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12 Latina Rappers You Should Know About: Nathy Peluso, Farina, Nesi & More

Nathy Peluso
Leo Adef

Nathy Peluso

For years, artists such as Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam, Tempo, C-Kan, Akapellah, Residente, and many, many more have been at the forefront of Latin hip-hop. But despite the male-dominated industry, women do not stay behind.

Before she became a pop-urban sensation, we saw how Becky G kicked off her career with “Becky From the Block,” her take on Jennifer Lopez’s “Jenny From the Block,” in which she shows off her rapping skills. Newcomer rapper Nicki Nicole is also making a buzz, deriving from the Argentine trap movement. And how can we forget Ivy Queen, who has paved the way for the new generation of mujeres urbanas, such as Karol G and Natti Natasha?

Most of these fierce MCs, which include Colombia’s Farina and Dominican-born MelyMel, are not afraid to show off their freestyle (improvisation with or without beats) game.

Below, check out 12 Latina rappers you should put on your radar, if you haven't already.

Ana Tijoux

The Chilean-French artist rose to fame in the late ‘90s as the MC of Chilean hip-hop group Makiza. Through her alternative-rap tracks such as “No Estamos Solas,” “Antifa Dance,” and “Rebelión de Octubre,” Tijoux raises awareness on social issues.

Farina

Farina is known as one of the pioneers of Colombian reggaeton, becoming one of the first women in the game. Though her recent singles such as “A Fuego” and the Thalia-assisted “Ten Cuidado” have a commercial sound, Farina’s improvisation skills can be found across her social media platforms.

Gabylonia

Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, Gabylonia (real name Maria Gabriela Sojo) kicked off her career in 1999 as part of hip-hop group Escuadron X. Dubbing her style as “musica para reales,” Gabylonia raps about keeping it real without having to sexualize her image. Gabylonia was nominated at the 2014 Latin Grammys for her collaboration in Jarabe de Palo's "Somos."

La Gabi

Like most aspiring artists, Miami-based Dominican rapper La Gabi began showcasing her talent with homemade videos on social media. She ultimately garnered the attention of J Balvin after dropping her own freestyle version of his singles “Blanco,” “Morado,” and “Loco Contigo.” Today, she’s one of the new artists signed to Balvin’s record label.

La Ross Maria

Hailing from the Dominican Republic comes La Ross Maria, born Rosa Maria Pineda. In her single “Mi Regalo Mas Bonito,” the new talent flaunts her hoarse yet delicate vocals in an empowering freestyle about respecting women and treating them like princesses. The teen MC already has a collaboration with Romeo Santos.

Mala Rodriguez

Born in Cádiz, Spain, Mala Rodriguez (born María Rodríguez Garrido) became involved in Seville's underground hip-hop scene when she was just a teenager. She later rose to fame in the late '90s-early 2000s with hits such as "La Niña." The two-time Latin Grammy winner has collaborated with Julieta Venegas, Tego Calderon, and Calle 13, to name a few.

MelyMel

Born in the Dominican Republic, MelyMel is known in the music industry as “La Mama del Rap.” Kicking off her music career in 2005, MelyMel became one of the first female rappers in her native country. Her musical influences include artists such as Tupac and Lauryn Hill. She recently teamed up with Ivy Queen on "Se Te Apago La Luz."

Mestiza

Mestiza, hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, has become a viral sensation with her unapologetic and raw freestyle rap. She’s part of the rap duo Neblinna and Mestiza, and has shared the stage with artists such as Ñengo Flow, Melymel, Darkiel, J Alvarez, and Maldy.

Nathy Peluso

With her R&B-tinged vocals full of soul, unapologetic in-your-face lyrics, and killer dance moves, Argentine-born Nathy Peluso was a two-time nominee at the 2020 Latin Grammys. She discovered and began exploring her talent when she would write street poetry and rap bars as part of the then-underground hip-hop movement in Spain.

Nesi

Nesi is a freestyler from Puerto Rico who is behind the empowering hook of Bad Bunny’s “Yo Perreo Sola.” But before jumping on the track, Nesi gained viral recognition with her freestyle videos on Facebook. Thanks to social media, she was discovered by the Latin trap artist. Nesi is making the rounds with her El Alfa-assisted "Mi Bom Bom."

Sara Socas

Sara Socas is a composer, hip-hop artist, and beatboxer from Spain. In 2019, she was one of two women (next to rapper Erika2Santos) to participate in the coveted Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos, where she was a semi-finalist.

Snow Tha Product

Deriving from the underground hip-hop scene in San Jose, Calif., Mexican-American artist Snow Tha Product (real name Claudia Feliciano) rose to fame with her 2011 hit “Holy !@$%,” in which she flaunted her fast-paced and slick rapping skills.