The scenario goes something like this:. Boy tilts his head and examines the contrast of freckles on her cheeks to her pale skin and her blue, piercing eyes. Her hair is dark brown and thin. He mentally notes her present but not protruding rear end. And then boy will be stuck tapping into the Sofia Vergara and Jennifer Lopez analogies that have put Latinas at the forefront of popular culture, but often make their physical standards a social crutch during real life exchanges.
Think "Latinas in hip-hop," and you're more likely to conjure up images of curvaceous video vixens than rappers slaying it — but the truth is Latinos have existed in hip-hop from its inception. In fact, as hip-hop scholar Raquel Z. Rivera reminds us in her book New York Ricans From the Hip-Hop Zone , the music and dance bears as much resemblance to African-American styles like blues and jazz as it does to Puerto Rican musical forms like bomba and plena. Ultimately, hip-hop culture is inherently Puerto Rican culture. More than four decades after its genesis, Latinas of various national and cultural identities have also been a part of hip-hop. Here are just eight up-and-coming Latina rappers deserving your immediate attention. A poet-turned-rapper, Nitty's rhymes — about mental health, sexual abuse, and women empowerment — are poetry-driven, what she calls "conscious storytelling.