Music Review: La Bala

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“La Bala” by Ana Tijoux (Nacional)

It’s no surprise that Spanish-speaking emcee and femme fatale Ana Tijoux–born in France to parents exiled from Pinochet’s Chilean dictatorship–takes a critical stance on global and personal politics.

When she’s rapping, her delivery is fierce and precise, like a silenced semiautomatic pistol. Sass is not her only weapon, though. On intimate songs like “El Rey Solo” and “Mi Mitad,” which sport fuzzy funk grooves and ultra-chill R&B beats, Tijoux mellows to a whisper-soft vibe, giving new meaning to “killing me softly.”

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