Yes, she’s queer. Yes, she’s a woman. Yes, she’s Mexican. Yes, she’s a rapper. And yes, she’s a fucking bomb. Niña Dioz breaks barriers and shut down any kind of stereotypes. As Mexico’s first openly queer rapper, Niña Dioz jumped into the predominantly male Hip-Hop scene and conquered her place in it.
The first time Carla Reyna rapped on stage was in the early 2000s when the 18-year-old Reyna discovered the ingenious yet unruly underground hip-hop scene in her hometown of Monterrey, Mexico. After her performance, a woman approached and asked why the set was so short. The woman begged her to make more, saying it was the first time she’d seen a female rapper command the male-dominated stage. Since then Niña Dioz, has built a gutsy repertoire of boastful, tough-talking rhymes that also tackle political injustice and gender inequality and wants to motivate people to taking action and fighting against hate-fueled mentalities.
Her lyrics are entirely in Spanish, but even non-Spanish speakers can revel in the intensity of her voice and the dance-inducing rhythms. With “Tambalea” she wrote a dauntless feminist anthem, she recorded it with the groundbreaking Colombian artist Lido Pimienta and the Tijuana-born singer-songwriter Ceci Bastida.