Mala Rodríguez

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Mala Rodríguez
Mala Rodriguez 2008.jpg
Rodríguez in 2008
Background information
Birth name María Rodríguez Garrido
Also known as La Mala Rodríguez
Born (1979-02-13) February 13, 1979 (age 39)
Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain
Genres
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1998–present
Labels Universal Music
Associated acts

María Rodríguez Garrido, also known as La Mala, La Mala María, or Mala Rodríguez (Mala, Spanish for bad), is a Latin Grammy Award-winning Spanish hip hop rapper.

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 (2009 film) her single "Volveré", from the Malamarismo album, was featured.[5]

Rodríguez in Córdoba, Argentina, 2008.

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 in 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 'Quien 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.”[12]


Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
SPN
[13]
2000 Lujo Ibérico  – Gold
2003 Alevosía  – Gold
2007 Malamarismo 10
2010 Dirty Bailarina 11
2013 Bruja 11

EPs[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
SPN
[13]
2003 La Niña/Amor y Respeto  –

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak positions Album
SPN
[13]
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
[14]

Featured in[edit]

Year Song Peak positions Album
SPN
[13]
2000 "Caprichosa"
(Beatriz Luengo feat. Mala Rodríguez)
57 Non album release

Collaborations[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "La aventura americana de Mala Rodríguez". El País. 2007-04-05. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  2. ^ a b c d Birchmeier, Jason (2008-10-30). "Mala Rodríguez Biography". NocheLatina.com. Vibe Media Group. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  3. ^ Holmes, Catesby (2009-07-16). "Catesby Holmes Interviews Cantaora Estrella Morente and Rapper Mala Rodriguez (Translated from the Spanish)". The Huffington Post. Vibe Media Group. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  4. ^ Cruz, Araceli (2007-08-16). "Mala Rodríguez At The Helm of Spanish Hip-Hop". NocheLatina.com. Vibe Media Group. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  5. ^ "Fast & Furious (2009) Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  6. ^ Mala Rodriguez y Julieta Venegas MTV unplugged
  7. ^ "Adondeirhoy.com".
  8. ^ "TicoTimes.net". Archived from the original on 2012-02-04.
  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. ^ "Mala Rodríguez "Gitanas" - Pitchfork.com".
  13. ^ a b c d "Mala Rodríguez discography". spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  14. ^ SpanishCharts - Juan Magan / Mala Rodríguez - "Usted"

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