Mala Rodríguez

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Mala Rodríguez
Mala Rodriguez "Cómo ser Mala"
Mala Rodriguez "Cómo ser Mala"
Background information
Birth nameMaría Rodríguez Garrido
Also known asLa Mala Rodríguez
Born (1979-02-13) February 13, 1979 (age 42)
Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Andalusia
Genres
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1998–present
LabelsUniversal Music
Associated acts

María Rodríguez Garrido, known as Mala Rodríguez is a Spanish Latin Hip Hop artist. The multiple Latin GRAMMY-winning, Barcelona-based artist has earned unanimous praise for her socially-minded lyrics and her unabashed on-stage persona. The first (and only) female artist to win both Best Urban Album and Best Urban Song at the Latin GRAMMYS, her extensive catalogue has garnered her a multitude of fans including Barack Obama, who featured Mala in his Summer Spotify playlist. NPR named one of her singles as one of the “200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women.”  Mala Rodiguez became the first urban artist to win Spain’s National Music Award and was a judge on Spain’s “La Voz” (“The Voice”) leading up to her first album in seven years, “MALA”.  Mala recently released her memoir, "Cómo ser Mala" - which debuted number one on the Amazon book sales charts in Spain. She continues to tour and is planning her next album.

Early life[edit]

Maria Rodríguez was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz on February 13, 1979.[1] She grew up in Seville and became involved with the city's thriving hip-hop scene as a teenager.[2] The daughter of a hairdresser in an Andalusian family, she describes herself as being from a working-class family, saying, "My mother and I are both young, and all I know is that my family experienced hunger back then, and that sticks with you. I didn't grow up with luxury, but I never missed a meal either."[3] At age seventeen, she performed onstage for the first time, and adopted the stage name La Mala.[4]

Musical career[edit]

She rose to prominence in the late 1990s alongside fellow Sevillian hip-hop acts such as La Gota Que Colma, SFDK, and La Alta Escuela.[2] After she adopted the stage name La Mala, she appeared on La Gota Que Colma's album Mordiendo el Micro on the songs "No Hay Rebaja", and "Dando Guerra". She also appeared on SFDK's Siempre Fuertes and La Alta Escuela's En Pie de Vuelo on the song "Espectáculo en la Gancha". She made her solo debut with A Jierro/Toma la Traca, a maxi-single released by Zona Bruta in 1999. The song was originally planned for release by Zeroporsiento, a Sevillian label for which she had recorded the tracks.[2] In 2000, she signed to Universal Music Spain, and released her full-length debut album, Lujo Ibérico. Her second album, Alevosía, featured the single, "La Niña". The song gained notability when its controversial music video was banned from Spanish TV because of its depiction of a young female drug dealer.[2]

Rodríguez at Sónar, 2007.

On the soundtrack of the film Fast & Furious her single "Volveré", from the Malamarismo album, was featured.[5]

Rodríguez in Córdoba, Argentina, 2008.
Mala Rodriguez "Cómo ser Mala"

In 2008, Rodriguez was invited to join Julieta Venegas for her MTV Unplugged performance singing the song "Eres para mí"[6]

She performed with Maroon 5, Björk and LMFAO at the Festival Imperial[7] in the Autódromo La Guácima racetrack in Alajuela, Costa Rica in March 2012.[8]

In April 2013 she revealed on her Facebook page that her new album, Bruja, would be released on June 18. On September 12, 2013, she went back to Costa Rica.[9]

In 2015, Mala Rodriguez was one of the many artists featured on President Barack Obama’s Summer Spotify Playlist[10]

NPR recently named one of her earlier singles "Yo Marco El Minuto" as one of the "200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women."[11]

After a four-year hiatus, Mala released her latest single, “Gitanas” on July 6, 2018. Pitchfork says, "Her voice is bold and unflinching, when she boldly asks 'Quién me protege?' (“Who protects me?") you can almost feel the ground quake beneath her feet. Mala already knows the answer to her question. Without missing a beat, she cries out, "Yo!" ("Me!"), daring anyone to doubt her.”   In 2019 Mala Rodiguez became the first urban artist to win Spain’s National Music Award and was a judge on Spain’s “La Voz” (“The Voice”) leading up to her first album in seven years, “MALA” which came out in May 2020.  Mala released her memoir in June 2021 "Cómo ser Mala" - which debuted number one on the Amazon book sales charts in Spain. She continues to tour and is planning her next album.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
SPN
[12]
2000 Lujo Ibérico Gold
2003 Alevosía Gold
2007 Malamarismo 10
2010 Dirty Bailarina 11
2013 Bruja 11
2020 Mala

EPs[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
SPN
[12]
2003 La Niña/Amor y Respeto

