On the new episode of Billboard’s 12 Hours With…, presented by Facebook Watch, fans will learn more about urbana artist Mariah Angeliq, known for hits including “Perreito,” “Taxi” with Guaynaa, and Karol G’s “El Makinon.”
“I’m glad to be representing everything that I am,” she says in the nearly 13-minute video. “A normal girl from Miami. ‘La princesa de Miami,’ my fans gave me that name.”
Mariah, who’s of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent and was named after chart-topping artist Mariah Carey, first had a vision of becoming a singer at nine years of age. At 16, she escaped her home to pursue her career and three years later she dropped the viral hit “Perreito,” which was certified Gold in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
“It’s no coincidence how spiritual I am,” she expresses. “Apparently my grandfather was super spiritual too. I guess that’s why I was born such an intuitive, manifesting person. I believe in the law of attraction. I feel that as a human being you’re very powerful and you don’t need to be looking for so many answers. They’re all inside of you.”
In the mini-documentary, her longtime producer Nely “El Arma Secreta,” her manager, her mom, and good friend all describe Mariah as a “hustler” who can spend days in the recording studio without any sleep.
“I feel like it’s my time right now,” she notes. “It’s not about fame. It’s what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, have a purpose, you know? Don’t be famous just to be famous. You have to love this, breathe this, be this because it’s not easy.”
With about 50 unreleased songs, Mariah is currently putting the final touches on her debut album slated for 2022.
“I knew this was going to happen, I know I’m going to make it, it’s going to be a great album,” she says. “My album is going to hit No. 1. It’s going to be a great year for me, I’m only going up.”
The four-part series, which also featured Maluma, Anitta, and Prince Royce, digs deep into the four artists’ stories about how their heritage and roots helped build a foundation for their music careers and how they’re shaping culture and building on generations of Latin influence across the globe.
Billboard’s 12 Hours With… Facebook Watch series was executive produced by Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman on behalf of The Intellectual Property Corporation, an Industrial Media Company, with showrunner and executive producer Rachelle Mendez. Learn more about Facebook’s Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations here.