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As urbano music sets the globe ablaze, Melymel’s flaming rap en español is also burning vigorously. “La Mamá del Rap,” as the lyricist, born Melony Redondo, has been nicknamed in her native Dominican Republic, is prepared to be the matriarch of Spanish-language hip-hop outside of the Caribbean island as well, and with undeniable bars and versatility on the mic, she definitely has what it takes.
Melymel, 30, has been spitting fire since 2005, when the-then teenager earned the respect of local rap heavyweights Lo Correcto, who would freestyle with the young aspiring rapera and salute her gift. In a dominantly masculine genre, she was early proof that women, at any age, could compete with the male honchos. And for the last decade-plus, she’s been doing just that, reigning in DR hip-hop, sharing stages and mics with veterans like N.O.R.E., Cuban Link, Lito MC Cassidy and Arianna Puello and inspiring other girls to break into the genre. Now signed to EMPIRE, the U.S. label and distribution company that has released bangers by Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, Fat Joe, Remy Martin, Tyga, DRAM and more, her sights are set on an international audience. [Read More]