Her first EP, Trap Kitty, arrived final July. Miko considers it a stripper chronicle, impressed by her finest buddy who’s a dancer. On it, Miko is a grasp of rizz, laying on her flirtatious attraction and wisecracking banter in laugh-out-loud punchlines: On “Putero,” she boasts about fingering a lover’s pussy prefer it’s a cello.
Most of Puerto Rican rap and reggaeton’s male artists eat this shit up, on condition that objectifying intercourse discuss is likely one of the style’s most dependable motifs. However not everybody appreciates Miko’s candor. On an island the place colonialism’s brutal legacy is alive and effectively, and the place the chokehold of U.S. imperialism is stifling, Miko’s queerness was difficult for her non secular household to swallow. “They took me to church; they took me to therapists; they took me out of college,” she says. Working with a therapist helped her mother and father understand their mistake, they usually have since repaired their relationship.
At first, Miko harbored some worry round being an overtly lesbian artist within the music enterprise. “We stay in a machista world, and urbano as a style consists of males,” she says. “However I’ve a gaggle of people that again me and love me for who I’m.” “Vendetta,” her monitor with Villano, helped Miko grasp the total weight of her affect; she believes it’s the primary time an overtly lesbian rapper and a trans girl from Puerto Rico have collaborated on a lure track. “You’d stroll via the streets in Puerto Rico and it’d be enjoying in vehicles, in golf equipment. That’s how I spotted we had been making historical past.”
Alongside Miko and Villana, one other renegade of the motion is RaiNao. Her songs resemble the fog on a pitch-dark dancefloor—frosted-glass vocals, blunted dembow riddims, and muted snare rolls gently reducing via the haze. “Mi Piscis,” from her debut EP ahora A.K.A. NAO, is the equal of an immersive dream you instantly neglect after waking up.
Nao grew up in Santurce, one among San Juan’s beloved artwork districts. Her father was a backup vocalist for numerous salsa bands, together with that of Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez, who’s finest identified for the boogaloo hit “I Like It Like That.” Reggaeton was banned in the home throughout her childhood, however she nonetheless managed to find legends like La Sista, Ivy Queen, and Tego Calderón, and even discovered about rock via Guitar Hero. Within the sixth grade, she took up the saxophone, because of her love of noted jazz icon Lisa Simpson.
Nao attended the celebrated music college Escuela Libre de Música earlier than going to school on the College of Puerto Rico. There, she studied biology for 2 years, at first hoping to pursue a profession as a surgeon, however ultimately switched to theater. Throughout faculty, Nao labored as a backup vocalist for the Puerto Rican rapper and reggaetonero Rafa Pabón, an alumnus of the identical music college, nevertheless it wasn’t till the pandemic hit that she determined to give attention to a solo enterprise. “I used to be working at an insurance coverage company, which gave me a whole lot of monetary stability, however my head was going to blow up,” she says. “I may now not not make artwork.”