After years of being considered a “less than” music genre, Reggaeton is finally finding the mainstream success it deserves. Artists like J Balvin, Nicky Jam, and Daddy Yankee have crossed over into the American mainstream, and 2017 was truly the summer of el genero. However, we can all agree there is one thing missing : women. Like really though, where are they? You won’t hear many of them on the radio or see them walking the red carpet but they do exist and even though very few Reggaetoneras get the recognition they deserve they have contributed plenty to making the genre what it is today. Here are 16 women of Reggaeton’s past, present, and future.
Rebbeca Marie Gomez or Becky G, has been the stand out mainstream reggaetonera of the last decade who is hopefully paving the way for more up and coming women in el genero. Her collabs include, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Pitbull, Thalia, and Yellow Claw among other chart toppers. She’s opened for Katy Perry and Selena Gomez – and this year she hosted the Latin AMA’s alongside Diego Boneta. Not bad for just being 20 years old!
Puerto Rican reggaetonera Zuli “La Duraca” is building a reputation as an awesome lyricist and badass woman to be reckoned with. You won’t find much about her online but you can get an idea of what she brings to the table from her YouTube channel.
She’s the madrina and pioneer of reggaetoneras who belted sex positive jams in the early 2000’s. She’s faded from the spotlight but her hit songs like “Dime” and “Te He Querido, Te He Llorado” remains classics.
Artist La Insuperable aka Indhira Ircania Luna was born in the Dominican Republic but was raised in Spain. She has performed her f**k the haters anthems in the US, DR and all over Europe. In the reggaeton world she’s known for the Beyoncé/Jay-Z thing she’s got going on with her husband and rap artist Toxic Crow, who she has several songs with.
Tomasa De Real
This reggaetonera is from Iquique, Chile. She’s a former tattoo artist who is known for her seductive lyrics and old school reggaeton sounds that she combines with trap beats. Bien Dura!
Srta Dayana aka Dayana Chávez Victoria is a Cuban singer, songwriter, choreographer and dancer. She represents the antithetical voice in “El Genero” her song “Te Llamo Hoy” was a response to to J Balvin’s song “Ay Vamos,” in which she let’s him know she’s not letting him off the hook so easy.
Born Maidel Amador Canales, La Zista has been making music since 2006. Her collabs include heavy hitters like Queen Ivy and Jowell y Randy. She’s signed to Zion’s label Baby Records.
Genesis Rios is really out here with the nasty beats and lyrics to match. She’s another woman who is hard to find information about online but her YouTube channel is full of fire freestyles.
Lorna is another trailblazer of el genero. The Panamanian songstress was tearing up the airwaves with her hit “Papi Chulo” in 2002, which hit #1 on the charts in France, and top slots in Pakistan, Italy, Belgium, Turkey, Mexico, and Spain.
Glory “La Gata Gangster” started out as the female voice on early reggaeton hits like Don Omar’s “Dale Con Dale” and “Traicionera.” Her song “La Popola” was actually banned in the Dominican Republic and in several Latin American countries for being too vulgar.
Jenny La Sexy Voz
Jenny’s sexy voice was all over early reggaeton songs. She’s the woman singing “Dame mas gasolina” on Daddy Yankee’s track and “papi dame lo que quiero” on Alexis y Fido’s hit “Rakata.” She has done 80+ features and is now venturing onto her own path as a front woman.
Catalan reggaetonera Bad Gyal is known for her combination of dancehall, hip hop, and reggaeton rhythms, heavy use of autotune and smoking the green stuff.
Carolina Giraldo Navarro is a Colombian singer/songwriter. She’s has worked with Nicky Jam, Andy Rivera, Bad Bunny, Kevin Roldan, and Ozuna just to name a few – and has been rising in the mainstream charts over the last few years.
The OG who used to go by “La Reina del Rap” in the late 80’s before transitioning into Reggaeton. Her most popular songs like “Everybody Dancing Now,” “Tu Pum Pum” and “Menealo” include sounds of the time like breaks, merengue, and electro.
Chilean artist Fabiola Alarcón’s stage name is a euphemism for a toothed vagina and is a term used to reinforce sexist stereotypes about women. She doesn’t conform to the traditional sounds of any genre. She raps about social issues, misogyny, feminism and seems to live for making men uncomfortable.
Since her recent collabs with Ozuna and Daddy Yankee, Nati Natasha has been more visible on the mainstream radar. But the Dominican born and raised artist has been giving the female perspective for the better part of a decade. She signed to Don Omar’s label Orfanato Music Group, and her breakthrough track was actually a feature on his song “Dutty Love.”