Mala Rodríguez

For other people with the same name, see Maria Rodriguez (disambiguation).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is Garrido.
Mala Rodríguez

Rodríguez in 2008
Background information
Birth name María Rodríguez Garrido
Also known as La Mala Rodríguez
Born (1979-02-13) 13 February 1979
Origin Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain
Genres Alternative hip hop, Latin rap, Flamenco
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instruments Voice
Years active 1998–present
Labels Zona Bruta, Universal Music
Associated acts SFDK, Calle 13, Nelly Furtado, Julieta Venegas, Upsurt

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.

Early life

Maria Rodríguez was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz on February 13, 1979.[1] She grew up in Seville and became involved with the city's thriving hip-hop scene as a teenager.[2] The daughter of a hairdresser in a Gypsy 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."[3] At age seventeen, she performed onstage for the first time, and adopted the stage name La Mala.[4]

Musical career

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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2]

Rodríguez at Sónar, 2007.

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".

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

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.

On the soundtrack of the blockbuster film Fast & Furious (2009 film) her single "Volveré", from the Malamarismo album, was featured.[5]

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.

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.

Rodríguez in Córdoba, Argentina, 2008.

In 2008, Rodriguez was invited to join Julieta Venegas for her MTV Unplugged performance singing the song "Eres para mí"[6]

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[7] in the Autódromo La Guácima racetrack in Alajuela, Costa Rica in March 2012.[8]

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,[9] 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".





  • La Gota que Colma "Mordiendo el micro" (1998)
  • SFDK "Siempre fuertes" (1999)
  • El Imperio "Monopolio" (1999)
  • La Alta Escuela "Espectaculo en la cancha" (1999)
  • Jota Mayúscula "Hombre negro soltero busca..." (2000)
  • Ygryega "XXL" (2000)
  • Poison "El Poeta de Mi Barrio" (2001)
  • Dnoe "Que Piensan Las Mujeres 1: Personal" (2002)
  • La Super K "Agüita" (2002)
  • VV.AA. "Laboratorio Hip Hop CD1" (2003)
  • VV.AA. "Flow Latino (Habana - Madrid)" (2003)
  • Jota Mayúscula "Una vida Xtra" (2004)
  • R de Rumba "Fabricante" (2004)
  • Full Nelson "Confía en mí" (2005)
  • VV.AA. "Bien Sobre Mal Vol.3" (2005)
  • Akon "Locked Up (reedición)" (2005)
  • Vico C "Vamonos Po' Encima" (2005)
  • Upsurt "Втората цедка" (2006)
  • Kultama "Nacional e importación" (2006)
  • Antonio Carmona "Vengo venenoso" (2006)
  • Griffi "Los Impresentables" (2006)
  • Calle 13 "Mala suerte con el 13" (2007)
  • Bajofondo "El Anden" (2007)
  • Julieta Venegas "Tiempo Pa`Pensa" Malamarismo (2007)
  • Vicentico y Kumbia All Starz "Vuelve" (2008)
  • Jota Mayúscula "Juega con el monstruo"
  • Jota Mayúscula "Como un títere"
  • Mentenguerra "Por La Noche"
  • Nelly Furtado and Julieta Venegas "Bajo Otra Luz" (2009)
  • Diego Torres "Mirar Atrás" (2010)
  • Sebastian Yepes "De Lo Oscuro a Lo Puro" (2011)
  • Romeo Santos "Magia Negra" (2011)
  • Kinky "Negro Día" (2011)
  • SOJA "Like It Used To" (2014)
  • El Guincho "Comix" (2016)


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  3. Holmes, Catesby (2009-07-16). "Catesby Holmes Interviews Cantaora Estrella Morente and Rapper Mala Rodriguez (Translated from the Spanish)". The Huffington Post. Vibe Media Group. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
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