Wednesday, July 6

Mala Rodríguez: “You can’t feel guilty for what makes you horny”


La Mala was working in a bar wardrobe when she received the phone call that informed her that her first album, Iberian luxury (Superego, 2000), it was going to be published in the United States. He left the bar and began to compose his second album, Treachery (Universal, 2003).

Now she has the 2019 National Prize for Current Music, two Grammy Awards and the respect of the scene for being one of the main precursors of rap in Spanish. However, María Rodríguez (Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, 1979) confesses to elDiario.es that, in 2010, when she won her first Latin Grammy, “I was pretty sick. I was taking a lot of medication, I felt very sad because I couldn’t be with the children because he was working, he didn’t enjoy it. ”

Mala Rodríguez just collected in a book –How to be bad (Today’s topics, 2021) – his personal and artistic life, from his childhood in the Sevillian neighborhood of La Macarena to becoming an icon beyond the four elements that make up hip-hop.

The story of a girl from La Macarena

Twenty-one years ago, Mala published the LP in Spain Iberian luxury. Musical milestone in the history of rap in Spanish that was a gold record with more than 67,000 copies sold. La Mala Rodríguez released eleven tracks leaving aside the orthodoxy of the genre, rapping from her Andalusian blood, nourishing herself with the flamenco sound and standing out in a universe where male hegemony was even more noticeable than now.

“I think that today boys and girls have a lot of pressure to be successful, to find fame, a luxury, money, some things that are totally unreal; they have to go in search of happiness, not fame and money “says Mala Rodríguez.


Before traveling to Madrid, Mala made a bonfire with all her letters. He left Seville. He reached the streets of the capital where the bass driven by rap labels such as Zona Bruta, Yo gano and Rap Solo were already beginning to vibrate. María Rodríguez tells in her autobiography that it was difficult for her to find women in the hip-hop circuit. From those years, Mala highlights the quality of the rapper Arianna Puello (Santo Domingo, 1977), who had the respect of the guild, but not the visibility that the author deserved. Perfect hook (Gross Zone, 1999). “Ari spoke from the perspective of a black woman and, in a country without blacks, there was no way to succeed (…) It is unfair that Ari’s talent did not take over the country,” Mala confesses in her book.

Mala Rodríguez also points out the paternalism or ignorance she received from rappers “if they see that they can’t fuck you.” As well as the lack of sound miscegenation, the dogma of purity, in the beginnings of hip-hop culture in Spain. “Jazz is also said to be dead because the only thing it does is copy what Charlie Parker did and the other and the other. Really, all they do is reproduce; reproduce is reproduce and create is create, they are different things. two are respectable, “says Mala.

In its beginnings, Universal offered the Andalusian artist that the Oscar-winning producer Gustavo Santaolalla would produce her music. However, Mala communicated to Santaolalla: “I have to find my sound.” And so he did. Part of the fault was the recently deceased DJ and producer Jota Mayúscula. “Jota saw in me what I did not see myself, I was a bag of insecurities, I had not discovered myself, he did see in me,” recalls Mala.

I aim high, I stew it, I bet

“I buy gold, I buy anchovies / I don’t want to love you, I want shares / I don’t want any man to touch my balls”, is one of the rhymes that are printed in How to be bad.

Mala has always been far from homogeneous. His imagination is formed by a triangle that is nourished by the radio stations he listened to when he was near the Strait, the “Sevillian impudence and the cockiness of Jerez’s jinetera.” Jérez, Cádiz and Seville as the vertices of a sound that traveled to America to continue growing. Latin countries where his records had hardly been sold, but where his music was recognized thanks to piracy. “When I traveled to Chile or Colombia, everyone knew my songs and that was due to the eMule”, explains María Rodríguez.

“The industry is nothing more than a reflection of the people who give like to things, like trash TV, “Mala denounces.” The people are the ones who make the world, we are the people, the world is made of us, we are the fucking algorithm. If you are all the time looking at things I don’t know what more things I don’t know what will come out of you. It is up to you to stop it. It is very easy to criticize from the outside and say ‘what rubbish is this’ or ‘how the industry imposes this canon on us’. Maybe we have to be ourselves and keep making other things visible, “he adds.

Bad mary

Apart from the music, How to be bad talks about friendship, fragility, mental health, motherhood, bonds. Rodríguez says that to sign the divorce, she bought a very expensive white dress that she only wore to end her first marriage. “My uncovering is the answer to so many years of coercion”, writes the rapper from Jerez. After this act, Mala began to act in lingerie, corsets and heels, and with aesthetics pin-up Y dominatrix.

“Even with desire, which is also being said a lot now about whether in bed I like to be fucked, isn’t that feminist? Are we also going to feel guilty about what we want, about our desire? You’ve even said that this is cured in therapy, excuse me? Let’s calm down a bit. You can’t feel guilty about what makes you horny, that it comes from here or there, maybe. given women to continue giving us, “he says.

Mala has always tried to keep her circle mostly female. In her book she immortalizes friends like Nidia, the first feminist she met. “If there was a feminism that I defended, it was radical, but, over time, I have changed my mind because I refuse to blame whores instead of whores. I refuse to believe that there is only one reality,” he says Bad.



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