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  • 06/10/2009

Artist to Watch: Maluca

Who: Maluca
Where: New York, NY

The latest addition to the ever-expanding Mad Decent roster, 27-year-old Maluca (a.k.a. Natalie Yepez) was born and bred in New York City. While her strong fashion sense and genre-hopping ways may draw comparisons to M.I.A. and Santigold, this fiery dominicana uniquely encapsulates the duality of growing up Latina in the United States. Raised on a steady diet of mambo, bachata, and other Latin sounds, not to mention a healthy dose of ’90s hip-hop, freestyle, and downtown club music, Maluca and her music ignore traditional boundaries and drag Latin music out of the so-called “world music” doldrums. Although a bad case of stage fright kept her out of the spotlight for much of her life, a chance meeting with Diplo while performing karaoke eventually led to “El Tigeraso,” a speedy slice of electronic mambo that will soon be released as Maluca’s first official single.

Listen: "El Tigeraso"

13 comments Artist to Watch: Maluca

CARIBE X (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 06/10/2009 - 10:50

THIS SHIT IS WACK. IM DOMINICAN AND AM ASHAMED OF THIS HORRIBLE SONG.TRUST ME IM THE BIGGEST TIGERASO ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. NO OFFFENSE TO OL GIRL .GO GET YOURS. BUT THIS IS STRAIGHT GARBAGE

I am not dominican (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 06/10/2009 - 12:21

I have no idea what's going on.

SOTOMAYOR (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 06/10/2009 - 12:25

"fiery domincana" "uniquely encapsulates the duality of growing up Latina in the United States." Do us spicy Latinas a favor and never write about us again, ok?

PC Police (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 06/10/2009 - 13:31

Methinks some people need to chill the fuck out.

Gerardo (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 06/10/2009 - 13:34

Ashamed?? Are you serious? Maluca is dope!!

caribe x (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 06/10/2009 - 14:53

Dope. I would love to go thru ur record collection dude

Sals (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 06/11/2009 - 09:08

ya'll are crazy! These vocals are HHHHHOT and so is this beat... I'm copping this 12" as soon as possible!!!!

ErockOne (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 06/11/2009 - 11:10

I love this shit!

Caribe x (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 06/11/2009 - 13:36

exactly this is shit. perfect description.

L. Sancho (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 06/12/2009 - 17:16

Maluca's "el tigeraso" is a HOT song. Different , but HOT. This lady has awesome live performance to back it up too.
What's in your record collection, Caribe???

unreceivedogma (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 07/11/2009 - 11:29

I have 4,000 LPs, 1,500 of them of PuertoRican/Cuban/Dominican/African/Jamaican derivation, many pressed in Havana and the Congo. This single will be in there. Mad decent better hurry up and release it, a good summer beat.

Ada (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 07/18/2009 - 19:04

I'm dominicana and very proud of this young woman. caribe get a life... come out of the box dude.

unreceivedogma (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 08/23/2009 - 13:55

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