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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Monday, July 25, 2016

Urban Decay: Hot Fun in the Summer... in the City... with Pop Rapper Becky G!

Welcome to part 5 of my

my 12-part series on the

up-and-coming young artists

of pop, pop rock and pop rap!

becky g

At the age of nine Rebecca Gomez went through a
mid-life crisis. She sought a direction for her life
and found it in music. Influenced by hip hop, pop,
country and Spanish recordings, Rebecca chose
to pursue a career as a singer, songwriter and
rapper. She took the stage name Becky G
and in 2011 started to grow a following
on YouTube with videos of herself
performing popular songs. An EP
album release and a string of
singles followed, including
four Billboard chart hits.

In 2014 Becky G won the Radio Disney
Music Award for Best New Artist and in
2015 was nominated for Artist of the Year
in the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Becky is also an actress with TV credits
that include the Fox musical drama Empire
and the role of Trini/Yellow Ranger in
next year's reboot film of the series
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

As a rap artist, Becky G is the real deal - 
a force to be reckoned with. Still in her
teens, Becky G brings it with confidence,
essential for anyone who wants to be a
convincing rapper. Becky G doesn't beat
around the bush. She gets to the point,
dishing a slick, sophisticated, street-
wise blend of pop-rap and Latin pop.
Watch and listen as Becky takes it
to the hoop with a reverse slam dunk
on her top 40 single "Break a Sweat."

"Break a Sweat"
(August 2015, highest chart pos.
#36 Mainstream Top 40)

In the summer of 2013, Becky G released the
EP album Play It Again. In the video for the
title track, Becky G shows off her vocal and
dance talents along with an abundance
of inner city rap street cred.

"Play It Again" - Becky G
(single from July 2013 EP
album Play It Again)

I introduced "Mr Worldwide," Miami rapper
Pitbull, in my post on the 4th of JulyIn 2013,
Pitbull hooked up with rap prodigy Becky G
on the single "Can't Get Enough."

"Can't Get Enough" - Becky G ft. Pitbull
(from July 2013 EP Play It Again)

In the summer of 2014, Becky G scored
her first U.S. hit single with the top 20
charting "Shower." Time Magazine
called this sizzler a "sugar rush."

"Shower" - Becky G
(June 2014, highest chart pos.
#16 Hot 100/#1 US Heatseekers)

We be havin' hot fun in the summertime with
Becky G.  Here's another charted single
and vid by Becky that's muy caliente.
Girls just wanna have fuh-un and
Becky G "Can't Stop Dancin'."

"Can't Stop Dancin'" - Becky G
(January 2015, highest chart position
#88 Hot 100/#20 US Hot Rap Songs
#10 US Monitor Latino)

In the fall of 2013, Becky G released the following
mind blowing, psychedelicized video in which she
asks the musical question, "R U built for this?"
I want my MTV...with lots and lotsa Becky G!

"Built For This" - Becky G
(Nov. 2013 video release)

I hope you enjoyed the music and dancing
of Becky G. Stick around for more exciting
Generation Y and Z poppers, rappers
and rockers coming soon in part 6!

Have a Shady day!


  1. Kathryn AndersonJuly 25, 2016 at 4:13 AM

    I never heard of Becky G-- but I like her. Given her age she certainly is bold and confident. Becky’s Latin heritage is revealed in her songs— Can’t Stop Dancing is a great example. Her videos take us to the heart of the city for a glimpse of what she and her friends do for fun and recreation.

    Some of Becky G’s songs are schizophrenic. Play It Again starts out as a rap song and evolves into a sweetly sung song with a pretty melody. The one with Pitbull is a winner— it has fire and a great beat. I can see why Shower was a hit— it’s catchy and fun. This Latina singer is great and should go far— thanks for introducing her!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for joining me as I kick off year nine with the Latin spiced recordings of rising pop rap star Becky G.

      Hailing from the Los Angeles community of Inglewood, Becky is already a veteran performer at age 19. As you pointed out, many of her songs are a blend of bold rapping and sweet pop singing. I think the idea is to establish street cred at the beginning before allowing the dance beat and melody to kick in and carry the song. The formula is successfully used by other artists in this series.

