Think “Latinas in hip-hop,” and you also’re more prone to conjure up pictures of curvaceous video clip vixens than rappers slaying it — however the the fact is Latinos have existed in hip-hop from the inception. The music and dance bears as much resemblance to African-American styles like blues and jazz as it does to Puerto Rican musical forms like bomba and plena in fact, as hip-hop scholar Raquel Z. Rivera reminds us in her book New York Ricans From the Hip-Hop Zone. Finally, hip-hop culture is inherently Puerto Rican culture.
Significantly more than four years as a result of its genesis, Latinas of varied nationwide and social identities have actually already been a element of hip-hop. (more…)