Miss Bolivia, Buenos Aires’ premier underground cumbia-rap superstar (I know that’s an oxymoron), goes on what looks like a super-awesome road trip and dances on traintracks (safety first!). I’m jealous.
This may sound like low quality beroom-rap, but Leidi Li is actually Li Saumet, Bomba Estéreo, one of the biggest bands to come out Colombia in the last few years. “Mate a mi novio” (I killed my boyfriend) lets Saumet shed her pop veneer and embrace the song’s hazy, almost intergalactic beat.
Gorgeously shot, Alika elevates the sparsely populated Argentine Northwest to a new level of cool; she breakdances on ancient ruins, salt flats, and mountain sides, wears some really cool sunglasses (1:24).
Tijoux’s had the most crossover success of all the raperas here, but she’s also the most overtly political. “Shock” highlights protesters and activists from around Chile, directly attacks both Pinochet’s legacy and the conservatism of the Catholic Church, and weaves in references to Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine,” which is the song’s namesake.