Exclusive: La Mala Rodriguez On Music’s Double Standard: “I Prefer to be a Puta”

Exclusive: La Mala Rodriguez On Music’s Double Standard: “I Prefer to be a Puta”
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Why did you invite all those fans onstage to dance?

I like when people are open and just chilling with the vibe. Not so formal. I love to dance and I think when a woman is dancing. It’s like everything, you know? It’s when you really, really are enjoying something.

Does the culture in Spain allow women to express themselves more openly? Not a lot of women rappers have made it big and you have. I was just wondering if it’s something to do with the culture in Spain.

I can only speak from my experience. I think it’s positive to share your emotions and not be like a fortress of happiness. Life is not always perfect and I think it’s better to express all your range of emotions.

I like that you can express your anger because in the U.S. if you want to be a popular woman, you have to always be smiling and sweet.

It’s the same in Spain. I’m not so popular. I’m popular in an underground scene, in an alternative musical genre, but I think that’s why I’m not going to be a big, popular star because I think, every woman knows they are held up to this idea that, if you’re not a virgin, you are a puta—and I prefer to be a puta. You know? I don’t care.

She said that last thought in Spanish, and I left the word “puta” un-translated because I so prefer it to whore. I want a t-shirt that says, “Yo prefiero ser puta.”

“I’m not a daughter or a mother of machismo,” she added. “I’m not. So, I don’t care.”

I don’t know exactly what that means, “I’m not a daughter or mother of machismo.” I wanted to ask her for clarification, but at that moment her people were giving me the side-eye, indicating that I needed to cut the interview. I was left pondering her words, which, of course, is why she’s the famous MC. It has nothing to do with Spain or anger. It’s because she is mala. Not in a bad way but in the best way — in the way that more women should be.