      If you watch Becky's videos closely you will see sponsor product placements targeting urban youth. The songs are indeed catchy and the videos nicely produced. I enjoyed Becky's 310 area code collaboration with Mr. Worldwide - 305 area code rapper Pitbull.

      As a recording artist Becky has racked up an impressive list of award wins and nominations and her list of TV and movie appearances is growing.

      Becky G impresses the heck out of me and I'm glad you like her, too. Thanks again for reading, watching and listening, Kathryn, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  2. Definitely not my style of music. Girls are cute though. I can see why they are popular.

    1. Alex -

      She might look a little different in every vid, but it's all the same artist - just one girl - Becky G. Sorry you no likey her style of music.

  3. Tom, I didn't recognize Becky G by name, but I do remember the song "Shower". However I thought Andrea Grande did it. Of all today's song featured, I by far prefer the soft quality of Becky G's voice in Can't Stop Dancin'. I don't care much for rap and like it even less when I hear a girl rap, but then that's just me. :) Thank you for the introduction and have a danctastic week!

    Mewsic Moves Me with #BoTB Results & new-to-me artist, Laura Veirs

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for coming to the Becky G rap party!

      If you can get past the brazen rapping at the beginning of some of Becky's songs you will find, somewhere around the one minute mark, pleasant melodies sung sweetly. I enjoy the "jarring juxtaposition." :) I'm pleased to know you recognize "Shower," Becky's biggest chart hit to date.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Cathy, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  4. Hi Shady!

    I'm not a fan of rap but she uses the cleanest language I've heard to date. If she sticks to singing I think she'll go far. Doesn't she have the most unique, endearing smile?
    Having always loved Latin music, I really liked "Can't stop dancing"
    Thanks for sharing another bit of something new, my friend. It's always a nice surprise :-)

    1. Hi, Diedre!

      Thank you very much for swinging by, dear friend! You're right. I have listened many Becky G recordings and she does keep it cleaner than Nicki Minaj and other rappers I could name. If you peel away the layers of rap toughness, you will, I think, find a sweet girl. I have learned to love Latin and Latin influenced music and the pop world has plenty of it. Even some of the Romanian artists I have been introducing make Latin styled recordings. I'm glad you like Becky's "Can't Stop Dancin'."

      Thank you again for your visit and excellent comment, dear friend Diedre!

  5. Cant get enough by Pitbull is my favorite. He sounds alike in all his songs but i like him. Its a fun song with good beat.
    She's a very cute girl and well rounded. Thanks for the intro.

    1. Hi, Holli!

      How are you, dear friend! Thank you so much for coming!

      I'm glad you enjoyed the collaboration between Becky G and Pitbull. You're right. Much of his work seems derivative but I get a kick out of him and enjoy his macho style.

      Becky is indeed a cute girl. Keep in mind that she has a good chance of establishing herself as an actress as well as a singer, so it will be interesting to see which path yields greater success for her.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Holli!

  6. She seems to be on the edge of stardom at 19.
    I hope she doesn't have a meltdown like so many other young singers/actresses have. She has the pretty look smile like Selena Gomez.
    Sorry rap is really not a favorite of mine and really don't like when young girls do it.

    Sounds like you are having a nice summer.
    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

    1. Hi, Gayle & thehamish!

      Thank you both for coming over!

      Yessum, here we have another beautiful pop singing Gomez girl and, as far as I know, they aren't related. I tend to doubt that Becky G will have a meltdown. The impression I get is that she is building a multifaceted career on solid footing.

      Rap is simply the calling card that gets the target audience to tune in. In the middle of many Becky G recordings you will find a sweet spot, a pretty melody that does not have the same brazen rap 'tude.

      I'm having a wonderful summer, Gayle, and I hope you are too. Stay cool out there in the desert. Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  7. Straight rap just ain't my thing, much like AJC above. So I'll just say, "Hey", and "Party on!"

    1. Hi, Chris!

      As I have been telling others who seem to have bailed out on Becky's vids a few seconds too soon, there are sweet, melodic songs in the middle of many of Becky G's rap recordings. You just need to be a bit more patient.

