Jorgelina Andrea was a quiet youngster who didn’t say a lot in school. She hardly ever went out together with her pals and her worry of socializing meant she spent a whole lot of time in her head. However she was not snug with isolation both, so she determined to invent Ms Nina. And he or she started to sing lyrics like: “Don’t you prefer it after I do it sluggish / I’m so sorry / I don’t waste time, I preserve my gun underneath my skirt / I don’t need cash, I don’t want it / After they ask me if I do it at no cost: in fact not, sweetie” from the music Tu Sicaria.
“My shallowness was minus 10,” Ms Nina, 29, tells EL PAÍS. “So I created Ms Nina, somebody who is just not afraid and who says: be fats, be skinny, be horny… Do no matter you need and be pleased. The creation of Ms Nina was my remedy. It saved me. For those who had instructed me seven years in the past that I might be on stage, I might have mentioned you have to be joking.”
Born in Argentina, Ms Nina has been dwelling in Spain since she was 21 and is one in all a rising variety of feminine city Spanish-speaking singers – a subject that features hip hop, entice and reggaeton – whose lyrics are overtly sexual. Intercourse has at all times been a recurring theme in pop music, however by no means have girls within the Spanish-language music scene sung about it so explicitly. “I contemplate it a sexual revolution,” says Javier Benedicto García, organizer of BLAM !!!, a feminine city music pageant. “They’re proudly owning their sexuality with their very own narrative. These singers have dealt a blow to the institution.”
What sort of lyrics are we speaking about precisely? As García says, “ones that make Hentai appear to be Disney.”
Chances are you’ll bear in mind Hentai, the music by Rosalía from her Motomami album that raised eyebrows for together with sexual metaphors, equivalent to “make me a tape spike fashion. / I beat it till it bought stiff.” However Rosalía’s lyrics are delicate in comparison with the express references being made by the next artists:
La Zowi, 29, a Spanish-French singer, singing Tutoto: “I need it to be my ass that bounces you / And even if you happen to say your mattress is at all times occupied, my pussy will at all times cry for it.”
La Goony Chonga, 30, born in Miami however who developed her profession in Spain, singing Qué Te Gusta: “My shirt up and my skirt down / Daddy, no matter you want, you realize I’ll do, if you would like me to suck you off, daddy, I’ll swallow it.”
Bea Pelea, 28, from Málaga, singing Oye Papi: “Pay attention Daddy, you give it to me / I need you to do it to me till it’s in your bones.”
Unhealthy Gyal, 25, from Barcelona, singing Studying Intercourse: “He has me sizzling, he’s laborious all day… Your hard-on and my vagina are lead and concord.”
Essentially the most scandalous music to this point has been Delincuente, by Tokischa, 26, from the Dominican Republic, an artist who has collaborated with Rosalía, J Balvin and Madonna. The lyrics go: “I’ve a delinquent in my room, typically he provides it to me with out safety and typically with a condom / I’ve a delinquent in my room, he provides it to me within the kitchen and typically on the balcony.”
As quickly as Delincuete was launched, hundreds of messages fueled the controversy on YouTube and Instagram. There have been ironic remarks equivalent to, “good music, I’ll play it on the Kids’s Day celebration” and “I feel my cellphone has simply turn out to be pregnant.” Others had been indignant: “Aren’t you ashamed of singing these items? Some legacy you might be leaving to our youth and to music.” Or just, “what a disgusting music!”
However there have been additionally remarks that applauded the lyrics: “That’s what annoys our macho society: a girl who is ready categorical herself freely in her lyrics.”
Tokischa responded: “I deliver my music to individuals who be at liberty, who really feel good, who’ve love and wish to get pleasure from life.”
However certainly essentially the most related Spanish artist on this scene is Unhealthy Gyal. In a dialog with EL PAÍS, the Barcelona-born artist argues: “These songs are like a declaration of intent: I like myself and that is how I present it to the world. It does me good after I write these songs as a result of I reaffirm myself; it’s self-love. And I really feel that they’ve the identical impact on the individuals who take heed to them. If I say: I’m sizzling, I’m an enormous ass, I’m the hardest, the most effective… The folks listening will really feel the identical approach. It’s like saying ‘I’m going to devour the world.’ And the factor is that I’m a thin lady 160 centimeter tall, telling you that I’ve a ‘super ass.’ I don’t have Kim Kardashian’s ass, however to me I’m a giant ass.”
Teresa López Castilla has a level in Historical past and Music Sciences from Spain’s College of Granada. She is at the moment a part of the R&D analysis mission Well-liked city music and feminism in Spain: methods, conflicts and challenges for ladies in up to date music (2000-2023). López Castilla explains to EL PAÍS the macho implications behind a few of the criticism: “All these artists current themselves as energetic topics of an specific sexuality in a society that also doesn’t absolutely perceive that ladies can declare or categorical their sexuality in such an upfront approach. It’s the similar society that educates us within the rape tradition, within the worry of going out alone at night time or having enjoyable on the identical phrases as males, as a result of we’re weak to their abuses: it’s the similar society that doesn’t place us as equals in a mutually consensual sexuality.”
