PREMIOS BILLBOARD DE LA MÚSICA LATINA 2021 -- Pictured: Tokischa backstage at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, FL on September 23, 2021 -- (Photo by: Alexander Tamargo/Telemundo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Tokischa is dembow’s renaissance girl. In a quick quantity of time, her message of liberation has left a mark on the music business. While she has at all times been an artist, Tokischa fell in love with music whereas doing a photoshoot for a journal, the place she met producer Raymi Paulus. Palaus requested her to step into the studio, and Tokischa recorded her first tune. “Since I [could remember], I wished to do artwork. Dancing, appearing, writing, drawing, trend — every thing associated to artwork. I used to be at all times studying and at all times looking for that world,” Tokischa tells POPSUGAR.

In a quick span of time, Tokischa has positioned herself as a musical drive to be reckoned with. She prides herself on talking on the trials and tribulations of being from the hood of the Dominican Republic. “I discuss explicitly [about] what is going on on within the bajo mundo. I’m not right here to symbolize the excessive class or symbolize the individuals from the mountains; I’m right here to symbolize the hood. That’s what I’ve seen and what impressed me, to be sincere,” she says.

Her distinctive sense of trend units her other than different artists and types half of Tokischa’s freedom of expression, which she attributes to her mother. According to the rapper, she developed her sense of trend by flipping by means of the photographs in Vogue magazines that her mother would ship her from the United States as a result of they had been onerous to return by the place she grew up. “Where I come from, there isn’t any means you are going to get Vogue journal except anyone from one other nation despatched it to you,” Tokischa says. “She at all times saved exhibiting me excessive trend, and I used to be at all times sporting loopy clothes that she would get me.”

For Tokischa, trend is an artwork, and as an artist, she feels it is necessary to make use of these completely different avenues to specific herself. She has used her visuals to not solely showcase her trend fashion but additionally to push her general creativity to new heights. “Even the best way you have a look at individuals is an artwork. Music, footage, movies even, the hair and nails, it is an artwork. So something I can seize and make a piece of artwork, I’ll,” she provides.

Tokischa is thought for exuding a degree of confidence and fearlessness, particularly in relation to her sexuality. It’s that fearlessness that has helped her develop into a pillar within the LGBTQ+ group. “My total life, I’ve been excluded,” she shares overtly. “I used to be at all times checked out as irregular or not regular, and it was like, the place do I belong? I used to be at all times the black sheep, and it is a group of energy, of love and acceptance, in order that’s why I determine with it.”

The rapper, who identifies as sexually fluid, is unapologetically herself. It reveals in her lyrical content material, which has each served as a type of resistance and deemed her controversial. In Dominican tradition and Latinx tradition extra broadly, Tokischa is thought as a girl who dances to the beat of her personal drum and really publicly owns her sexuality. Her tongue-in-cheek tune “Perra” with J Balvin was meant to be taken audaciously as a woman-empowering anthem, boasting lyrics like “Yo soy una perra en calor/ ‘Toy buscando un perro pa’ quedarno’ pega’o,” a play on phrases of being a feminine canine in warmth. The tune was meant as a “satirical illustration” of the “many contexts of the phrase ‘perra,'” as effectively as a type of sexual liberation, according to Paulus. But as an alternative, she discovered herself in sizzling water for scenes that embody Balvin strolling two Black girls on leashes. Still, Tokischa stands by being intercourse constructive in her music.

“I’m very sexual — that is my nature as a human being, as an animal — and I’m not afraid to specific how I really feel about that.”

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“I’m very sexual — that is my nature as a human being, as an animal — and I’m not afraid to specific how I really feel about that,” she says. Sexually ahead songs exist in each musical style you possibly can assume of, from reggaeton and hip-hop to dembow and R&B and even pop. Yet males aren’t questioned for his or her sexually specific songs and lyrics. However, girls, particularly Black and Latina girls, have been continuously ostracized for it. It’s one thing that Tokischa is proud to embrace in her music with the hope that it’s going to encourage others to reside authentically.

“That’s actually why we do something in life, to encourage individuals. It’s necessary to ship a message of freedom,” the dembow artist says. “Most persons are trapped. If you can provide the individuals a little freedom, even when it is tiny, it is a blessing.” In the previous, it was tough for ladies to interrupt by means of in genres like dembow and reggaeton. But artists such as Tokischa who deliver forth messages of freedom and empowerment to the desk have helped make waves that may be seen extra usually within the dembow scene. What was as soon as thought of a men-dominated style is not the truth a lot anymore, in response to Tokischa.

“I believe that concept of a male-dominated business is previously. There are a lot of girls which might be making it large proper now, and that is wonderful.”

“Right now whenever you go searching, there’s a lot of girls breaking information and making it occur,” she says. “I believe that concept of a male-dominated business is previously. There are a lot of girls which might be making it large proper now, and that is wonderful.” Tokischa lately completed a European tour and has begun touring throughout the United States together with her Popola Tour, selling singles with artists together with Rosalía, Ozuna, and Eladio Carrión. Traveling has been an adjustment for Tokischa, however being on stage representing her hood and her tradition whereas performing in several international locations makes her really feel proper at dwelling.

Tokischa’s newest single, “Delincuente” — a sexually charged tune that includes reggaeton superstars Anuel AA and Ñengo Flow — has stirred a lot of buzz. There had been over 40,000 movies created by followers on TikTok in lower than 24 hours for the reason that tune dropped, racking in tens of millions of views on YouTube in simply a few days. The tune showcases Tokischa’s distinctive means to creatively push the boundaries in her music by means of a mixture of attractive visuals and lyrical content material, one thing that comes naturally to the Dominican artist. “I’ve been like that my total life. Whatever I wish to do, I do it,” she says. “Whatever involves my thoughts, and if I wish to make it occur, I make it occur, as a result of that is simply my essence.”

Her debut album is at present within the works and one thing she will’t wait to place out. Tokischa, of course, plans on making it the final word type of resistance. She already has an album identify picked out however desires to ensure that it precisely represents and embodies every thing that she is: an artist, a artistic, a woman from the hood. A renaissance girl.

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