Welcome back to another episode of “Curated,” our special series where we invite artists to take us on a journey through their unique musical universe.
Multitalented MARIPOSA is our curator of the hour. With a mix of Colombian and Italian roots, the Amsterdam-based trilingual artist has established herself as an innovative force in the Latin rap scene. The self-taught musician embodies a Y2K aesthetic, rife with menacing raps that touch upon a myriad of pertinent themes such as mental health, challenging societal norms, and empowerment. Her genre-defying sound, coupled with her exploration of multidimensional identities, makes for a fascinating and diverse musical landscape.
MARIPOSA’s debut EP Otro Mundo – translating to “Other World” – serves as an entry point to her mind, where she traverses the complexities of her mental health journey within the often overlooked Latin community. By embracing the authenticity of her experiences and emotions, MARIPOSA aims to create a space where differences are celebrated and encouraged.
She kickstarts the sonic journey with her track, “Hielo,” a testament to her ability to channel complex emotions into captivating tunes. The playlist continues with a variety of artists, including Gunna with his head-sticking tune “fukumean,” and the raw vocals of Chino Pacas y Fuerza Regida in “Dijeron Que No La Iba Lograr.” The iconic duos of Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar, as well as Yeat and Young Thug, add a powerful punch to the mix.
The playlist further includes the rebellious tones of Latto’s “Put It On Da Floor,” the raw edge of Peso Pluma’s voice in “Ella Baila Sola,” and the unique soundscape of Eem Triplin’s “Just Friends?” Tracks from Young Nudy and 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, and The Weekend with Playboi Carti and Madonna round up this eclectic selection of music, offering something for every listener.
Whether you’re already a fan of MARIPOSA or looking to delve into new musical territories, this playlist is a vibrant mix of rhythms, moods, and genres. So, without further ado, tune in below!
Mariposa – “Hielo“
“Hielo” is the second song I have ever made. This song was created after my producer and I were having our first discussion. We had our discussion before going into the studio, so everything was created on that “frustrated” feeling. Pepe Boks created the beat before I got to the studio, and when I heard it the lyrics just came very easy. “Hielo” is the perfect summary of what is going on in my head. My energetic and aggressive side meet together on this song.
Gunna – “fukumean”
I know a lot of people don’t agree about Gunna nowadays, but I mean…I can’t ignore his songs. He’s very creative. The way that he made the vocals of the woman who was part of the beat. It just really sticks in your head, “fukumean.”
Dijeron Que No La Iba Lograr – “Chino Pacas y Fuerza Regida“
The instruments are out of this world, I feel like I elevate when I listen to this song. The vocals are raw and the lyrics are on point. I am obsessed with this song. I feel like I want to cry and scream the lyrics while dancing lmao.
Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar – “The Hillbillies“
Iconic duo, love both of them. Beat just slaps, and both flows are catchy as hell. I really love it when they come together on a song, they’re powerful together and very inspiring in my opinion.
Yuz Boy, Bassey Kone – “Yafama“
Have you ever watched “Nouvelle école”? Yuz Boy is really dope, he has a very unique sound. I feel like I don’t want to say too much, you should most definitely check out his other work and videos. The way he changes his voice, and his vibe sheesh.
Yeat, Young Thug – “My Wrist”
YOUNG THUG AND YEAT, that’s all I have to say. I love both artists, so to have the option to hear a track with both of them on it? Chef’s kiss.
Latto – “Put It On Da Floor”
BIG LATTO! I just love this song, it makes me rebellious. I just want to run outside in public and hit someone for looking too long. I won’t, but it just makes me want to be annoying.
Eslabon Armado, Peso Pluma – “Ella Baila Sola”
I LOVE PESO PLUMA. His voice is crazy, it’s super raw with an edge. He recently brought out a song with EL ALFA called “Plebada.” I swear this man’s voice can go on every beat. It’s crazy.
Chino Pacas – “El Gordo Trae Mando”
At this point, you can clearly say I love me some Mexican music. I feel like nobody is allowed to sleep on this sound, it’s just too good.
Eem Triplin – “Just Friends?“
Eem Triplin is very underrated. There’s no discussion that he has a very different sound. You can clearly hear the heavy reverb, which I’m a big fan of. The flow, the lyrics, and the way he sings it. He’s a unique artist.
Young Nudy and 21 Savage – “EA”
Another iconic duo. Side note, I am a BIG Young Nudy fan. I could easily fill this playlist with songs only made by Young Nudy, but yeah, I wanted to give you some diversity of songs I listen to. If you are not familiar with Young Nudy, I am happy to have you here and doing you this favor. There are just too many songs you need to hear: “Duntsane,” “Know What’s Happenin,” and “P**sy” are also crazy. Oops just gave you another three.
Lil Uzi Vert – For Fun
Yeah yeah. It’s not his new album, but I will not drop this song. Lil Uzi is very creative, love his style and his music. Big fan.
The Weekend – “Popular” with Playboi Carti and Madonna
I used to be a big The Weeknd fan, but kind of lost him while discovering other sounds. But sheesh, he just keeps killing it and I just love how Playboy Carti destroys this beat. I think he is a great artist, and he shows it again in this song.