Rolling Stone

Puerto Rican Rap’s Radical New Star


VILLANO ANTILLANO is just getting her career started, and she’s already sharing the stage with Bad Bunny — thanks largely to a freestyle she released in June that garnered 155 million YouTube views. As a trans artist in a heterosexi­st scene, she’s wrecking cultural boundaries, too. Her debut, La Sustancia X, completes the victory lap. She’s a self-possessed whirlwind on the single “Cáscara de Coco,” while “Yo Tengo un Novio” is a pop-rap track about being deservedly worshipped by your partner. It’s the work of a star who won’t let anything hold her back.

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