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Mala Rodríguez

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Also known as  La Mala Rodríguez
Instruments  Voice
Occupation(s)  Rapper
Nationality  Spanish
Mala Rodríguez while performing on stage wearing a red sleeveless dress

Birth name  María Rodríguez Garrido
Movies  The One-Handed Trick
Born  13 February 1979 (age 42) (1979-02-13)
Origin  Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain
Genres  Alternative hip hop, Latin rap, Flamenco
Spouse  Reynor Hernandez (m. 2005–2010)
Albums  Malamarismo, Dirty Bailarina, Lujo ibérico, Bruja, Alevosía

Similar  Arianna Puello, Julieta Venegas, Canserbero


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María Rodríguez Garrido, also known as La Mala, La Mala María, or Mala Rodríguez (Mala, Spanish for bad), is a Latin Grammy Award-winning Spanish hip hop singer.


Mala Rodríguez while holding a microphone wearing a brown sexy outfit

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Early life

Mala Rodriguez poses with her award for Best Urban Song in the press room during the 11th annual Latin Grammy Award

Maria Rodríguez was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz on February 13, 1979. She grew up in Seville and became involved with the city's thriving hip-hop scene as a teenager. The daughter of a hairdresser in an Andalusian family, she describes herself as being from a working-class family, saying, "My mother and I are both young, and all I know is that my family experienced hunger back then, and that sticks with you. I didn't grow up with luxury, but I never missed a meal either." At age seventeen, she performed onstage for the first time, and adopted the stage name La Mala.

Musical career

Mala Rodriguez poses with her award for Best Urban Song in the press room during the 11th annual Latin Grammy Award

She rose to prominence in the late 1990s alongside fellow Sevillian hip-hop acts such as La Gota Que Colma, SFDK, and La Alta Escuela. After she adopted the stage name La Mala, she appeared on La Gota Que Colma's album Mordiendo el Micro on the songs "No Hay Rebaja", and "Dando Guerra". She also appeared on SFDK's Siempre Fuertes and La Alta Escuela's En Pie de Vuelo on the song "Espectáculo en la Gancha". She made her solo debut with A Jierro/Toma la Traca, a maxi-single released by Zona Bruta in 1999. The song was originally planned for release by Zeroporsiento, a Sevillian label for which she had recorded the tracks. In 2000, she signed to Universal Music Spain, and released her full-length debut album, Lujo Ibérico. The album went gold and sold over 50,000 copies. Her second album, Alevosía, was also popular, featuring the single, "La Niña". The song gained notability when its controversial music video was banned from Spanish TV because of its depiction of a young female drug dealer.

Mala Rodriguez poses with her award for Best Urban Song in the press room during the 11th annual Latin Grammy Award

Over the next three years, Rodríguez collaborated with many artists, including Mayúscula ("Como un Titere,"), R de Rumba ("Fabricante,"), Full Nelson ("La Carta,"), Akon ("Locked Up [Remix],"), Vico C ("Vamonos Po' Encima,"), Kultama ("Nacional e Importación,"), Antonio Carmona ("Ay de Ti,"), and Calle 13 ("Mala Suerte con el 13,"). She released her third album, Malamarismo, in 2007. On the album, Rodríguez experimented with a more diverse variety of styles, collaborating with Puerto Rican rapper Tego Calderón, Mexican pop star Julieta Venegas, and Solo los Solo producer Griffi. The album featured the singles "Nanai" and "Por La Noche".

Mala Rodríguez while performing on stage wearing a daring multi-colored outfit

Her hip-hop songs are greatly influenced by flamenco music. Her songs often discuss issues such as poverty, racism, domestic violence, and female empowerment.

Mala Rodríguez, on her fierce look, wearing a brown dress

Her music has been featured of the soundtracks of the Spanish films, Lucía y el Sexo (Sex and Lucía), Yo puta (her songs were used on the movie's television adverts and trailers), the Mexican film, Y tu Mamá También, and the French film, L'Auberge espagnole.

Mala Rodríguez, on her fierce look, while peeling potatoes, wearing a daring polka-dotted shirt during her pictorial

On the soundtrack of the blockbuster film Fast & Furious (2009 film) her single "Volveré", from the Malamarismo album, was featured.

Mala Rodríguez, on her long straight hair, poses a fierce look while wearing a sleeveless multi-colored dress during her pictorial

She was also featured on the soundtrack for the EA Sports FIFA 2005, Scarface: The World is Yours, and Need for Speed: Shift video games.

Mala Rodriguez during her award for Best Urban Song in the press room

Her single "Por la noche" was featured in the 2006 Spanish film, Yo soy la Juani. She also features on the track "Mala Suerte con el 13" from Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13's album Residente o Visitante. As well as the track "El Andén" from Bajofondo's "Mar Dulce" album.

In 2008, Rodriguez was invited to join Julieta Venegas for her MTV Unplugged performance singing the song "Eres para mí"

She, along with Julieta Venegas, collaborated with Nelly Furtado on the song "Bajo Otra Luz", as featured on Furtado's 2009 album Mi Plan. She featured in the track "Magia Negra" on Romeo Santos' debut solo album, Formula (Vol. 1) (2011).

She performed with Maroon 5, Björk and LMFAO at the Festival Imperial in the Autódromo La Guácima racetrack in Alajuela, Costa Rica in March 2012.

In April 2013 she revealed on her Facebook page that her new album, Bruja, would be released in June 18. On September 12, 2013, she went back to Costa Rica, to promote it.

"Jugadoras, jugadores", from Alevosía (2003), was featured in the credits sequence for Silicon Valley's season 3, episode 5 "The Empty Chair".


  • Lujo Ibérico
  • Alevosía
  • Malamarismo
  • Dirty Bailarina
  • Bruja
  • EPs

  • September 30, 2003 - La Niña/Amor y Respeto
  • Songs

    Quién mandaBruja · 2013
    Por la nocheMalamarismo · 2007
    NanaiMalamarismo · 2007


    Mala Rodríguez Wikipedia