  8. She's a cutie with a great voice and much talent in the dancing arena! I've never heard of her but I'm thinking my Grandkiddos probably have. It's more their style of music. She infuses her Latin culture in her videos and it's good she goes by Becky G so not to be confused with Selena G...You know how to pick 'em Shady! Have a good week! Eddy came by yesterday for a visit and I'm happy to report he's doing great and taking it easy in our heat wave!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for joining the fun this week as I begin my 9th year of blogging with Latin pop-rap spitfire Becky G.

      To give you a little more background on my featured artist, Becky G lists as her influences Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez and Mexican singer and actress Thalia. Becky G and Selena Gomez began their singing careers around the same time, circa 2008-2009. As it is with many of today's pop stars, Becky G is multi-talented - a singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer and actress. Becky is not yet a household name like Selena Gomez or Demi Lovato, but she's getting there. I'm glad you agree with me that she's got the right stuff to make it in at least one facet of show business.

      Thank you for letting me know how Eddy is doing. You know that I love that pooch and think about him often. I'm sorry to learn that you are having a tropical heat wave up there. I saw that severe storms were sweeping across your region, too. Here in Florida it's that time of year when showers and t-storms are almost a daily occurrence and bring cooling relief for at least a short while.

      Thank you very much for your kind visit and generous comments, dear friend YaYa. I wish you and your family a wonderful week ahead!

  9. Becky D and me ... ya ... at the age of 16 I had MY midlife crisis as I was to be married off 2 Mr Ugly ... so I went and left ... haven't looked yet ... smiles ... ( I mean occasionally I have looked back in order 2 make sum, ehem! ... "adjustments") ... anyway ...smiles ... always love 2 visit with U in Ur awesome blog, Mr Shady ... Always, cat.

    1. Hi, dear cat!

      Thank you for taking a paws to come down and meet Becky G and listen to her mewsic. Your timing is purrfect. :)

      From the cryptic clues that I glean from your writing style, I have been able to piece together tales (tails?) of tough times. I am sorry you endured trials and tribulations. Blogging can be therapeutic. Your blog affords you a means of expressing it out. If the music, memories and humor you find here at SDMM lift your spirits then I am happy to help. You are always welcome here, cat.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  10. Becky G certainly is a talented young lady. Thanks for the introduction! I can appreciate her attributes, even though this isn't my favourite style of music. 'Can't Stop Dancing' was the best one, IMO and Pitbull is always fun to watch.

    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Thanks for dropping by to experience the singing style of Los Angeles pop-rapper Becky G.

      I'm happy you agree with me that Becky's got game. Pitbull always makes it fun, doesn't he? Becky's Latin influences abound in "Can't Stop Dancin'" and I'm happy to know you found a Pick To Click in that number.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Debbie!

  11. She is young, talented, energetic and knows different styles of singing and how to put it all together in one video. This isn't what I would listen to but I can so appreciate how strong her voice is and talent. I bet she could sing old standards and wow many people. I like Pitbull believe it or not because of his unique musical styling...bringing in Mexican/Spanish influences. Anyhow, she knows how to have fun and isn't all sex like many are to hide that they can't sing as well as they should. I found it interesting how the video had to showcase who was sponsoring her videos like Core and Revlon.....was it Revlon or Max Factor...oops...menopausal brain here.

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thank you for joining the fun and for leaving such a great comment!

      I'm glad you can see that Becky G has substance as well as style. You're right. She doesn't play the slut card in every video, choosing instead to present herself as a sweet, typical teenager enjoying city life and having fun with her friends.

      I'm happy to know you get a kick out of "Mr. Worldwide" - Pitbull. His macho area code 305 swag might not be everyone's taste but, if you listen to his message, his mission statement if you will, it is to bring people together all over the world, the idea being that if we are all singing, dancing, partying and having fun, there's no time for hate and war. Pitbull's philosophy matches mine and also matches the melting pot concept of the original Shady Dell where kids from the city, the suburbs, small towns and farms came together under one roof to forget about their problems, ignore their differences and have fun.

      Yessum, I notice sponsor product placements in Becky's videos. It's a painless way to get a slickly produced video produced to help promote a new artist and many if not most up-and-comers do it.

      Thank you again for your cheery visit and wonderful comment, dear friend BB!

