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Ivy Queen at Red Bull Music Festival New York

40 minsFirst aired 1 Jun 2018
Maria Jose Govea

The high priestess of reggaeton returns to her former hometown for the Hasta Abajo showcase.

Ivy Queen is a legend of reggaeton. Her career was launched on a fateful night in the ’90s in San Juan, where she jumped on stage at the legendary Noise club and launched into “Muchos Quieren Tumbarme,” leading the crowd in an enthusiastic call-and-response. Hits like the career-defining, dancefloor-consent anthem “Quiero Bailar” followed. From the tough-talk rhymes of early cuts like “Reggae Respect,” delivered in her familiar, husky-voiced rasps, to the mawkish bachatón balladry of “Te He Querido, Te He Llorado,” Ivy Queen influenced the flows, delivery and vocal style of her male peers, tracing a blueprint for the genre while subverting its misogyny. As Bien Buena guest Isabelia Herrera said, “Ivy Queen snatched women’s pleasure out of reggaetoneros’ hands and served it to herself on a platter.”


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