, Latin, and Proud,” Helado Negro

Pretty self-explanatory, TBH.

“My Shot,” Lin-Manuel Miranda

This Latino has been one of the few things keeping us sane this election, so you best believe I’m included “My Shot,” a song about not wasting any opportunity you’re given. Also, this GIF tho.

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“This Land Is Your Land,” Woody Guthrie (My Morning Jacket Cover)

True story: My elementary school music teacher taught me this song and told me it was the U.S. national anthem. I still believe this to be the case.

“Latinoamérica,” Calle 13

Speaking of, I feel like this is our anthem.  

“ICE El Hielo,” La Santa Cecilia/ “Clandestino,” Manu Chao

These two go out to our undocumented brothers and sisters who are unable to make their voices heard. Make sure you cast your ballot and speak for them as well.

“Ingrata,” Cafe Tacvba

Because America has been kind of ungrateful. Latinos have always and will forever be a part of this wonderful country; we make it better, and people should be appreciative of that.

“La Vida Es Un Carnaval,” Celia Cruz

But for real, this election cycle has been a f**king carnival.

“Mi Cucu,” Sonora Dinamita

Women voters be like “no te metas con mi cucu” to Trump.

“It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” R.E.M.

Because OMFG LOL WHAT IF DONALD TRUMP WINS?!?

“FDT,” YG & Nipsey Hussle

Because for real.

Here’s a much longer list, including some of your own recommendations. Got any questions or want to hear the reasoning behind certain songs? Hit me up.

READ: A Quick Throwback To All The Awful Things Trump Has Said, Just In Case You Needed More Motivation To Go Out And Vote

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Zariah And Ugly Primo Want To Make Sure That You Get Out There And Vote For Our Community

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Zariah And Ugly Primo Want To Make Sure That You Get Out There And Vote For Our Community

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There is a lot at stake in the upcoming elections. Organizations representing so many communities have come forward to fight for civil rights. Artists are also getting involved to make sure that their fans and and communities get out the vote and make the world the way they want to see it.

Zairah and Ugly Primo teamed up to tell their fans to get out and vote.

“Mueve El Pom Pom” is an anthem to all of the people out there who need to be mobilized to go vote. Ugly Primo and Zairah teamed up to create a visual piece of art that highlights the importance of getting out the vote in a very important election.

The animated music video makes the case for the need to get out the vote. Zairah and Ugly Primo highlight the crises facing the American public from affordable healthcare to an immigration system that needs to be reformed to the Trump administration’s continued attacks on public education.

The video is really pushing for people to get their pom poms to the polls.

Images of protest signs we have seen throughout Trump’s administration make an appearance. Black Lives Matter and pro-women signs appear in both English and Spanish to highlight the need for all communities to come together.

The visuals, done by the one and only Ugly Primo, drive home the importance of our community voting as a bloc to create the kind of society we want to live in. It is also encouraging people to go out and vote and to vote any way that they can.

The video is calling on the Latino community to come together and vote to save our democracy.

There is a lot of concern about the fate of democracy in the U.S. The Trump administration has bulldozed over political norms and made comments contrary to our democracy. The latest example of President Trump threatening American democracy is him saying he isn’t sure if he will accept the results of the election. This simple and peaceful transition of power is what democracies are built on. President Trump has not signaled that he will be willing to peacefully accept the election results.

READ: Voting Rights Activists Are Sounding The Alarm Of Latin Voter Suppression In Texas

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A Rumored Cardi B & Nicki Minaj Collab Has Fans Going Crazy

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A Rumored Cardi B & Nicki Minaj Collab Has Fans Going Crazy

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The internet is abuzz with rumors of a potential new collaboration between Cardi B and, wait for it….Nicki Minaj.

Hot New Hip Hope broke the news first, claiming that the unconfirmed collaboration between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj would be called “Lavish”.

Cardi B herself was the first one to stoke rumors of a potential collaboration between her and Nicki. Last Thursday, she tweeted out a cryptic message, saying: “Since ya mad ..imma give ya something mad to be about…This next single and coll- ….Gonna have ya sick ….since ya here.”

But the news between a Nicki and Cardi collab went mainstream after Hot New Hip Hop claimed that a snippet of “Lavish” was leaked on the internet and quickly scrubbed from existence.

According to the music outlet, a page for “Lavish” was also created on the music archiving website Genius.

But even that page was quickly taken down. So, either someone is playing an elaborate prank, or there is indeed a cover-up afoot.

As background, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj have had a veritable blood feud for years now. Although they were both publicly supportive of each other at the beginning of Cardi’s career, rumors and tensions escalated between them. The beef was largely based off of the underlying media narrative that there could only be one superstar female rapper in the game.

Their feud then famously culminated in a very public altercation at New York Fashion Week in 2018.

It was then that Cardi allegedly threw a shoe at Nicki. Since then, the two have never had anything positive to say about one another.

It’s possible that the two mega-stars have decided to bury the hatchet and move on with their lives. If one thing’s for sure, a Nicki Minaj and Cardi B collab would definitely be a lucrative project. And there’s nothing Cardi loves more than checks!

Shortly after these rumors went public, both of the powerhouse rappers started trending on Twitter.

Both the Bardi Gang and the Barbz are going crazy about what this news could possibly mean.

Fans were divided on whether to be excited about the news…

There are no words to accurately describe how groundbreaking this collab would be.

Or betrayed.

Some stans just don’t want to forgive and forget.

Some were just holding onto hope that the rumors were true.

It would be nice to see these two powerful women come together to celebrate their similarities rather than be divided by drama.

Naturally, a lot of fans were skeptical.

After all, the collaboration still isn’t confirmed and all of these reports are just based off speculation, rumors, and that one cryptic tweet.

We guess we’ll just have to stay tuned to see what happens! Whatever the outcome, we’re always excited to hear new music from Cardi B.

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