Cultura

Cultura

Why Every Popular Rap Song Gets a Latin Trap Remix

Gaming the system by combining an original track and an ostensibly related one with some level of Latinx representation is a long-standing strategy.
Gary Suarez
4.23.19
Cultura

As Pop Music Embraces Música Urbana, American Trap Keeps Its Distance

Latin and American trap has been slow to get in bed together.
Gary Suarez
3.27.19
Cultura

The Grammys Buried Latin Trap

In spite of Camila Cabello's splashy "Havana" opener, at the Grammys it was as if the last year or so of Billboard Hot 100 hit-making by Latin American artists hadn’t happened.
Gary Suarez
2.13.19
Cultura

Kevin Fret’s Death Highlights Latin Trap’s Homophobia Problem

Only after his murder is the openly gay Latin trapero getting the attention his work deserved.
Gary Suarez
1.15.19
Cultura

As Latin Trap Thrives, A. CHAL Is The One To Watch In 2019

With reggaeton and dembow now firmly established on the charts, the Peruvian singer-songwriter is primed for a breakout year on the back of his debut EP, 'Exotigaz.'
Gary Suarez
1.2.19
Cultura

Can Latin Trap Go Mainstream Without Sacrificing Authenticity?

Even as Bad Bunny and J Balvin cosy up to English-language acts, there’s plenty of room for others to mine the darker, druggier corners of the genre.
Gary Suarez
11.20.18
Cultura

Menor Menor Has Secretly Had Latin Trap's Best Summer

With a boost from Carbon Fiber labelhead Farruko, the Afro-Honduran rapper stands poised to smash the genre's color barrier.
Gary Suarez
10.18.18
Cultura

Latin Trap Has a 6ix9ine Problem

Anuel AA's new track "Bebe" features 6ix9ine, and opens up a whole can of worms.
Gary Suarez
9.19.18
Cultura

The Attempted Kidnapping of Bryant Myers

One of Latin trap's stars was recently the victim of a harrowing crime, underscoring how troubling it is that critics call these artists' authenticity into question.
Gary Suarez
7.2.18
Cultura

Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and the Perils of Latin Novelty

"I Like It" is an inarguable hit, but its sample invokes a history of the industry exoticising songs sung in Spanish. Burger King is involved somehow.
Gary Suarez
4.30.18
Cultura

Messiah Is Poised for a Future in Pop After a Hit "Bodak Yellow" Remix

Harlem's Latin trap pioneer has long been an expert navigator of the world of celebrity-studded remixes and features, but the new video for "Pum Pum" is a reminder that he has a star power all his own.
Gary Suarez
3.20.18
Cultura

The Future of Latin Trap Could Belong to a Reggaeton Veteran

Trap music dominates in rap right now, regardless of language, and each month Cultura explores the Latin side of hip-hop's hottest sound.
Gary Suarez
2.14.18
0102