No Pos Wow

From Fey To Proyecto Uno, Here’s The 90s Latino Pop Stars You Totally Jammed to In Grade School

The 90s and early 00s gave us some of the best Latino pop music ever. It’s undeniable. While Thalia, Shakira, Paulina, Luismi, and Enrique were some of the bigger icons to come out of the era, there were many, many more with mega-hits that soundtracked our bedroom dance parties. Their faces plastered the covers of Eres magazine and our bedroom walls.

Here are 20 of our favorite pop throwbacks that are going to get your Spotify search bar feeling that vuela, vuela!

1. Fey

Fey ‎– Fey

The pop star had hit after hit in the mid-’90s thanks to her catchy af bubble gum dance pop. She also rocked a scarf on her wrist, which then became the look of 1995. Her dance moves were also the look of 1995. So much choreographed flailing. Also: remember when people started the rumor that she was super old, but she was actually in her early 20s? Good times.

2. Garibaldi

Garibaldi ‎– Caribe

This group featured eight – yes, eight! – ridiculously attractive young men and women wearing teeny outfits and singing in unison. Their Latino pop got all the tías shaking their hips at every backyard party. And with all those pretty faces and moderate singing ability, it’s no surprise that many members would go on to be major telenovela stars, like Pilar Montenegro and Pati Manterola. Seriously though, with eight members, how did anyone make any royalties?

3. Kabah

kabah_oficial / Instagram

Kabah was pretty lit for a group of people who basically talk-sang not always on key. But “La Calle del las Sirenas” was so catchy you couldn’t even be mad about it. Their song “Amigas Y Rivales” even became the theme song for a telenovela of the same name. By Latino standards, that’s making it to the big time.

4. Magneto

Magneto ‎– Vuela

This boy band got their start in the 90s alongside groups like Timbiriche (who also deserve some love), but blew up in 1991 with their song “Vuela Vuela.” The fact that they were, like, totally the cutest also helped. And if you got bored at any point deciding which Magneto cutie was your favorite, they literally replaced members 14 times so there was always someone new to crush on. But they were all the Michelle to Alan’s Beyoncé. Let’s be real.

5. Mercurio

Mercurio-Evolucion Columbia

Challenging Magneto for chart, and teen girl bedroom wall, dominance in the 90s was Mercurio. The boy band killed it non-stop, with some major hits in the 90s, including mega-banger “Explota Corazón.” And like many pop stars of the era, a few members went on to telenovela fame. They too fell victim to choreographed flailing, but they were so cute so whatever.

6. Proyecto Uno

Proyecto Uno ‎– El Tiburon
Freaky Records

Seriously, did you go to any quinceañera that didn’t set the dance floor aflame with “El Tiburón” or “Esta Pegao”? That ish was fire! No one could deny the jamminess of their Spanglish house pop. The Dominican-American foursome was all “no pares, sigue sigue” and damn it if you didn’t feel like you were about to pass out but you kept going.

7. Elvis Crespo

ElvisCrespo / Twitter

Listen. There’s people out there that have no idea who Elvis Crespo is. I feel bad for those people. But he’s included in this list for them, because those of us who do know the sensation that bubbles in the pit of your soul when you hear that “suavemeeeenteeee beesaaameeeee” escape the speakers have better lives because of it. Was there ever a wedding or a cleaning day at the house that didn’t feature this song? The answer is no.

9. Paradisio

Cover Paradisio – Bailando

This one-hit wonder weren’t even Latino. They were actually Belgian. I’m not even mad about it because damn if this song is party. It was everywhere in 1997 and probably the greatest song that gives a shout out to special effects. Lyrically, this song makes zero sense. At. All. It was clearly written by non-Latinos. But it doesn’t matter when you’re under the strobe light.

10. Jeans

Por Que Disimular – Jeans

Jeans was a group made up of straight up children. Children talk-singing about wanting to lure in a hot dude with a dope pair of 501s. People weren’t too weirded out by it, probably because the song was so bubbly and cute. Their dance pop songs carried them all the way through puberty though. The Jeans girls eventually grew up, had their braces removed and it got less weird, setting them up for a sexy makeover and reunion later.

