«I don’t aspire to get anywhere because I don’t want to be a recognized artist and say ‘ah, I’m stuck there at the top’.»
Milagros Bustamante’s alias emerged after “being a larva” so much, that’s what a friend told her, and she identified with the MC because within the hip hop culture she was interested in composing and writing. So let’s go with Larva MC.
«I use it freestyle, I use it as a tool all the time. What’s more, if there is a free round with the kids I get on and do freestyle. But from there to competing it never caught my attention. I always liked making music more. I like to write, listen to myself and record, and say to this topic I am going to upload it. I prefer a thousand times to lock myself in a booth and move what I wrote on a sheet of paper.»
I ran into Larva at the place where she works doing piercings. Although she first introduced herself and clarified that the piercing is just work: rap is what she likes to dedicate herself to and that is precisely why she is not interested in producing to monetize it, better to let it flow. She also told that she was born in 1997, in Santa Rosa, La Pampa, and that in the city she is the largest of the girls who make rap, which are few.
«It is difficult for me to sit down and talk about something that I neither did nor felt capable of, it costs me a lot. Inspiration when it comes I try to take advantage of it as much as I can. I’m interested in talking about what happens to me, what I see, what I live. I am not fattening the pod to say I make up a story of such a person who did such a thing because not. I’m in a monotony with myself all the time in the lyrics.»
She goes on to say that she started listening to rap at the age of fifteen, when she met a friend in high school, whom she attributes to being a rapper for having introduced her to the genre. She thanks Ivo Mansilla. Then the move continues in her group of friends.
«Free night, they went, they came, the round came to me, it stuck there, I didn’t say anything. Until one night they started ‘go ahead, Mili, start rapping’ I don’t know what else. First I started to write and then to free with the boys, one thing led to another and when I wanted to agree I recorded my first song. After that, I couldn’t stop it because rap is a very necessary tool in my life: it gives me the security that I didn’t have before.»
On the musical genre, it begins with the alias we know as DJ Kool Herc and belongs to Calvin Campbell. A Selector who in the late ’60s moved from Jamaica to the South Bronx, and who drew a very good crowd at his parties. There he began to notice that every time the break of a song sounded, a cooler wave was created among those who danced. And playing those looped breaks he founded hip hop, with the songs that he usually chose from James Brown.
«As in any culture, men come first. There is no culture where the girls do not want to get off. The same thing happens in hip hop. Sometimes we girls are afraid to show ourselves because men are the first to judge that you do it wrong.»
The origin was DJ, but from there they began to accompany the other three branches that make up the movement: graffiti, break dance and rap. Among all that movement, in 1976 the first group made up entirely of women, The Mercedes Ladies, emerged. And from that moment on the number of women in rap is huge.
«In Santa Rosa there are few of us who represent hip hop. The first thing they do when you say I’m a rapper is ‘let’s see, shoot something’, as if you had to show what you really like, as if you didn’t feel it.»
The development of this culture has as a component the denunciation against racial, gender and class oppression of ethnic minorities in the United States. This is how this load of social criticism was adapting to the struggles of each place where hip hop began to manifest itself.
In Argentina, the genre began to manifest itself in the mid 1980, in the Buenos Aires suburbs. And in 1990 groups like Actitud María Marta achieved national recognition. Even the rhymes and phrases of this band were in charge of making visible the protests of the time, with a clear characteristic in their songs: the fusion with South American rhythms.
«You find rap where you least expect it, listening to a song that crossed your mind on YouTube, on the radio. We try to find a place among all of us and give room to whoever we can.»
This interview was made in March 2020