La Reyna y La Real shows female rappers and rhyming are on the rise in Cuba

Americas Now

During the decade of the 1980’s, Hip Hop landed in Cuba. It was frowned upon by the general public and the government, who viewed it as a cultural invasion from the United States.

That attitude changed in the next decade when a new generation of Cuban artists started to combine Rap music with the island’s culture.

Our featured artists are two female rappers from Havana. They’ve dedicated their lyrics to the empowerment of other women while covering their struggles and triumphs.

Our Urban Voice is “La Reyna y La Real.”

La Reyna y La Real both recorded solo albums before getting together in 2012. They’re in the process of recording their first album as a Rap duo.