Trap and reggaeton can also be feminist

Trap and reggaeton are in fashion. There are more and more (and younger) people who dance it in discos, listen to it on the subway and sing it in the shower. People know their lyrics and make them mottos to follow.

Its expansive power in the 21st century, thanks to social networks, and its influence on generation Y and Z make these two musical styles a powerful weapon to expand values. And it is that trap and reggaeton can also be feminist.

Machismo in trap and reggaeton

  • Trap and reggaeton are generally known as two very macho musical styles. Semi-naked women waddling in front of the camera or enjoying the singers’ sprees are common in his video clips. In addition, these images are accompanied by phrases that speak of possessing the woman as if she were a disposable object.
  • ‘Small’ details like these have made both trap and reggaeton be considered genres linked to a dangerous macho morality. Its messages objectify and hypersexualize women, incite violence, and promote an image of female dependency and defenselessness.
  • The youngest, the main consumers of this type of music, normalize and share these values. At a time when they are forging their opinion and their morals, these are some of the messages to which they are most frequently exposed.

Feminism can be allied with music

  • However, a twist is possible and, little by little, this change is more real. There are more and more artists who have realized that they can talk about other things in their lyrics and, above all, they are aware of the power of their words and their actions.
  • Feminism has found two very powerful allies in trap and reggaeton to reach young people (and often not so young). The essentials of these musical genres remain: their rhythms, their style, their surroundings… But their meaning changes.
  • The songs launch empowering messages, invite women to feel strong and independent, take as an example great women in history who before them sought extolled the figure of women, talk about sexist violence, cry out to break glass ceilings, they promote equality… And this new ability of feminism to reach more people is given by trap and reggaeton.

Because trap and reggaeton can also be feminist

And since we don’t need to stay only with theory, we have collected some of the phrases from different songs that show that trap and reggaeton can also be feminist.

“I decide when, where and with whom”, from ‘Lo malo’

Faced with ‘I’m going to let you possess me’ or ‘the man takes the reins and the woman obeys’, Aitana and Ana Guerra defend in ‘Lo malo’ the decision-making capacity of women. This song has become a feminist anthem that has even filled banners at demonstrations in favor of women’s rights.

“Because I’m the one in charge, I’m the one who decides when we go to the mambo”, from ‘Pa la cama voy’

Ivy Queen showed that women can also do reggaeton and, above all, dance it without being judged. The figure of a powerful and independent woman stars in this song that many already consider a song.

“I want joke”, by Ms. Nina

Her ‘of course, handsome’ made her rise to fame but little by little Ms. Nina has shown that she has a lot to say in her songs. With her lyrics, which some consider somewhat controversial but what is clear is that she does not mince words, she tries to convey the image of a woman who is neither submissive nor fragile.

“I’m not yours or anyone’s”, from ‘Blackmail’

Yes, oddly enough, among the feminist reggaeton songs we include one in which Maluma himself collaborates. ‘Blackmail’, in which he sings with Shakira, talks about a woman who wants to take control of her relationship despite what the man may tell her. And, although Maluma has left songs with very macho messages to posterity, we are left with one of the phrases of this song: ” I am not from you or from anyone.”

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