Who says you can’t launch a rap career in your 80s?
If you’re in the Estefan family, at least, anything seems possible.
Miami resident, Gloria Garcia Fajardo, 87, mother of the Cuban-American singer, songwriter, actress and businesswoman, Gloria Estefan, and grandmother to singer-songwriter Emily Estefan, has become a certifiable rap sensation on Instagram.
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She raps under hashtag #Rapuela and the 4’6” grandma can often be seen in her videos wearing cool shades, rapping in Spanish and spitting some serious rimas while her granddaughter beat-boxes.
Estefan’s daughter released her first single “F#ck to Be” in 2015, and has been showcasing her grandmother’s skill on social media ever since.
Muchas Felicidades, salud y bendiciones para la #Rapuela #Repost @emily_estefan ・・・Today this shining light turns 87 years young !!!!! She is everything a growing human could ever wish to learn from. Abuela, you are a perfect example of what Human beings should make of themselves on this earth. Someone who loves and never hates , who hopes and never gives up, and someone who always knows that no matter what, we have to have a little fun. Te quiero ❤️ I love you to the moon and back��❤️ happy birthday ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #HappyBirthdayRapuela
Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan’s Broadway musical “On Your Feet!,” features scenes with Gloria’s mom performing in some of the biggest nightclubs in Cuba prior to the revolution in 1959.
Because of Castro's takeover, Gloria Garcia left her dreams of a singing career behind and fled to Miami with her family, where she became a schoolteacher for the Dade County Public School system.
While Rapuela may rap in Spanish, her enthusiasm needs no translation.
As Garcia endsone of her granddaughter's posts, "Word!"