Watch out Anita, La Mala, Goyo, and Niña Dioz, there’s a new girl on the block and she’s got the talent, skills, and looks to be a strong contender for the Latina queen of hip-hop in 2011. Danay Suárez was discovered barely two years ago by British DJ and world-music eminence Gilles Peterson while recording his compilation Havana Cultura in Cuba, for which many other local rappers participated. But Danay really stood out, not only could she rap with perfect flow and compelling, conscious lyrics, but she could also sing (jazz, soul, reggae, blues, you name it).

So, following the apparent universal rule that only female rappers get to crossover to the international music market (really, how many of you can name one male Chilean, Colombian or Spanish MC?), the next obvious step after that compilation was an official solo album. Polvo de la Humedad, her independent release currently available on iTunes and Amazon, is in this humble writer’s opinion the best debut album by a Hispanic rapper period, regardless of gender.

Just as proof of her superb talent, check out the video for her first single, “Yo Aprendí,” done in the traditional low-budget style of all Cuban hip-hop videos (which actually works out, because it adds to her street cred), and pay close attention to the words, her impeccable delivery, and her beautiful voice. Or just look at the pretty girl. I guarantee even if you don’t like hip-hop, you won’t be able to resist her charm.

DJ Leydis

DJ LEYDIS was born and raised in Cuba. She became involved in the Cuban hip hop movement during its inception and helped organize events, community shows, and a women’s hip hop collective called Omega. Leydis has created the first female DJ mixtape and has performed across Cuba as a spoken word artist. She also continues to be an articulate speaker on Cuban hip-hop culture and how the embargo and travel ban has prevented the exchange of music and culture between the U.S and Cuba. Having recently moved to the United States, she currently resides in the Bay Area and has toured with DJ for Omegas Kilay, Las Krudas, and Los Rakas. Leydis has also opened up for Erykah Badu and ?estlove. She was also resident Dj at the Lukas Lounge (The Jet Set) every 2sd and 4th Wednesday (Rumba to Hip Hop every 3rd Sunday at Soma Bar inside.

Davin A. Thompson, professionally known as Do D.A.T., is an emcee, arts educator and event host, born and raised in Oakland, CA. Do D.A.T. is recognized as a prominent emcee in the community, hosting local fundraisers, award ceremonies for disabled youth, poetry slams, and hip-hop events. He has lead creative writing & social justice workshops for almost every major high school in the Oakland / San Francisco Bay Area, and has been a featured speaker at several conferences and events across the nation, including the Earn Your Stripes Cipher and the Bay Area Emcee Olympics. Do D.A.T. also spent several years as an educator at The Bay Area Video Coalition (B.A.V.C.), where he mentored and groomed the next generation of hip-hop artists. Consistently pushing his musical boundaries, Do D.A.T. incorporates various genres of music into his creations.

DJ Juan Data

Born and raised in Caballito, a middle-class neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Juan Data discovered hip-hop and dance music culture at the early age of 13. While his parents wanted him to spend time outside practicing sports, he was locked in his room, The Laboratory, making mix tapes with songs recorded from the radio, practicing the newest breakdance moves, drawing comics or recording rap songs with his friends.
During the mid-to-late 90's, while studying journalism in college, Juan Data became a major force in the underground hip-hop scene of his city, publishing the first magazine dedicated to the movement. In his spare time he kept on rapping both solo and with different groups.
In 2001 Juan Data moved to California to pursue a career in music journalism. With his first paycheck he bought his first set of turntables and started DJing, something he wanted to do for many years but wasn't able to afford back in his home-town.
Soon he was spinning records in Hollywood venues in between sets during "rock en español" shows, forcing him to expand his musical repertoire in unexpected directions.
Two years later he moved to San Francisco and since then he has been playing, non stop, at house parties, clubs, bars, lounges, restaurants and concert venues all over the city and beyond.
Still a freelance music journalist by day (and a comic book aficionado) Juan Data puts on his wrestler mask by night and transforms into his DJ alter-ego to rock the party with his characteristically eclectic play-list, experimental mixes and outrageous performances.

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