Ptazeta is revolutionizing the scene. At only 22 years old, in a few months he has gone from publishing freestyles on your Instagram profile counted by millions views of your topics on YouTube. Your date this weekend at the BLAM festival !!!, dedicated to female trap, will finally allow you to “meet other artists in person” with whom you share concerns, something that the pandemic had complicated up to now.
It will be thanks to a proposal hosted by the Condeduque Contemporary Culture Center with the aim of “making visible the contemporary urban sounds of a young generation”. There are two evenings scheduled, on Saturday 25 at 20:00 with the performances of Maria Escarmiento, Deva and Albany, and on Sunday 26 at the same time with Las Ninyas del Corro, Paranoid 1966 and Ptazeta.
The young MC, born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, feels a connection with all of them, “great artists” whom she places “on the same wavelength”. There is an intention in this meeting to vindicate female talent in a scene that sometimes ignores it. In this regard, although Ptazeta knows that “the problem is real because it has happened to other colleagues,” for now she considers it a privilege not to have noticed discrimination because she is a woman. On the contrary, she has felt “supported and with the respect of other artists”.
Regarding style, Ptazeta refuses to confine himself: “They have defined me in many ways and none bothers me, but I consider myself a rapper even if I put it in a reggaeton or a trap”. It is a common trait to all of them. Although María Escarmiento (Madrid) may be a little more pop; Deva (Santander) and Paranoid 1966 (Alicante), close to R&B; Albany (Girona), a representative of sad trap or Las Ninyas del Corro (Barcelona), addicted to old-school hip-hop, we are talking about a generation that is difficult to catalog, that navigates between genres without disheveled.
He knows a lot about that ability to transform The block. The YouTube channel of this group of communicators and audiovisual producers has been a true beacon for critics boomers clueless during these years of urban explosion in Spain. On Saturday, at 12:00 in the Assembly Hall, they will give a performative conference where sound and linguistic transformations that “have permeated from music to everyday life” will be analyzed.
Returning to the protagonists, these seven women demonstrate how you can achieve some success without losing the essence. A good example is that of María Escarmiento: we met her as María Villar in Operación Triunfo but in her epé Feeling it a lot collaborated with minority artists such as Pedro LaDroga o The Mini. Or the one from Albany, representative of the trap underground who has sung with C. Tangana or Yung Beef. Deva and Paranoid 1966 preach with harmonies more in keeping with North American taste than Spanish, but they have themes like Cupid or Bad Children, respectively, reaching one million views on YouTube.
Social commitment and the feeling of the neighborhood is intrinsic to hip-hop culture, which is why both the duo Las Ninyas del Corro and Ptazeta have it tattooed in their DNA. For the Canarian it is “an extra pride to remember that a year and a half ago” she was “working as a waitress”. And it is precisely now that he most needed “to have good friends close.” “I could never forget my people, because I need them,” he concludes; “Nor where do I come from, because that is what has brought me here.”
Strolling through your YouTube there is an abysmal difference between Mommy, which exceeds 22 million views, and the rest. Just the issue with the Colombian Farina it is at that level. It also reached the second position on Spotify’s Spain Hits list. Do you consider that this is the song that has launched your career, at least at the mainstream?
It’s already 50! Yeah right. It’s the first song I did with Juacko and the response of the people was incredible, Mommy It was the window … Now we just have to take another Mommy! Although I really like how it turned out Ri Ri, me last single, because I love techno.
Since we are talking about the very tough Farina, I suppose you would be especially excited about her featuring on Trakatá. Also that of the rapper from Malaga Foyone on CHA CHA. How did you experience them, do you feel supported by these established artists?
For me it is an honor. They were also the first two collaborations I wanted, and they are. I have been able to cross them off the list of what I wanted to achieve. They both seem lyrically bestial to me. Had to do it yes or yes.
Someone who seems to have been with him from the beginning is DJ and producer Juacko. Tell me about the process when working together.
Juacko is already half of my heart. We work depends on how we touch. Sometimes he sends me bases or I come with an idea, and other times we sit in the studio and see how it flows. He looks at me, I look at him, we laugh and suddenly a topic comes up. Very improvised, although deep down it is not so much.
In his lyrics you speak with total normality about his sexual option and he has also participated publicly in campaigns such as Proud Canary. Has being clear in this regard brought you some hate in social networks or have you not experienced this type of harassment, unfortunately so common?
In general I have not seen much hate, at least for now. Yes there is, of course, but to a lesser extent than positive comments. Honestly, I would be very freaked out if someone hated me for singing what I like.
In fact, not only are you rappers eating the scene right now, it also gives the impression that women are more transparent with these issues.
Yes, it is clear. But I also believe that it is not only a matter of the industry, it is of the society of which we are part, which is sexist in an overwhelming percentage. And that’s worth it, because I would love for men to sing what they like, and not be judged by the industry or anyone. But unfortunately we live in a world where in their own sex they have the problem: virility. From there everything arises.
That is why the phenomenon of Lil Nas X. Its aesthetic would not be so surprising in other styles, but it would be in yours. It seems that men have a harder time breaking free, more than rappers like Snow Tha Product or Young MA.
The problem lies in the values and in the philosophy of those people who live with closed minds. And I return to the subject of virility. It cannot be another cause, because the group has not hurt anyone. It is sad because some do not realize that the problem is in their own gender. The debate is tense, long and intense. I hope they open their eyes even wider and the cloud of smoke clears. People think that we are super integrated and that the collective is supported, but the last few months have shown the opposite. At least now we have social networks and we can immediately inform ourselves of all the atrocities that occur.
Changing the subject, from the outside it gives the impression that the sound that comes from the Canary Islands always has an extra tumbao and adopts in a very natural way the Latin rhythms. From the inside, do you think there is such a thing as an “island style”?
Man, I’ll even tell you what it’s called! Is he flowcito Canary. There are enough people already to start recognizing it as a brand.
Well, tell us about that. There are well-known artists from there, from the Locoplaya de Bejo, Don Patricio and Uge to Cruz Cafuné or Maikel Delacalle, but … What others do you recommend?
More and more people are coming out here. I could tell you for example MDmoney and DocPsych, or Alda, who was the first one who put me in a study. And then there are a lot of rappers, like La Pantera, Juseph or Quevedo. They even come out from under the stones. In a year we will all be on the map.
Speaking of the future, what do you have planned? Are you already thinking of an epé or even a complete album?
I have very good little things in store, if people only knew … But I like the mystery, the ghostly that nobody sees me but I’m there in the shade with Juacko, ready to break the doors. Yes there is an album idea but I don’t want to give clues.
Finally, can you tell where your coda of “in the house” comes from or is it secret?
Obviously there is a relationship with Foyone, because he was the MC that encouraged me the most to dedicate myself to this. He always says the “Foyone in the house” thing, but before that it already had a meaning to me. Our crew It was based on my grandmother’s house, which we know as “the red house.” In addition, “at home, crazy” for me means that I continue to feel at home, where I wrote my songs and where I always feel, wherever I go.