  12. Built for This was a cool video for sure. I would've really dug it back in the day... :)
    This isn't my style of music but of all the songs here, I did like Can't Stop Dancin' and the one with Pitbull was not bad at all!

    You are definitely playing young at heart these days Shady! :)

    Hope you're having a good week...

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you for coming over to experience the look and sound of Becky G, one of the rising stars of pop-rap.

      "Built For This" is included in an edition of the rhythm game series Just Dance. I didn't know anything about this genre but, from what I read, rhythm games are music-themed action video games that challenge a player's sense of rhythm. The series is developed and published by Ubisoft in Paris, France. There are also Japanese versions of Just Dance. That might help explain the bizarre robots and menacing creatures in Becky's video which also reminds me of the old "I Want My MTV" ads and Dire Straits' video for "Money For Nothing."

      "Can't Get Enough" and "Can't Stop Dancin'" seem to be garnering most o the imaginary votes in this post.

      Yessum, I am young at heart and going on the record with the music that is inspiring me at this stage of the game. Next year at this time it might be bluegrass. I never know where my ears will lead me or when the rudder will turn but I kinda like it that way.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Michele!

  13. Will always return 2 ur blog 4 inspiration ... see U never published my last comment ... dat okay ... smiles ... so ... me follow in silence and from da side lines then ... dat okay ... smiles ... Love, cat ... dat ok really ... smiles.

    1. Hi, cat!

      Dear friend, all comments get published automatically because the blog is not moderated. Your latest comment is there. Just scroll up through the comments section and you will find it along with my reply. I always reply to comments, especially nice ones from sweet friends like you! :)

      Thanks for stopping by again today, dear friend cat! :)

  14. I wonder if Becky G is related to Kenny G. They have the same last name.
    It seems with her music, I either really like it, or really dislike it. I don't want to say hate, because that's too strong a word I think.
    The first song, 'Break a Sweat' I really enjoyed. But I probably would not be playing, 'Play It Again' Sam, any time soon. (See what I did there)?
    Shower I have actually heard on the radio and I really like that one as well. Even the final song, 'Built For This', was worth the listen. The others, sorry, I just wasn't keen on. But I'm glad to have found a few new songs to keep in my 'listen' list.

    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      You wrote:

      << I wonder if Becky G is related to Kenny G. They have the same last name. >>

      Good one! :) Not only do they have the same last name, they both sing in the shower. :) Shady's humor must be rubbing off on you, good buddy, and I'm enjoying it.

      I'm surprised you liked the "bookends" of this post - Becky's bolder, nastier rap songs - more than you liked her relatively innocent songs. That's AOK, at least you found a tune or two to your liking, plus you had some fun while you were here. Fun? Shucks, I can tell that you had the time of your life. :)

      Thank you very much for your visit and comments, good buddy Jeffrey, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  15. My goodness, what a talented and versatile young lady. I suddenly feel very, very old.... sigh

    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      How are you this weekend, dear friend?

      Thank you for stopping by to experience Becky G, the precocious pop rapper from a.c. 310. I'm thrilled to know you appreciate this teenager's talent and poise. I think she's got the right stuff to go far.

      Thanks again for dropping in and for your kind comment, dear friend Kathleen!

  16. Becky G is a very talented pop diva. I'm surprised I've never heard of her -especially the song she collaborated with Pitbull, that's "HUGE"! LOL!

    Her songs sound a lot like Demi Lovato or Selena Gomez and her rap reminds me of Nicki Minaj and lil Kim! I'll know she "made it" when I start spinning to her songs, LOL.

    I enjoy listening to new talent and I enjoyed the post, Shady!

    1. Hi, Toni!

      Thank you very much for swinging over for my tribute to Becky G.

      I'm a little surprised you never heard of Becky because she's been making a dent in the pop, dance and Latin charts for the last six years. I agree that she sounds like and shows as much promise and potential as Demi, Selena, Nicki and Kim. I predict it won't be long before you are spinning to her records at the gym. You will also see Becky on the big screen if you take your grandchildren to see Mighty Morphin Power Rangers next spring. She plays the Yellow Ranger.

      I'm delighted that you enjoyed the songs and raps of Becky G, dear friend Toni. Thanks again for coming by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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