María Rodríguez Garrido, also known as La Mala, La Mala María, or Mala Rodríguez, is a Spanish latin rap singer. She was born in Jerez de la Frontera, (Cádiz), 13 February 1979. She moved to Seville when she was 4 and to Madrid when she was 19.
Her latin rap songs are greatly influenced by flamenco music. Some of her lyrics talk about feminism and the problems of the outcasts of society!
She became well known in the Spanish music scene around 1998/1999 when she collaborated with other Sevilla groups like SFDK.
However her style was a lot more rough and hardcore. Later on she crossed-over to the mainstream audience with her solo albums but she left behind most of the edge she had in her beginnings and her sound became more laid-back.
Her 6 solo albums are LUJO IBERICO(2000),ALEVOSIA(2003),MALAMARISMO(2007), DIRTY BAILARINA(2010),BRUJA(2013),MALA(2020) also she realize 18 Singles and EPs until 2021.
La Mala avoided the trap of sounding commercial or crass, her rapping skills were second to none and she always maintained a unique, raw and authentic sound.
So for all these information’s about Mala Rodríguez music , we are believed that it was a big time, that day of Summer … a chatting with her.
Athenscalling.gr: About 21 years from your first album Lujo Iberico, we are able to talk with you… Mala Rodriguez welcome in Athenscalling.gr!
MALA RODRIGUEZ: Thank you, it is a pleasure to speak with you
Athenscalling.gr: Where you are now and how pass all Pandemic COVID-19 days?
MALA RODRIGUEZ: I have been busy promoting my book. It came out June 30th in Spain and have been traveling around the country promoting it. I am also doing some unplugged shows for the anniversary of “Lujo Ibérico”.During the pandemic everything was fine at first, but as more and more time went by, it became a little crazy with working at home and and mixing that with my personal life.
Athenscalling.gr: O.k! Mala means in English … bad! The same means in my language in Greek … Κακό! Who was the Godfather of the name… Why Mala?
MALA RODRIGUEZ: My aunt used to call me Mala when I was little, she would tell me that “era muy mala” (“I was very bad”) and the name stuck.
Athenscalling.gr: Now let’s play a game with your name, MALA… Please fill in the blanks with any words you like…, (M)…., (A)…., (L)…,(A)…..
MALA RODRIGUEZ: Metacrilato , Alpinismo (Mountaineering), Lucha (Fight)…and Amanecer (Sunrise)!
Athenscalling.gr: From Wiki have about your music genres… Alternative hip hop, Latin rap, Reggae ton and Flamenco …and I will ask you what of all?
MALA RODRIGUEZ: Latin Rap.
Athenscalling.gr: On what occasion do you create the music and the lyrics of your songs?
MALA RODRIGUEZ: In different places. Inspiration comes when you least expect it. But it is best to be alone, so that inspiration can come.
Athenscalling.gr: And your best song … does you have any to tell us from your career?
MALA RODRIGUEZ: … lluvia
Athenscalling.gr: Do you remember your first teacher in music?
MALA RODRIGUEZ: My uncle was my first music teacher.
Athenscalling.gr: And do you remember your first albums that you bought?
MALA RODRIGUEZ: Madonna albums!
Athenscalling.gr: Tell us about your influences?
MALA RODRIGUEZ: Steve Wonder, James brown, Betty Carter, Mariah Carey also Ella Fitzgerald, Concha Buika, Toto la Momposina, La India, La Lupe!
Athenscalling.gr: How do you spend your free time? Have you any hobbies?
MALA RODRIGUEZ: Climbing, dancing, and hiking in the woods.
Athenscalling.gr: Tell us your future plans? Any new album or any new single?
MALA RODRIGUEZ: A great album is coming, with incredible collaborations!
Athenscalling.gr: Rest assured that we will wait the relevant link to listen it!….. And for my country … Do you know anything about my country, about Greece?
MALA RODRIGUEZ: It’s the Cradle of Western Civilization.
Athenscalling.gr: Before the end of our chatting … Send your message to the people, just around the world…
MALA RODRIGUEZ: Do what you want and don’t look back, and without caring about what anyone else says.