She may have just rocked Copa América Centenario with Pitbull, but she's still Becky From The Block.
And even as her star rises, there are some things keeping Becky G (née
Rebecca Gomez) — the Mexican-American rapper and Mighty Morphin' Power Ranger who rose to acclaim with earworm singles like Shower and Break A Sweat — grounded.
The holidays are among those things.
This July 4th, you can expect to find the California native at a family BBQ, crowded by a host of uncles, aunts and cousins, enjoying her mother's cooking under a fusillade of fireworks.
Ahead of the festivities, we chatted with the breakout entertainer, who candidly spoke about the significance of Independence Day, particularly in the wake of the 2016 presidential race. "It’s about celebrating our freedom in this beautiful land that we have, and I think this year in particular, it’s kind of a special Fourth of July, because we don’t know what’s going to happen politically," Gomez says. "It’s scary so there’s a new perspective for me as a young adult celebrating."
Last June, Gomez offered some perspective to presumptive GOP nominee
Donald Trump, dedicating her song,We Are Mexico, to him in response to anti-immigration remarks made during his presidential candidacy announcement.
"I don't believe in fighting fire with fire," the Sola artist explained in our chat. "All I was simply doing with that song was sharing the story of my family and our version of the American Dream. You know, my grandparents literally being brave enough to come to another country, not knowing the language, literally with the shirts on (their) back, simply to give their family a better life. And I think that's beautiful and that’s not just the story of Latinos. That’s the story of so many people coming to this land that's supposed to be the land of opportunity, the land to change your life."