La Goony Chonga, one of the vital listened to city singers, says, “I imagine that each lady has the proper to specific herself in no matter approach she feels snug with. If a girl needs to decorate a sure approach, that’s her choice. Individuals ought to thoughts their very own enterprise and deal with what makes them pleased as an alternative of making an attempt to dictate what feminism is and isn’t.”
All these artists are reaching a younger viewers; their numbers on platforms like Spotify are within the tens of millions – Unhealthy Gyal has 4.2 million month-to-month listeners on Spotify – and their presence at festivals is big. In a cultural sphere the place mainstream media is dispensable, they’ve widened the underground to succeed in all types of social courses.
In accordance with Ms Nina: “Younger folks don’t take heed to the radio. They like TikTok, Instagram and YouTube. However it is usually unusual that Spanish city music, which attracts so many younger folks, is just not performed within the business media. I feel society could be very prudish. Now everybody considers themselves saints, monks and nuns. Cease fucking with us! You’re not going to get pregnant by listening to a reggaeton music. It’s true that it’d discuss shaking your ass and ‘I’m going to get you on all fours’ and that oldsters can say, ‘I don’t need my daughter to take heed to that.’ However that’s what they hear, that’s the fact. It’s one other factor if lyrics say, ‘I’m going to stab you and slit your throat.’ That may fear me as a mom. However the different stuff – I don’t know why it’s scary. I might say social networks are scarier for his or her youngsters than this music.”
Lidia Sánchez, 22, has simply completed her diploma in Early Childhood Schooling and has been consuming feminine entice music for a while. “We’re so used to listening to the form of style that features specific lyrics that it might be considerably sexist to be alarmed solely when a girl sings them, given we we’ve been listening so lengthy to males speaking about their intercourse life. Feminism has made it doable for ladies to sing the identical specific lyrics about sexuality.”
The social part is related, as is the generational. Punk within the mid-1907s spat within the face of conservatism. Rock did the identical within the Nineteen Sixties earlier than its stars purchased mansions. Even grunge put out an anti-establishment message. All these genres supposed to alter the foundations of the sport. However some imagine that the brand new era has one other aim in thoughts: they’ve already seen that society can’t be modified and the world is more and more shifting in the direction of apocalyptic terrain; the one factor they’ve left is their very own physique, which is the one factor they’re nonetheless accountable for.
Aitziber González García is co-host of the podcast Autotune o Barbarie and a specialist in city music who has already handled this matter in one in all her packages. “Intercourse in Spain remains to be a taboo, maybe due to the Judeo-Christian custom,” she says. “There are various morally prejudiced individuals who don’t perceive how a girl can discuss submission in intercourse and that this may be voluntary. They are saying: ‘I wish to be submissive, is that an issue?’ These girls are additionally criticized on moralistic grounds by sure feminists with a condescending and paternalistic perspective who really feel they’ve the proper to determine between good feminists and unhealthy. They’re those who say Unhealthy Gyal is anti-feminist as a result of she objectifies herself and La Zowi is anti-feminist as a result of she calls herself a whore. After which there are the fellows who criticize them, arguing that these songs are indecent. I’d prefer to see their on-line histories with all their porn searches. It’s all fairly hypocritical.”
López Castilla provides: “They’re sexualizing themselves with a purpose to reverse how ‘whore’ is socially and culturally understood; they’re successfully appropriating not solely the insult, however what a ‘whore’ does, clearly selecting and having fun with it.”
Rosa Cobo, professor of Sociology at Spain’s College of A Coruña and a feminist theorist, disagrees: “From my viewpoint, they’re portrayals linked to pornography and prostitution. The lyrics and pictures reinforce the intense sexualization of girls. What I discover very attention-grabbing is that the pictures have loads to do with pornographic fantasy that’s permeating up to date tradition in a really particular approach concerning some varieties of music, in addition to vogue, cinema and promoting.”
There’s a sure simple issue that a few of these singers acknowledge: speaking about intercourse within the city scene is trendy, and it sells. “The ass is trendy, we received’t deny it,” says Unhealthy Gyal. The paradox can also be obvious in Ms Nina’s feedback: “I’m reaching extra folks now. I wish to preserve the fashion of my lyrics, however perhaps not say so many obscene issues. I’ve already signed with a multinational and I might like to be heard in all places. I feel the time has come, perhaps to not soften the message, however to keep away from saying so many obscene phrases.”
In the meantime, as demand grows, an growing variety of venues are reserving these singers for live shows. “I’ve been to many live shows in lots of genres, and the healthiest and most secure surroundings I’ve been in has been at La Zowi’s live shows. There are a whole lot of very younger folks with a variety that you simply don’t see in different areas – trans, totally different ethnic teams, non-heteronormative folks… These singers have an incredible capability to create protected areas in a really spontaneous approach and, in a approach, they’ve a liberating impact on folks,” says Aitziber González.
Away from the controversy, you will need to acknowledge that that is about music and tradition. Unhealthy Gyal sums it up: “The benefit of artwork is that we will discuss no matter we would like. Once I’m within the artistic course of, I don’t take into consideration whether or not I’m going to be rejected by any explicit sector. Perhaps there are individuals who don’t perceive me, however there are others who do.”