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak positions Album
SPN
[12]
2000 "Tengo un trato" 3 Lujo Ibérico
2003 "La niña" 4 Alevosía
2006 "Por la noche" 1 Malamarismo
2010 "No pidas perdón" 30 Dirty Bailarina
2018 "Usted" (with Juan Magán) 4
[13]
"Mujer bruja" (with Lola Indigo) 6
[14]
2019 "Tenamoras" (with Dellafuente) 97
[15]

Featured in[edit]

Year Song Peak positions Album
SPN
[12]
2018 "Caprichosa"
(Beatriz Luengo feat. Mala Rodríguez)
57 Non album release
2018 "Contigo"
(Stylo G feat. Mala Rodríguez)
Non album release

Collaborations[edit]

  • La Gota que Colma "Mordiendo el micro" (1998)
  • SFDK "Siempre fuertes" (1999)
  • El Imperio "Monopolio" (1999)
  • La Alta Escuela "Espectaculo en la cancha" (1999)
  • Jota Mayúscula "Hombre negro soltero busca..." (2000)
  • Ygryega "XXL" (2000)
  • Poison "El Poeta de Mi Barrio" (2001)
  • Dnoe "Que Piensan Las Mujeres 1: Personal" (2002)
  • La Super K "Agüita" (2002)
  • VV.AA. "Laboratorio Hip Hop CD1" (2003)
  • VV.AA. "Flow Latino (Habana – Madrid)" (2003)
  • Jota Mayúscula "Una vida Xtra" (2004)
  • R de Rumba "Fabricante" (2004)
  • Full Nelson "Confía en mí" (2005)
  • VV.AA. "Bien Sobre Mal Vol.3" (2005)
  • Akon "Locked Up (reedición)" (2005)
  • Vico C "Vamonos Po' Encima" (2005)
  • Upsurt "Втората цедка" (2006)
  • Kultama "Nacional e importación" (2006)
  • Antonio Carmona "Vengo venenoso" (2006)
  • Griffi "Los Impresentables" (2006)
  • Calle 13 "Mala suerte con el 13" (2007)
  • Bajofondo "El Anden" (2007)
  • Julieta Venegas "Tiempo Pa`Pensa" Malamarismo (2007)
  • Vicentico y Kumbia All Starz "Vuelve" (2008)
  • Jota Mayúscula "Juega con el monstruo"
  • Jota Mayúscula "Como un títere"
  • Mentenguerra "Por La Noche"
  • Nelly Furtado and Julieta Venegas "Bajo Otra Luz" (2009)
  • Diego Torres "Mirar Atrás" (2010)
  • Sebastian Yepes "De Lo Oscuro a Lo Puro" (2011)
  • Romeo Santos "Magia Negra" (2011)
  • Kinky "Negro Día" (2011)
  • SOJA "Like It Used To" (2014)
  • El Guincho "Comix" (2016)
  • Ibeyi "Me Voy" (2017)
  • Beatriz Luengo "Caprichosa" (2018)
  • Juan Magán "Usted " (2018)
  • Stylo G "Contigo " (2018)
  • Dellafuente "Tenamoras " (2019)
  • Denise Rosethal "Agua Segura " (2019)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "La aventura americana de Mala Rodríguez". El País. April 5, 2007. Retrieved July 10, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d Birchmeier, Jason (October 30, 2008). "Mala Rodríguez Biography". NocheLatina.com. Vibe Media Group. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  3. ^ Holmes, Catesby (July 16, 2009). "Catesby Holmes Interviews Cantaora Estrella Morente and Rapper Mala Rodriguez (Translated from the Spanish)". The Huffington Post. Vibe Media Group. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  4. ^ Cruz, Araceli (August 16, 2007). "Mala Rodríguez At The Helm of Spanish Hip-Hop". NocheLatina.com. Vibe Media Group. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  5. ^ "Fast & Furious (2009) Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  6. ^ Mala Rodriguez y Julieta Venegas MTV unplugged
  7. ^ "Adondeirhoy.com".
  8. ^ "TicoTimes.net". Archived from the original on February 4, 2012.
  9. ^ "Concierto Mala Rodriguez en Costa Rica - Adondeirhoy.com".
  10. ^ "The President's Summer Playlist – Spotify".
  11. ^ "The 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women - NPR.org".
  12. ^ a b c d "Mala Rodríguez discography". spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  13. ^ SpanishCharts – Juan Magan / Mala Rodríguez – "Usted"
  14. ^ Top 100 Canciones: Semana 52, 2018
  15. ^ "Top 100 Canciones: Semana 30". Productores de Música de España. Retrieved July 31, 2019.

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