Dominican rapper Natti Natasha released her debut album, IlumiNATTI, on Feb. 15. The title is a play on the word "illuminati," or the name of the secret society believed to be worshiped by those in power. Across the 16 tracks, Natasha flexes her prowess as one of today's top female artists on the reggaeton music scene. She rose to prominence thanks to collaborations with Bad Bunny, Becky G and Ozuna. For the most part on her album, Natasha goes it alone and only features women on a few of the songs. Here are five of the best ones on the girl power record.
5. "Oh Daddy"
Natasha flipped the script on Latin legend Ritchie Valens' classic "Donna" with "Oh Donna." She embraces her Caribbean roots with dancehall beats backing her plea for the titular "Daddy" to come back. It's the only song on the album that Natasha recorded in Spanish and English versions. In either language, "Oh Daddy" translates to a tropical, throwback bop.
4. "Te Lo Dije"
For one of the two collaborations on IlumiNATTI, Natasha teams up with Brazilian superstar Anitta on "Te Lo Dije" (I Already Told You). Atop colorful synths and reggae-tinged beats, the ladies remind their man that if he slips up, it's adiós. Natasha and Anitta flex their femininity with authority and sensuality on this swaggering kiss-off.
3. "Soy Mía"
The other collaboration is "Soy Mía" (I Am Mine) with Puerto Rican singer Kany García. Natasha indulges herself in the genre that was born in her country, bachata music. Breezy beats back the ladies as they stand their ground and proudly push back on the notion that a woman needs a man. Natasha and García are a dream team on this lofty and lively tune.
Natasha dabs in Latin trap music on "Independiente" (Independent). Backed by hard-hitting beats, Natasha holds her own and lets the world know that she's got her own. The reggaetonera boasts about her rap flow being rich like a black card. Hearing an independent woman living her best life unapologetically is priceless. Natasha brings the heat on the empowering club banger.
On "La Mejor Versión de Mí" (The Best Version of Me), Natasha lets down her tough exterior to reveal a woman shaken but not broken by a toxic relationship. Acoustic guitar soundtracks the discovery of her inner strength to get through the bad breakup. Natasha comes out of it with self-love and an emotional and beautifully vulnerable ballad of courage.