In the later half of the s, hip-hop music officially became the most dominate genre in America. And meanwhile, the line between hip-hop and pop has become almost non-existent, as pop music adopted the production, writing, and vocals of rap. But, this year marked a time when the wide influence of hip-hop went even wider. The likes of Rosalia and J Balvin push the sounds of flamenco and Reggaeton further into the forefront of American mainstream music, Lil Nas X is challenging dominant genre labeling and blurring the lines between hip-hop and country music. This is what makes rap the most exciting style of music today. At times it can be punk rock, it can be political, it can be global. It's been an exciting year already, and these are the best hip-hop songs of so far. It's incredible to see Earl Sweatshirt completely reject popular hip hop music.
Spanish Hip Hop: Wrap Up
Some of the most famous Latin pop songs have survived military dictatorships, war, famine and natural disasters — and they still hold up in spite of passing trends. Rolling Stone contributors selected 50 of the most influential songs in Latin pop history, ranked in chronological order. Valens successfully merged the worlds of Latin American music and American rock in his take, adopting a California surf vibe while keeping the Spanish-language lyrics intact. The song solidified Valens as a pioneer in the Chicano and Latin rock movement, making him one of the first Latin artists to successfully cross over into Top 40 territory. His short-lived career, however, came to an untimely end when the year-old Valens, alongside Buddy Holly, J. East L. It was then that Ben allegedly dropped off the tour and bought a one-way ticket back to South America — his song, however, remained with Mendes. That same year a military junta took over Brazil, employing a fierce nationalism and anti-imperialism that eschewed all Western cultural influence. The song remains a staple of Brazilian music history to this day.
Mostly dominated by Caribbean artists, Latin America has been home to influential music and exciting artists to match. Many of which have reached commercial success and others have earned their credibility underground. Every artist on this list brings their own originality to Spanish hip hop and are names you need to know. Proving how she can hold her own during any battle and up against any peer.
Layne is an active freelance writer. She enjoys staying up to date on trends, media, and emerging topics. No matter the time of year, if you've got cumbia and reggaeton blasting at your party, the scene is hot. If you're a fan of Latin pop, then look no further.