Lady Cultura has over 23,000 followers on Instagram but that doesn’t mean you’ve heard of her; props to those who have. With the trajectory of a dancer – schooled in performance since she was 8, she’s appeared on Broadway and teaches an assortment of styles all over the world – she’s most recently joined the ranks of Hannah Diamond, Pixie Lott and Girli, hooking up with digital collective OKgrl for her latest musical release, “No Tengo Mas”.
Cultura’s energy and progressive attitude is a permanent fixture – while the aristocratic prefix isn’t (lazy hack’s rejoice) – and no doubt played a role in her current gig on Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour. Here at Wonderland we’re pretty taken with her Twitter chat too (“the hotel i’m at changes my tv channel to the news in the mornings… so i literally wake up… woke” she tapped last month). Keen to know more, we grabbed five with our new favourite lesbian Cuban rapper.
Lady Cultura, where does the moniker come from?
Cultura means culture in Spanish and culture is everything to me. I’m a Cuban-American from Miami, both my parents being from New York: I feel like I am culture. That’s what makes us different, it’s what makes us interesting.
You’ve just dropped a new track, “No Tengo Mas”. Can you talk us through it?
The song is a collaboration between myself, Santell and the Picard Brothers. My sound is urban Latin and the boys did their own twist and vibe on top. It’s an anthem for the flings; the flings that need a reality check! “No Tengo Mas” means “I don’t have anymore”. I’ll refer to the line “I told you from jump what it’s gonna be / don’t pretend and act like this is more than it seems”. Basically.
Nice. You worked with digital dream team OKgrl on the visuals. How did that come about?
OKgrl is super innovative and next level. I met with Louby (McLoughlin) and decided we were on the same page with our thoughts on pop music, culture, visuals, etc, so we decided to collaborate on something exciting for my debut, and now we are all one family.
And Santell has produced the record, right?
Santell is my childhood best friend actually; we have known each other since we were 8 years-old. He’s been doing music since GarageBand and his beats were lit then. He has this incredible ear for all genres of music. He’s able to hear something once and just GET IT. He’s a white Italian boy and he makes FIRE beats: Reggaeton, Caribbean, R&B, you name it.
So how would you describe your sound?
My sound is a mix between Latin Urban and Afro House. I love anything that makes me want to dance, as I love a good island beat – Reggaeton/Dancehall that’s been remixed or jazzed up.
You sing both in English and Spanish, was this a conscious decision?
Lady Cultura: I’m proud to be Latina but I’m also American. I am Spanglish. Spanglish is me!