La “caballota” is back and she is letting the world know she means business.
With her signature style of colorful long acrylic nails, freshly dyed bright red hair, a tight dress and confident attitude, Ivy Queen says she is ready to be back in the spotlight and show off her latest album “Musa.”
“La Reina del Reggaeton” as she’s commonly known, released her eighth studio album on August 21st, showcasing her diversity as an artist and interests in different genres of music.
“I didn’t want to stay stuck in the reggaeton area,” Ivy Queen told Fox News Latino. “I wanted to be creative,” she said adding that the album has “bachata, reggaeton, cumbia, [and] got hip hop” a style of music Ivy Queen says has always captivated her.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City, Ivy Queen a.k.a. Martha Ivelisse Pesante, rose to fame when her catchy song “Quiero Bailar,” from her third studio album “Diva” was a major radio and club hit.
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Throughout her career, Ivy Queen has worked side by side with some of urban music’s most recognized singers, rappers and producers such as Fat Joe, Hector el Father and La India.
She says working with a variety of artists and listening “to every type of music” helps her appreciate all music.
“I’m not a 24/7 listener of reggaeton,” said Ivy Queen. “I listen to Celia Cruz, I listen to Salsa.”
For Ivy Queen her fans, which she calls “soldiers,” are her inspiration and it was they, she says, who led her to write the first official single of “Musa.”
“All the ladies came on my [twitter] wall writing things like that all men are the same,” she said. “The best way to pay tribute to my fans is going to the studio and recording this song which is ‘En Peligro de Extinción.’
In a genre dominated by men, Ivy Queen has been a defender of women in her lyrics since the beginning of her career more than 15 years ago.
“The first moment I fell in love with this music I was having so much hate,” said Ivy Queen. “People were saying this music is not for you, give up, give up.”
With time, Ivy Queen said she earned the respect of her fellow artists.
“They respect me because of my work,” Ivy Queen said. “I wasn’t a one hit wonder.”
“I came to represent the ladies,” she continued, adding that she is no rookie in the music industry and has been composing and performing “for the longest” time.
“I am happy and I’m blessed for that.”
Naibe Reynoso is a freelance reporter from Los Angeles, California. Follow her @naibereynoso