11. Onda Vaselina

ov7oficial / Twitter

Who among us didn’t sing at the top of our lungs “Te Quiero Tanto, Tanto” which is quite possibly the most romantic song ever written? It’s so beautiful! And let’s not forget “Mirame a los Ojos,” which is a total bop and such a perfect dance jam. Onda Vaselina really did it all.

12. OV7

ov7oficial / Twitter

Onda Vaselina later rebraded themselves as OV7, and turned their pop sound up a notch, maturing it for not just teen audiences but adults as well. “Enloquéceme” is still unquestionably a jam, and is “Shabadaba.” And the group even later went on to record a musica regional album, showing their range.

13. Ragazzi

Ragazzi, Libre Cd 1998 Polygram Discos

This boy band drive all the screaming, sobbing girls wild. Ballads like “Veneno” had us all swooning our hearts out with that creamy voice. It was impossible not to fall in love, and maybe start thinking about boys in a more *ahem* grown up way.

14. Calo

GrupoCaloMX / Instagram

This multi genre pop group incorporated rap and house music. “Formas de Amor” sounded a little bit like a Duran Duran/Ace of Bass rip off but it was still a mega hit and a song we loved. They had a very Euro sound that got every Señor Frogs going off.

15. Mœnia

moeniamx / Instagram

Latin pop in this era was all about the big synth and had a major dose of Eastern European electronic music. Mœnia was not a boy band in the traditional sense but made pop music that strongly resembled at Latino new wave like Soda Stereo. And we loved them for it.

16. Christian Castro

CristianCastro / Twitter

Ayyyy Christian. The son of telenovela star Veronica Castro made a name for being the other Luis Miguel, using those piercing blue eyes and heartmelting vocals to make us feel all the feelings. Our moms loved him, our abuelitas loved him, and our tias and titis were obsessed too. It was something we could all share.

17. Nek

NekOfficial / Twitter

Nek is definitely not Latino, but the Italian pop star delivered one of the biggest hits of the 90s to the Latin American market. He might be a bit of a one hit wonder, but that one big hit was definitely a wonder. I still play this every so often and dance in my living room.

18. Kairo

This boy band didn’t just bless the world with “Dile Que La Amo,” truly a sweet love song that we obsessed over, but it also gave us Eduardo Verastegui, who went on to star in novelas like “Soñadoras.” Like what a beautiful, beautiful man.

19. Sasha Sokol

timbirichas / Instagram

The former member of Timbiriche and other side projects grew into a solo artist that wanted to show her depth and alternartive side. She did that with her hit “Seras El Aire,” which has that Duran Duran vibe as well.

20. Sentidos Opuestos

luisreyes_foto / Instagram

The dance pop duo knew always knew how to get the dance floor going. And with songs like “Amor de Papel” and “Donde Estan” they certainly knew how to make catchy pop that got us shaking our little butts.

After going through all these artists and some of their biggest hits, I think it might be time to make a Spotify playlist. So many bangers! And it makes me miss glitter gel and spiky, twisted hairdos. Let’s bring it back!


Recommend this story by clicking the share button below! 

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

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

fierce

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bve_d3sFet7/

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.”


Read:After Two Parkland Students Commit Suicide, Community Unites To Share Mental Health Resources

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

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

fierce

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.

(Courtesy of Leslie Grace)

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhf174fBlko/?hl=en&taken-by=lesliegrace

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiNZO-sgKLW/?hl=en&taken-by=playnskillz

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiId1-5Bv_d/

“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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkWSwsvhpta/?taken-by=lesliegrace

“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!”

Catch the whole thing above!

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

Recommend this story by clicking the share button below!

Read: Anyone Who Has Ever Been Asked For A Sexy Pic By A Guy Will Feel Seen AF By This New Natti Natasha Video

Recommend this story by clicking the share button below!

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *