Friday, June 29th, 2018

Cazzu – Chapiadora

That’s right, Argentinian trap! And we like it.


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Alfred Soto: Argentine trap! Singing and rapping, stretching syllables, Cazzu is so vivid that it wouldn’t surprise me if the label flew her to L.A. and stuck her in a studio with Migos. We want to avoid this.
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Juana Giaimo: In a male-dominated scene, Cazzu brings up in a female figure who is usually denigrated: la chapiadora (something like a gold digger). Cazzu’s chapiadora has something men historically thought they were the only ones to have: the ability to think. “A mascara, lipstick, perfume and calculator in the purse” she says in the first verse and in the second one “I’m intelligent/ I negotiate with stupids.” The chapiadora has money not because she seduces, but because she calculates. There is no room for feelings here, and that’s why her rapping turns more aggressive on most of the song. The “chapi, chapi, chapi” makes it catchy but not repetitive, thanks to all the variations in her flow; she becomes louder, but can also go back to her high-pitched singing voice, and there is a sudden change of the beat in the second verse which amazes me every time. It’s as if she also calculated how to make this trap song a hit.
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Julian Axelrod: In a just world, this would be a huge viral hit with a Takeoff feature for the crossover remix. Chappie Gang 2018.
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Tim de Reuse: The threatening, pared-down beat exists solely as an environment for Cazzu to show off, which was a wise decision; she shows a huge technical range and packs a lot of magic tricks into three minutes. It all exists to serve as a build into a brief but dramatic reggaeton change-up, which sounds like a cheap gimmick when the surprise of it first registers but turns into an absolute delight when you’re waiting for it to hit on all subsequent listens.
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Edward Okulicz: A beat? Cazzu’s got it, but she doesn’t even need it; lesser artists could record their verses using her impressive, percussive flow as a guide.
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Joshua Minsoo Kim: Cazzu’s the highlight of every track she’s on, so it’s nice to hear a solo rap song that proves she’s one of the best Spanish-language rappers around. “Chapiadora” features blown out production a la Lil Pump but Cazzu doesn’t aim for mind-numbing repetition. Instead, she lays down rapid fire braggadocio that effortlessly transitions into prim singing. There’s a biting snarl to both sections, but it’s the sudden dembow beat — a switch-up that brings to mind her “Hello Bitche$” — that violently asserts her dominance.
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John Seroff: The echoes of “Versace” are overt but Cazzu’s delivery elevates “Chapiadora” above pastiche. This seems primed for a quick summer Spanglish remix (presumably featuring Bad Bunny? And, if the money is right, Cardi?) that I will likely tire of quickly; even so, I’m willing to buy in before the market correction.
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