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    Villano Antillano: The Pioneer of Queerness in Urban Music

    The first non-binary transfeminine Villano Antillano is an artist born in Puerto Rico. She always knew her purpose was to make Trap music. At only 27 years old Villano grew their audience when collaborating with Argentinian producer Bizarrap Music Session #51.

    Villana’s Origin

    From the beginning, Villano always stated her objective was to “tell her stories and manifest through the music”. In an interview with El Mundo, she says, “I’m just a girl with a lot of flow, who makes music and people can connect with that”.

    “I started making music a bit like therapy, to be able to vent, to a certain extent, all my feelings and tell my story, the story of my transition. I chose rap because it was the perfect medium in which I could express my feelings and metaphors. There I realized that I had a lot of courage and people turned to me”.

    She also explained she grew up in a rural area of the town of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Moreover, explains that her melodies are inspired by what happened to her while growing up in the street.

    Collaborating with Bizarrap

    Villano Antillano explains the pressure she felt when collaborating with Bizarrap because his fans are “too loyal and go hard”.

    “Before recording, I don’t know how they found out that the next one was going to be me and they wrote me messages, which made me tenser. But once it’s done, I admit that I’m happy with the result and that I had a great time”, she recalls.

    The artist met the Argentinian producer through Bad Bunny, who presented them in Las Vegas. A couple of months go by and Bizarrap proposed to do a session together she accepted and both went to work.

    Antillano is an artist who is giving a voice to LGBTQ+ and women. Through her music, this transgender artist takes the opportunity to critique society. One that is still so far away from protecting her community and women’s rights.

    “From me comes a desire to tell my story, to manifest myself as I am, and defend what I am through music. For me, it is very important to reach so many people, that they feel attracted by my proposal. I especially notice it in girls, there is like a new voice (…). The world of urban music is changing and this has been possible thanks to the struggle of many women”.

    Other Collaborations

    In the spirit of growing as a trans artist, Villano also has worked with other Puerto Rican female artists such as Young Miko, Ana Macho, and RaiNao. All of these artists popping up in the Latino scene, especially in the Reggaeton/Trap genre is huge because it is dominated by male energy. Villano is shifting the scene with her music and changing how we urban music.

    Tell us what you think of Villano Antillano and how you think she’s changing the way of urban music.

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