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Latin trap continues to rise in popularity despite a lack of radio support, Rolling Stone writes in a new article.
“[Latin trap is] popping in the streets right now with zero radio airplay,” says Horacio Rodriguez, VP of marketing for Universal Music Latino. “It’s a counter-culture of young kids listening to this music.”
“You and I could be having this conversation 15 years ago about reggaeton,” acknowledges Victor Martinez, president of Hispanic Broadcasting Radio, when asked about the lack of Latin trap songs on the airwaves. “It would be the same conversation: We have problems with the lyrics, with the raunchiness.” Martinez adds that Latin trap artists “don’t put out clean versions.”
Yet, despite the lack of radio play, Latin trap has caught the attention of American singers and rappers. “We’re already getting calls from mainstream artists that want to remix or work with our Latin trap artists,” Rodriguez says.
In terms of the big picture, Latin trap is diversifying the Spanish-language hip-hop scene, which has been dominated by reggaeton for over a decade. “Latin music has needed something new and fresh for a long time,” says Luis Rivera, program director for Latino Music at Music Choice, which controls audio and video content for cable TV subscribers.
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