Before I jump into some of the differences between Latin American female hip hop artists and their U.S. counterparts, I want to note a similarity they both share: not many female hip hop artists actually make it into the mainstream.Though aside from hip hop already being a male-dominated industry in the United States and worldwide, female artists in Latin America are up against a cultural “machismo,” an strong sense of masculine pride and aggressiveness.
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