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20 Songs By Music Reinas Of The Early ’00s That You Completely Forgot Existed

Ahh the early 2000s! An era where JL.0 was only just beginning to rule and singers like one-time hitmakers Lumidee and Nina Sky were seeing their rise. In an era with so many hits and jams, I scoured the internet for the treasure trove of songs by Latinas (and a few honorably mentioned men) for the gems of the time you probably forgot about.

Check out the songs below. Promise you that your Friday night getting ready playlist will never get better. 

“Dip It Low” by Christina Milian

It was a weird video (Christina Milian became a major culprit of cultural appropriation but all the offenses aside this was your jam and tbh probs sparked your sexual awakening with lyrics like “Dip it low, pick it up slow, roll it all around poke it out like your back broke. Pop pop pop that thing.”

“Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink

Shout out to the days when the only french you knew was “do you want to speak with me tonight” or “Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir”

“Showstopper” by Danity Kane

They do it deadly.

“No More” by 3LW

These lyrics right here though: “A yo, you promised me Kate SpadeBut that was last year/ Boy in the eighth grade/ And you ain’t biggie, baby boy/ So it ain’t one more chance When your friends around u don’t wanna hold my hand/ And now you see a girl stylin’ and wildin’ inside the mix/ Hoppin out the whips, the whips, the 5, the 6.”

Like damn girl it sounds like ya boi lives the bad and bougie life.

“Nobody Wants to Be Lonely” by Christina Aguilera & Ricky Martin

Bet you completely forgot the days when you imagined Christina and Ricky having an affair.

“Thank God I Found You” by Mariah Carey, Joe, and 98 Degrees

And this collaboration is the greatest / most extra of all time.

“Get Over Yourself (Goodbye)” by Eden’s Crush

Eden’s Crush had quite a few Latinas in the mix including Ana Maria Lombo, Ivette Sosa, Maile Misajon, and Rosanna Tavarez.

“Where My Girls At” by 702

Bet you didn’t know 702 was a girl group that brought on all kinds of Latina Power. The lineup included sisters LeMisha and Irish Grinstead worked with Mexican-Puertoriquena Tiffany Villarreal and Amelia Cruz.

“Ain’t It Funny” by Jennifer Lopez

Yes in the days, J.LO helped you find the irony in having your guy want you back when he had you before. See J.LO acting cold as ice for the first time in your life. Also, check out that highlight.

“Never Leave You (Uh Oh)” by Lumidee

Lumidee created the sweetest lyrics of your life for her hit “Never Leave You (Uh Oh)” which was also featured in “Mean Girls.”

“Aserejé”-  Las Ketchup Song

YAS! Shout out to the days when your abuela hated this song because she thought the Argentinian singers were doing Santeria.

Move Ya Body by Nina Sky

You’ll want to dance to this hit in the club the night you listen to it.

“AM to PM” by Christina Milian

Christina Milian tore up the beat again with her lyrics “Everybody lookin like stars (like stars)all the chicks n the fellas in the bar ( in the bar) all of ya’ll bumpin this in you’re car ( in you’re cars) from am to pm.” Literally, had you imagining the days you could bounce the best songs out of your own convertible’s stereo.

“La Tortura” by Shakira

So if you weren’t from Colombia you might have struggled with the lyrics. PERO you know that even if you didn’t understand the lyrics it spoke the language of your hips anyway.

“Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee

Here’s to the days you shouted “dame mas gasolina” on the schoolbus even when you didn’t know what you were saying.

“Me & U” by Cassie

Aww Cassie’s sweet voice was the best thing you’ve ever seen in your life.

Rie Y Llora (Video) by Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz is incredible beyond words and there’s no doubt that her 2003 hit completely influenced your ritmo and tendency to yell Azcuar whenever you thought it was appropriate. 

“Oye Mi Canto” by N.O.R.E featuring Daddy Yankee

This song was literally doing the shout out to all the Latinos of the world before everyone else. Yes Morena, Boricua, Dominicano and Cubano! YES!!!

