Ana Tijoux on the State of Female MCs & Rapping in English

By Angie Romero for Univision News

Don’t expect Ana Tijoux to take sides in the highly publicized and never-ending Lil Kim-Nicki Minaj beef, which was reignited when Kim paid a recent visit to the Power 105.1 “Breakfast Club” radio show in New York to promote her current “Return of The Queen” tour.

The 34-year-old Chilean MC, who just wrapped the first leg of her U.S. tour in support of her sophomore set, La Bala, is comfortable in her own lane.

“I don’t listen to them,” Tijoux told us via phone after a recent sold-out California show. “It’s not that I don’t like their work, it’s just a language that I don’t identify with.”

And she’s not just talking English. Born in France while her family was in political exile during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile, Tijoux is known for rapping about topics like corruption and classism and has more in common with revolutionary-minded rappers like Immortal Technique than with any female in the game right now. And that’s just fine by her.

Read the rest of this interview with Ana Tijoux at Univision News, where you'll also find a video of her song "Shock."