María Rodríguez, also known as La Mala, La Mala María, or Mala Rodríguez (Mala, Spanish for bad), is a Spanish hip hop singer. She was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, 13 February 1979. She moved to Seville when she was 4 and to Madrid when she was 19.
Her hip-hop songs are greatly influenced by flamenco music. Some of her lyrics talk about the problems of the outcasts of society and women.
She became well known in the Spanish hip-hop scene around 1998/1999 when she collaborated with other Sevilla groups like SFDK. However her style was a lot more rough and hardcore. Later on she crossed-over to the mainstream audience with her solo albums but she left behind most of the edge she had in her beginnings and her sound became more laid-back.
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.
Most recently, 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.
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