“Whine Up” by Kat DeLuna

Canta canta ???? Cardi B please bring my girl baaaack!

Honorable Mention: “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” – 98 Degrees

Because they ain’t Latinos but they did spark your sexual awakening even if it was for una noche.


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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

Stay grateful you did not grow up in the era of Snapchat/ Instagram/ Facebook kids because you can delete but your recorded actions can still come back to bite. Cardi B knows the story. While the Afro-Latina queen of Trap isn’ making any apologies, the latest video to be dug up from her past is requiring her to give some answers.

Video of the singer, recalling a time in her life in which she felt forced to drug and rob men while seducing them has resurfaced.

Over the weekend, video of the “Money” rapper recalling how she used to drug and rob men resurfaced.

The video, which was recorded during an Instagram live broadcast, sees Cardi as she goes on a tearful verbal tirade about her past. This after, someone apparently questioned her success and accused her of not “putting in no fucking work.”

“I had to go ‘oh yeah, you wanna fuck me? Yeah yeah yeah let’s go to this hotel.’ And then I’d drug [expletivie] up and I’d rob them. That’s what I used to do.”

Users online were quick to comment.

“The fact that cardi b admitted to drugging and robbing men she would take back to a hotel for sex blows my mind,” wrote Twitter user @itsangelaa. “That’s not ‘keeping it real.’ that’s a crime.”

“I wonder what woulda happened if it were the other way round,” @BTSisthecauseo5 commented.

At the onset of the backlash, the rapper seemed to take the comments rather lightly.

The following day she also tweeted “IM THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE, IM THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE and I love it.”

On Tuesday, however, after users on Instagram and Twitter continued to simmer, she was forced to issue comment.

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In a post to her Instagram, the rapper responded to the comments about the video by saying: “I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”


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Leslie Grace And Super Junior’s “Lo Siento” Is The Hit All Latinx K-Pop Fans Have Been Waiting For

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Leslie Grace And Super Junior’s “Lo Siento” Is The Hit All Latinx K-Pop Fans Have Been Waiting For

The year 2017 marks a time of major multilingual and multicultural musical collaborations. With Luis Fonsi’s remix of “Despacito,” featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, climbing to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 16 weeks, and J Balvin and Willy William’s remix for “Mi Gente,” featuring Beyoncé, making it to the No. 3 spot, the western music market is opening up to music in Spanish. But these aren’t the only collaborations bridging different cultures and genres. In the era of globalization, K-pop, short for Korean pop music, is an international phenomenon, and the genre is beginning to meld its addictive melodies with urban Latin pop. Evidence: K-pop boy band Super Junior’s recent collaboration with Leslie Grace.

Debuting in 2005, the fellas of Super Junior are the kings of Hallyu — the Korean wave. At their height, 15 men donned the Super Junior title, but, due to departures, mandatory military service and other issues, only Siwon, Donghae, Eunhyuk, Shindong, Yesung, Heechul and Leeteuk are currently active. As a group, the men have led a revolution in the industry, spurring forward electro-pop and R&B-influenced dance tracks.

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And among K-pop, they also have one of the strongest fan bases in Latin America. The group has long captivated these audiences with hits like “Sorry Sorry,” “Mr. Simple” and “Mamacita,” and Super Junior has made sure to visit their Latin American E.L.F — what they call their fans — on three separate tours since 2013, holding arena shows in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru. It must be noted that the group has yet to hold a single solo show in the U.S.

For many years, Super Junior and SM Entertainment, their label, had seen the excitement from their supporters in Latin America and wanted to show their gratitude by releasing a song partly sung in Spanish. In March, the group dropped “Lo Siento,” a tune about finding romance on the dance floor, featuring Dominican-American singer Leslie Grace and the Latino production duo Play-N-Skillz as part of the extended version of their eighth album, Replay.  

