Mala Rodriguez

Malarismo (Machete)

Mala Rodriguez is more than just another hot Spanish singer. Yes, she is sexy, but she's also an authentic rapper. Consider her Tego Calderón minus the 'fro. She's a genuine singer too and often shows traces of a Nelly Furtado-esque ability in her songs. Like her American counterparts Foxy Brown, Eve, and Lil' Kim, Mala uses her sex appeal as a vehicle to deliver rhyme-shaped messages that challenge hip-hop's stereotypes of women. In Malarismo, Mala's third album, she uses her smooth, tightly knit flow to mold the downtempo beats of Segal, Sir T Cee, and DJ Rectangle into verses about lovers and not putting up with their shit. "Te convierto" ("I Convert You") is a declaration in which she takes the active role in pursuing a love interest. "Miedo" ("Fear") uses a minimalist bass line to ground Mala as she and guest-rapper Mahoma question the fear of those who practice tacit racism. In "Por La Noche" ("At Night"), Mala raps about the hardships of living in Spain's poverty-ridden neighborhoods, but she doesn't seek pity; she simply paints a picture of a girl listening to the harshness of life outside her window. Malarismo, however, is quite nice to listen to. And looking at the cover ain't half bad either.

 
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