5 Reasons Kid Cudi is About to Blow Up
5 Reasons Kid Cudi is About to Blow Up
By Jesus Trivino | 03/16/2014 - 10:00

Yes, Kid Cudi may be a star in the rap world but with his scene-stealing role in Need for Speed, in theaters this Friday, non-hip-hop fans are about to get familiar with the Mexican and African American rapper and actor.


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J Balvin
EXCLUSIVE: J Balvin Talks New Album, Drake Comparisons, & Twitter
By Jesus Trivino Alarcon | 11/14/2013 - 15:05

Reggaeton meet your new prince…thy name is J Balvin. The Colombian reggaetonero has updated his genre’s sound with dance-inspired beats and seductive, Drake-esque lyrics. But don’t take our word for it, let the handsome Balvin tell you himself. We caught up with him to talk about his new album, La Familia, his favorite rapper, Drake (no surprise there), and the responsibility of pushing reggaeton into the future.

Tell us about your new album, La Familia.


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Joell Ortiz Responds to Kendrick Lamar’s Lyrical Challenge
By Jesus Trivino | 08/13/2013 - 18:54

L.A.-based rapper, Kendrick Lamar, dropped a bomb on the hip-hop world today with his incendiary verse on (Naya Rivera’s beau) Big Sean’s “Control.”  The Billboard chart-topper threw lyrical darts at his contemporaries (Mac Miller, A$AP Rocky, J.


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Chris Kelly of Kris Kross Dies at 34
Chris Kelly of Kris Kross Dies at 34
By Sugey Palomares | 05/02/2013 - 09:53

Chris Kelly, also known as the “Mac Daddy” of the rap duo Kris Kross, has died, reports The Associated Press. The 34-year-old rapper was found unresponsive in his home yesterday afternoon and was later taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be held today.


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Commentary: Too Bad Daddy Yankee Isn’t Gay
By Jesus Trivino | 04/06/2013 - 09:21

When a picture allegedly showing Daddy Yankee making out with another guy hit Twitter earlier this week, the reggaeton superstar had to once again take time out of his busy schedule to make it clear that he’s straighter than an arrow — twice.


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EXCLUSIVE: Rapper Trina Breaks Down Her Latina Roots
EXCLUSIVE: Rapper Trina Breaks Down Her Latina Roots
By Sugey Palomares | 06/28/2012 - 18:00

Hip-hop artist, Trina established herself as the "Diamond Princess" after the release of her sophomore album, sharing the same title, dropped in 2005. Since then, the rapper has produced several hits including her fourth album, Still The Baddest, which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts.

We heard the Florida-based artist is Latina, so we tracked her down to get a breakdown of her roots. Find out what she had to say below:

What is your ethnic background?

"My dad is Dominican and my mom is from the Bahamas."


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Trayvon Martin
Hoodies & Hope: Trayvon Martin Case Speaks To A Latino
By Jesus Trivino | 04/02/2012 - 15:47

It was a peaceful, breezy spring day in Brooklyn, New York in 1994. It wasn’t cold enough for a coat, yet it was perfect for a light hooded sweater. I wore a tan Timberland hoodie over my Catholic school uniform to disguise my preppy getup. This day I took the long way home; I wanted extra time to listen to A Tribe Called Quest’s latest album, Midnight Marauders, on my portable Walkman (Yes! Cassettes!). I put on my hoodie, popped on my headphones and let Q-Tip and Phife dole out ear candy.


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Latina.com Presents: The Pitbull Soundboard
Latina.com Presents: The Pitbull Soundboard
By Jesus Trivino | 03/05/2012 - 13:14

Pitbull is a fast talker. The Cuban-American MC can sell sofrito popsicles to a lady in white gloves. Needless to say, Pit is the ideal candidate to have his own soundboard. Before he sets off his Planet Pit World Tour on March 19th in Canada with Flo Rida, Latina.com has compiled his most memorable quotes from his days as a Lil Jon protégé to now. Click on his sunglasses to enjoy his hottest quotes! Dale!


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Introducing Los Rakas
WATCH: Get to Know 'Los Rakas'
By Amaris Castillo | 08/23/2011 - 16:31

Though it has been years since Los Rakas lived in Panama, the country’s plena and reggae music maintain a prominent foothold in the duo’s work. So great is the influence that the group, made up of cousins Raka Dun and Raka Rich, have married the sounds almost effortlessly with hip-hop. The result is Chancletas y Camisetas Bordada, the duo’s first official EP – available on iTunes today


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Introducing Manika
Introducing Manika
By Angie Romero | 05/16/2011 - 08:00

She’s only 17 but we can already see a bright future ahead of her! We’re talking about pop star-in-the-making Manika. With a mixed heritage that includes Spanish, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, and Malaysian roots, she’s a fresh new face on the music scene and one who’s poised to become a much-needed positive role model for teens everywhere (no offense, Ke$ha!).


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