There is nothing that art cannot give you. Love, passion and dedication furrow the creative spirit of two gomezpalatinas who found in the street that sound that accompanies them. Moon (Karina de la Torre) and Ganya (Rosario de la Fuente) are the voices that, for six years, have given life to the Tu Segunda Madre project, a rap group whose ideology goes beyond gender.
“Really, when we started rapping we didn’t say: ‘We’re going to do a feminist rap’, we never. The net we came from a neighborhood where there is patriarchy and it was never, never our real intention to make a feminist rap; however, we just let it flow and it was natural. We are very happy about that, that other girls listen to us and have taken us in that place”, says Ganya de la Fuente.
Your Second Mother share their way of thinking within the framework of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is commemorated this Friday. For them, women should not be kept apart from the hip hop communityThey are not a label or a shout out to other artists, bands and groups. Women in rap are part of the whole, they don’t seek to divide, but to unite.
“Maybe it is time to lay down the roll. We are not apart from hip hop, Sarah Disturbio (another local artist) mentioned it somewhere: we are not apart; we are part of hip hop, of the movement and the truth has always been there”, adds Ganya.
friendship and rhymes
Moon and Ganya were instructed by the paths of Gómez Palacio and the echo of growing up in an environment where the creative act used to be attributed, to a large extent, to men. They are the living example that women have always been present in musical genres such as rap, the difference is that before it was not often that they were given spotlights.
Moon grew up in the vicinity of La Esperanza Jabonera. “I had to be a boy,” she says, describing how she was accepted into the PHK (Carriers of Hip Hop) neighborhood, after realizing that most women were rejected. “I felt that this way I could enter the circle of that rap rap, because when I know the neighborhood everyone listened to rap.”
Meanwhile, Ganya was approached by hip hop from her home. There she listened to the music that her older brother played behind the wall that divided her rooms. “Many years I just watched it and then realized I could do it too.” So, uA revolution came into his life at the age of 12, when he heard the album Gancho Perfecto (1999) by the Dominican rapper Arianna Puello, an artist who is also the main influence of his colleague Moon. “Corporal (her brother of hers) had it out there on cassette and it was listening to her and saying: ‘A woman who is rapping!’ It was giving me the idea that I could do it and I tried it”.
Years later, fate, the street and hip hop made Moon and Ganya’s paths cross in a dialogue of friendship that continues. A few days ago, both traveled to Mexico City to participate in the tenth edition of Feminem, an international festival of graffiti and urban art where they lived with girls from different disciplines.
“We went there and there were many girls who painted and rapped. I don’t know how many girls there were. There was no money involved, do you know how? They alone”, describes Moon.
Your Second Mother is a name that, in principlewas used to register the group in the poster of an eventor, but whose meaning has been forged over the years. Moon infers that the essence of the group points to the street, to that second mother who gave them the hardest lessons of their lives. “That’s where we wanted to go, because the street has been our second mother and is what represents us,” she adds.
The group has recently released their first album: Entrañas. It is a conceptual material that, through its nine musical pieces, is nourished by the profound lyrics of its authors. This was worked on for eight months by the gomezpalatino producer Dj Conerzión and has the collaboration of other artists such as Flash and the beatmaker Sick Geek.
“We were very clear about what we wanted. We didn’t take long for the Undercity name, because we definitely wanted to do more heartfelt themes. The rap vibe brings a lot of ego, to bring flow, things that we have tried to exploit in other tracks and, in this case, we did say that we wanted to write about strong themes. Now the pandemic has passed and within it they passed us all rolls, strong internal processes. Out there, both of us, at that time, had the loss of our parents and it was one of the issues that we did not want to leave out, because they are your experience.
In Entrañas, the lyricists talk about their parents, their children, what their lives have cost them, and their foray into rap music. As mentioned, it is built on personal processes and hence the title they decided to give the album.