Just when you thought that Latin Hip Hop had no representation, Ivy Queen, the Boricua “Spitfire” comes back with a whole new arsenal of infectious hip hop beats and a tongue sharper than your momma’s sugar cane machete in her much-anticipated new album Musa! And this is what the New York Times has said about her: “There is only one significant female reggaeton rapper; Ivy Queen,” so please don’t get it twisted!
As she embarks in a promo tour to launch Musa, her latest studio album, Angelenos can gear up for a hot summer night at LA Live’s Conga Room,where she promises to bring the house down with old classics such as Dime, La Vida es Asi, Papi Te Quiero, Guillaera and Quiero Bailar, to name a few.
If you haven’t been to the Conga Room, you’re missing out. The venue has become a hub for showcasing emerging and established artists like Ivy Queen, Moenia, Alejandra Guzman and Alejandro Fernandez. It’s a small and intimate space, which truly allows the artist and audience to connect in an MTV Unplugged kind of setting. On Thursday, August, 23, Ivy Queen is scheduled to appear in a special, private CD release party. If you got your ticket, consider yourself lucky. Aside from its fab acoustic and stage setting, the interior design of this LA staple is modern, hip and oh so inviting!
Though I’ve only heard a few of the new tracks on iTunes, I can guarantee you, la diva, la potra Ivy Queen is destined to bring down the house with her unique take on hip hop and Reggaeton. The new album is a little bit of a throw back to her pure Reggaeton roots, sprinkled with some hints of Bachata (Cupido), but overall, Musa is a fusion of contemporary upbeat rhythms juxtaposed with some good ol’ classic Latin beats such as the Colombian-cumbia-sounding A Donde Va. Tracks you must not miss on the new album include Como Bailo Yo, La Killer and Cuando las Mujeres!
The Conga Room is to intimacy what chocolate is to an aphrodisiac delight.