Saucy Santana Wants to Lead By Example for Other Aspiring LGBTQ Rappers

Saucy Santana
Quincy Houston

Saucy Santana

\When it comes to his presence as a rapper in the industry, rising hip-hop star Saucy Santana is, in his own words, “doing s--t the girls couldn’t do before me.”

The 26-year-old rapper is carving his own lane in hip-hop with the release of his hot new Imma Celebrity mixtape. He has also gained millions of YouTube views and over 550,000 Instagram followers thanks to the increased recognition he is receiving from his steady rise in the music industry. 

With the advent of social media, cultural norms becoming more tolerant and the music industry itself shifting toward greater sonic diversity, queer stars have been able to rise across multiple different genres. That's certainly true for hip-hop, where LGBTQ artists like Lil Nas X, Kevin Abstract, iLoveMakonnen, Young M.A and many more have been able to find mainstream success. There's still a long way to go, but the 2020s look bright for rap artists with major potential to redefine the genre.  

In comes Saucy. Hailing from Tallahassee, Santana has taken the internet by storm, thanks to his Miami-infused hip-hop style, his infectious personality and his close friendship with City Girls star Yung Miami. After building much anticipation for the release of a full project, especially with the release of his single "Walk Em Like a Dog," Santana released his Imma Celebrity mixtape on January 14, birthing immediate fan-favorite tracks like “Trap Girl” and “Get That Bag.” 

Regarding the vibe behind his fun and hard-hitting track “Trap Girl,” Santana tells Billboard, “My favorite rapper is Gucci Mane. 'Trap Girl' was inspired by Gucci’s song called 'Dope Man.' It was a different vibe for me, but it’s something that everybody can relate to and it stuck to everybody.” 

The rising rapper says he wants to pave a path for upcoming artists like him to feel comfortable releasing honest hip-hop music, and to find success as well. He sees plenty of possibilities for LGBTQ rappers and hip-hop heads alike to have a major impact and presence in the industry. “I want it to definitely be a lane for my culture. If these people want to rap and take their rap career serious and they have talent and hits, let them the f--k through,” he says. “That’s what I want to work on now because this is something new. People are still adjusting to me. So I feel like once I get in and it’s more accepted, hell yeah I can see it expanding.”

Back in December, the rapper proved to his fanbase that nothing will slow him down after being injured in a drive-by shooting in Miami. Santana, in turn, decided to get real about the attack by delivering a fiery response in his track and visual for “You Can’t Kill Me,” which quickly went on to become one of his most viewed YouTube videos to date. “I didn’t respond to a lot of the BS I saw online... Then I was like, ‘You know what? I’m gone just put this s--t in a song and y’all can take that and rotate it,'" he explains. "Really, it was just a quick response song. I had flew to Atlanta, my producer sent me a beat, I wrote my track on the airplane and when I got off, I had my camera guy come to the studio. I told him to just record me going through the process of recording the song.”

Embracing a fierce style, unapologetic attitude, and strong mindset has helped Santana to break through doors and establish his online presence as a rapper to look out for. During Santana’s late-teen years, he gained the confidence to not only come out publicly, but he also rocked his “Material Girl” style regardless of opinions. What Santana may have not known at the time was that his bold moves would lead him to a promising career in music. 

"When I was 17, I came out -- and I’m very girly, so I was getting my nails done, I was wearing girl clothes, purses, and makeup," he recalls. "I had to already have the mindset that I don’t give a f--k and I’m doing me regardless of how a person feels. I want to show everybody that they can be how they want to be. People respect you more.”

As we enter a new decade, Saucy Santana is preparing to continue shaking up the industry. In 2020, Santana has plans to finally hop on as a featured guest on a few other artists' tracks, while continuing his steady stream of new music releases. "Last year, I feel like I dropped my song and I let it ride out, but this year I’m going to really stay on top of these b-----s.," he says. "Y’all gonna be like, ‘Oh my God. He just will not stop.’”