Following her bodacious debut of the Bad Bunny-featured “Amantes de una Noche,” Natti Natasha stopped by Billboard’s LA office for a special in-studio talk about the current state of her career, her musical influences and the arrival of trap en Español.
“Like reggaeton when it first started, they didn’t see a lot of future in it,” she says about the staying power of Latin trap, an aggressively male-centric subgenre of trap, which was born out of the drug enterprise of Atlanta, GA.
On her Dominican heritage and musical influences, she had this to say: “I really like dancehall, I really like reggae. I’m a big fan. Bob Marley and all that. And I’m Dominican, I’m from the Dominican Republic, it’s the Caribbean. We like those sounds, we fall in love with it. When I was little I used to listen to Lauryn Hill, so that’s that hip-hop and R&B influence in me. And I think that in our culture, since we have that reggae so close to us — reggaeton — it [became] a way to express myself into what I like.”
Watch the whole interview here: