Title

A Change in The Expression of Gender-Based Violence in Puerto Rican Reggaeton

Presenter Information

Bridgett HillFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Spanish

Minor

Chinese

2nd Student Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Reggaeton, a popular Puerto Rican genre of music that began in the 1990’s with artists such as DJ Playero and Daddy Yankee, has been under fire for its misogynistic lyrics and music videos. While there have been many critics discussing this aspect, there is not much discussion on how some artists are trying to change this tone in their music. The focus of this study is the gender-based violence present within Puerto Rican reggaeton and how the tone of this presence is changing. This research will analyze national identity and gender-based violence present in Puerto Rico and their relation to the music genre, along with an analysis of songs by popular Puerto Rican artists. The analysis of these lyrics and music videos will shine light on different and new areas of a previously, predominately one-sided discussion. This study will be an exploration and discussion of how Puerto Rican reggaeton is changing its tone in respect to the gender-based violence through an analysis of the lyrics of four songs: “Solo de mi” by Bad Bunny, “Yo Quiero Bailar” by Ivy Queen, “La Groupie” by De la Ghetto, and “Bellaquera” by Yaga y Makie. The analysis of the lyrics and music videos of these songs will show how this change is taking place.

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GLT/Modern Languages Senior Colloquium

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A Change in The Expression of Gender-Based Violence in Puerto Rican Reggaeton

Reggaeton, a popular Puerto Rican genre of music that began in the 1990’s with artists such as DJ Playero and Daddy Yankee, has been under fire for its misogynistic lyrics and music videos. While there have been many critics discussing this aspect, there is not much discussion on how some artists are trying to change this tone in their music. The focus of this study is the gender-based violence present within Puerto Rican reggaeton and how the tone of this presence is changing. This research will analyze national identity and gender-based violence present in Puerto Rico and their relation to the music genre, along with an analysis of songs by popular Puerto Rican artists. The analysis of these lyrics and music videos will shine light on different and new areas of a previously, predominately one-sided discussion. This study will be an exploration and discussion of how Puerto Rican reggaeton is changing its tone in respect to the gender-based violence through an analysis of the lyrics of four songs: “Solo de mi” by Bad Bunny, “Yo Quiero Bailar” by Ivy Queen, “La Groupie” by De la Ghetto, and “Bellaquera” by Yaga y Makie. The analysis of the lyrics and music videos of these songs will show how this change is taking place.