“The song with Super Junior and Play-N-Skillz came out of nowhere. None of us really knew each other,” Leslie Grace, who was recommended to the K-pop group by the Argentine-Venezuelan sibling duo Play-N-Skillz, told FIERCE. “The beauty of it was [having the opportunity of] discovering something that’s been happening hugely in its own right in a different side of the world, and discovering it for the first time and saying, ‘Man, I wanna be a part of that. I don’t know anything about it up until this point, but I really want to be a part of that.’”

While it’s commonplace for K-pop groups to release records in Japanese or Mandarin in order to cater to Asian music markets, or English one-offs for international fans, no act had ventured into singing in Spanish or acknowledged their Latin American fans with a song quite like Super Junior.

“Lo Siento” is a true K-pop and urban Latin-pop mashup. It plays up the typical Spanish guitar and blends a familiar Latin flair with the energy and the mix of pop, dance and hip-hop that K-pop is known for. The music video, shot in South Korea, even features the “Díganle” singer dancing along with the guys of Super Junior.

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The trilingual track debuted at No. 13 on Billboard’s Latin digital sales chart, the first K-pop entry ever. A bit over two weeks after the music video dropped, “Lo Siento” surpassed 20 million views, which was three times more than what their last Korean single, “Black Suit,” accumulated.

While “Lo Siento” isn’t the first time K-pop artists have teamed up with Latin ones nor used Latin genres in their music, it is the first instance that we can actually call a real collaboration. In 2016, for instance, Ricky Martin released a version of his hit “Vente Pa’ Ca” featuring Wendy from K-pop girl group Red Velvet, though she sang in English, and Mexican boy band CD9 released “Get Dumb” with Korean girl group Crayon Pop. In both cases, the artists simply exchanged vocals, put them together and released the song with little fanfare. With “Lo Siento,” however, not only did Leslie fly to Korea to be in the music video, but Super Junior invited her and Play-N-Skillz on their Latin American tour last month.

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Stopping in Buenos Aires, Lima, Santiago and Mexico City, Leslie, Play-N-Skillz and Super Junior played before a total of 55,000 fans. The stars blew up the stage with “Lo Siento,” but both Play-N-Skillz and Leslie also had the chance to perform their own sets during the show.

“It never stops being a surprise, with my most recent released single ‘Duro y Suave,’ for [the crowd] to sing it back to me,” the 23-year-old singer, who came to fame after the release of her bachata remake of The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” in 2013, told us. “I know it’s Super Junior’s crowd. I know that their fans are so accepting and loving, and I knew that they would be attentive during the show, but you don’t expect everyone to connect, especially a crowd that’s so different, to your music when you’re the special guest.”

Leslie is currently finishing her new album, which she says will drop by the end of the year. She’s also very excited about potentially finishing another leg of the tour with Super Junior. “They’re trying to see if we can do some more shows in Latin America, in Central America, go to the countries we didn’t get to go to in South America, like Colombia [and] Brazil,” she said.

Just like with “Despacito” and “Mi Gente,” “Lo Siento” is bringing together different cultures, languages and even fandoms from various parts of the world that don’t get to interact as much through music in a compact, smooth earworm.

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“For us to come together just fully based off of mutual artistic respect, and for something like this to happen, and now everybody really enjoying it despite the cultural differences, that to me was the biggest takeaway and the biggest blessing to now be a part of Super Junior’s story and them a huge part of mine,” Leslie said.  

During an interview in Times Square, the dominicana gave the boys a quick dance lesson — and it was all caught on camera.

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“Bridging cultures one dance step at a time! First Super Junior with me and ‘Group Dance’ in their land South Korea, and now me with them and ‘Bachata’ in my home NYC,” Grace, 23, captioned a video of the dance sesh she posted on Instagram. “Proud to be your instructor, @eunhyukee44 hahaha! You are officially baptized the best bachatero out of Korea by the princess of bachata — BOOM!”

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