Meet the only female rapper at the Batalla World Final 2021

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The Spanish-speaking rap scene has a new goddess! Born in 1998 in Cali, Colombia, Marithea (aka made up of her name, Maribel Camilo, and Thea, goddess in Greek), grew up knowing that she always wanted to be a part of the music industry, even though she had only two options, to become a singer. of salsa or rapper.

“Cali is the capital of salsa and multiple winners of world salsa competitions, but the peculiarity of southern Cali is that those who are not salsa singers are rappers,” the artists explained to HELLO ! United States. “I’m not completely immersed in the genre; therefore, I chose rap. I was in the best place to start my rapping career.

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Marithea started improvising when she was just 14, and moving quickly five years later, in 2019, she became the first woman and Afro-Colombian to win a Red Bull Regional, in addition to finishing third in the final that year and get second place at the Carrefour des Champions. Today and the first national champion of the Colombian national final, Marithea will represent her country at the Red Bull Batalla 2021 world final.

His strategy is always simple, to take total control of the battle by anticipating and having a sense of the response without neglecting consistency and content. His style is spontaneous, pure, intelligent and energetic, always firm on the hitting line and handling both attack and defense. “I am very calm,” she describes to herself. “Maybe other rappers think otherwise. But I’m super relaxed.

Colombia's Marithea is the only rapper to fight for the crown in the 2021 Red Bull Batalla World Final© Red Bull Battle

Although today she is one of the greats internationally, she started out as a fan watching videos on YouTube. And thanks to the support of her mother, Marithea was able to become one of these artists to follow. “My mother accompanied me to my first rap battle,” she revealed. “I won that day and my mom said, ‘Wow, Maribel, I didn’t know you were so talented.’ So she started to support me more. In fact, I am here because of her.

The native of Cali is also part of Team Tricolor (Colombia + Venezuela). She continued her musical studies and took care of composing new songs.

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