Villano Antillano had the sort of summer time most rising artists would promote their souls for: In June, the rising Puerto Rican rapper made her BZRP Music Sessions premiere with a livid freestyle that went viral and blew individuals’s minds, garnering a cool 155 million views. A month later, she was introduced onstage by the world’s largest artist himself, Bad Bunny, throughout his televised Un Verano Sin Ti live performance in Puerto Rico earlier than tens of 1000’s of attendees and viewers. A Jean Paul Gautier-sponsored journey to São Paulo, Vogue Spain travelog in Madrid, and parade of collabs to keep the embers hot all rounded out a banner 12 months for her. Now, for the grand finale, she’s launched her extremely anticipated debut album, La Sustancia X

The total LP is a victory lap — and a well-earned one for the Puerto Rican artist, who’s been a outstanding and proud trans voice in a traditionally misogynistic and homophobic style. She was met with resistance when she began making music a couple of years in the past, although some artists, like Ñejo and Bad Bunny, have been fast to see her brilliance. She continued to wager on herself, snagging collabs with fellow up and comers, like Tommy Blanco, Young Miko, and RaiNao. She’s discovered a sound that’s solely her personal, and longtime listeners, plus new followers who found her by way of her BZRP session, will discover each side of who she is well-represented by way of the LP’s 11 brash and uninhibited songs.


The lead single “Cáscara de Coco” is an instance of the self-possessed lyrical whirlwind she’s turn out to be identified for, whereas “Yo Tengo Un Novio” is a boastful pop-rap observe that celebrates the primal magic of being worshiped by your accomplice. The second half of the album is loaded with among the mission’s finest choices, beginning with the rollickin’ “Puesta,” which options Cuban artist La Dame Blanche, who tag-teams verses with Villano over a post-grunge beat. “Hedonismo” is certain to turn out to be a catwalk staple as she vamps, “I’m distinctive, you might be distinctive, they’re distinctive, we’re all distinctive”. On the penultimate observe, “Nena Mala,” Villano rallies lovelorn followers who may be going through heartbreak and deception and reminds them of their price, encouraging them to muster up the energy to get again up with extra braveness. “Poli” closes out the album with its tongue-in-cheek (and cheeks) ode to each polyamory and monogamy. “I’d by no means consider depriving you, of all the great issues we typically really feel with different individuals,” Villano sasses, her smirk nearly audible over the subdued dance beat.

But Sustancia X’s most emotional —and strongest— observe is “Mujer.” Villano and the singer-songwriter iLe mull over the facility of their music and the way in which it’s given them company that the world doesn’t at all times grant them: “I management my pen, I management my brush, I’m answerable for my very own dawn,” Villano sings within the refrain. Their songs are a method to combat again towards their aggressors, and the message on “Mujer” is amplified with audio of a rally the place the names of Puerto Rican LGBTQ+ victims of violence are learn aloud in remembrance: Mónica Carazo, Alexa Negrón Luciano, Penélope Díaz Ramírez, Serena Angelique Velázquez, Layla Pelaez, and Yampi Méndez Arocho. 
Villano has at all times been an artist with one thing to say. Since she got here onto the scene, she’s been placing her foot down and shutting down haters together with her wit and allure. The complete time, she’s been her genuine, sex-positive cuir self, irrespective of what number of eyes are upon her. In La Sustancia X, she makes it clear why she’s endeared herself to the plenty, bringing out each facet of herself. She ties all of it along with a bow of simple rap prowess, displaying the world why she’s a star who gained’t let something maintain her again.

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