In time for Cinco de Mayo, Mexican singer Victoria La Mala released her debut EP Soy Mala. In one of the highlights of the EP, she teamed up with recent Latin Grammy winner Chiquis for âSexo DÃ©bilâ. The women of Mexican regional music just want to have fun in the video. In an interview with Latido Music, Victoria La Mala and Chiquis spoke about their groundbreaking collaboration and career highlights.
Victoria La Mala’s music is a unique blend of regional Mexican music, hip-hop and R&B.
âI grew up in Mexico City,â says Victoria La Mala mitÃº. âMy father was from CuliacÃ¡n. My mom is from Jalisco, so I grew up listening to banda, mariachi, and norteÃ±o. I also grew up coming to the United States every summer. Here my tÃas were listening to R & B and hip-hop. I really wanted with this project that I put in place, Soy Mala, to combine these sides of me.
The musical universes of Victoria La Mala and Chiquis collide in âSexo DÃ©bilâ.
Victoria La Mala’s unique fusion of regional Mexican music and hip-hop is the soundtrack of âSexo DÃ©bilâ with Chiquis. Victoria’s bicultural flow meets the flavor of Rivera’s banda music. The song oscillates between the Latin trap and a cumbia-type breakdown, courtesy of Chiquis. Victoria adds that the playful music video was “like a lot of girl power.”
âPeople in the industry don’t see men and women the same,â says Victoria La Mala. âI decided I wanted to write a song about how sometimes in this world they treat us differently because we’re women, but we’re going to say to them, ‘No, we’re amazing. We can do whatever we want, and you’re not going to tell me what I can and can’t do. ”
âDoing a song like this with Victoria La Mala is exactly what we’ve been dealing with from the start,â adds Chiquis. âFrom Graciela BeltrÃ¡n. From Jenni Rivera. It was so hard. It’s wonderful to be able to do things with other women of my gender, for sure.
Chiquis made Latin Grammys history in November.
In November, Chiquis became the first female solo artist to win the Latin Grammy Award for Best Banda Album. His album Playlist featuring collaborations with Becky G, Ely Quintero and Helen Ochoa won the award for which her mother, Jenni Rivera, was once nominated.
“It was a beautiful moment,” recalls Chiquis. âVery surreal. I like the pressure. I like a challenge, so I didn’t want to feel âcomfortable nowâ. I want to improve myself in all ways. It certainly helped that way too. It’s beautiful to represent being able to represent women like me, especially when I was nominated with men. It is an honor.”
Victoria La Mala teamed up with Chris PÃ©rez and Joe Ojeda for two songs on her EP.
A big moment for Victoria La Mala this year was teaming up with former Selena y Los Dinos band members Chris PÃ©rez and Joe Ojeda for the song âNuestra Tierraâ. They also collaborated with Yorch on the uplifting anthem that talks about the experience of Mexican immigrants.
âI’m an immigrant,â says Victoria. âMy family also came from Mexico. It has always been very important for me to represent this for immigrants and to show that we are here to improve our lives.
âNuestra Tierraâ is actually one of four songs Victoria La Mala ended up recording with the iconic duo. They also worked together on the song “Tenme Miedo” for her. Soy Mala EP.
âIt was an incredible experience working with them,â says Victoria La Mala. âLiterally sitting down with two people who are part of the Selena legacy, which I have always said is such an inspiration to me. It’s one of my biggest inspirations since I was little. It was so surreal.
In a moment for Mexican hip-hop, Victoria La Mala collaborated with AlemÃ¡n.
Another major collaboration on Soy Mala is the song by Victoria La Mala with Mexican rapper AlemÃ¡n. It’s Mexican hip-hop at its best when the two artists meet. The song “Todo Lo Que Quieres” was directed by Justin Bieber and Post producer Malone Maejor.
âI couldn’t believe it,â says Victoria La Mala. “When [AlemÃ¡n] sent me his verses, I said to myself: “Oh my God!” It’s incredible. He’s such a cool guy. Very down to earth. I tell him: “You are like a first time for me now.” When he came to Los Angeles, we were able to spend some time. The song we have together is a journey.
Victoria La Mala and Chiquis have love for their fans in the LGBTQ + community.
Like Victoria La Mala and Chiquis who work very hard in the regional male-dominated Mexican music scene, the LGBTQ + community can relate to this struggle for acceptance. Chiquis’ younger brother, Johnny Rivera, is part of the community. These are the women in music that queer fans often gravitate towards. I asked them if they had a message for their fans in the LGBTQ + community.
âFor me the message is this: I’m so proud of you guys for being who you are,â says Victoria La Mala. âDon’t be afraid to show your true self. It’s something I admire and we need the world to see more of it. We need the world to see people more confident and true to who they are. We love you guys and we support you and I am so proud that you are so strong. “
âI am very open and very transparent on social networks to support the LGBT community,â adds Chiquis. âFor me, it’s very important that people are just their authentic selves. I always say: “Live and let live”. I will never judge or criticize. I am here. I am a voice for you guys. I am with you. A besote a cada uno de corazÃ³n. I love the community. Thank you for your support.”
Victoria La Mala then hopes to collaborate with Snow Tha Product.
As for the next woman to team up with, Victoria La Mala hopes it will be Mexican-American rapper Snow Tha Product. âShe’s one of the few Mexican hip-hop girls to do it in both English and Spanish,â she says.
“There is so much talent out there, female talent, and our gender is kinda tainted and male dominated, and I want us to come together and unite and hold each other accountable because it’s not. a competition, âadds Chiquis.
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