Ivy Queen, Plan B, Alexis y Fido - Latino 96.3 Spring Break Bash - 4/14/2012
As hard as Raq C and Eddie One rocked the place, this was Ivy Queen's night. In a leather tutu onesie and magenta wig that made Lady Gaga look like a troll by comparison, she pranced and hair-whipped her way through street bangers like "Te he querido, te he llorado" and "La vida es así." Yet somehow, as if unaware of how fabulous she was, the Queen acted shocked at her encore -- placing one hand over her heart and shedding what looked like an actual tear. (Raq C did warn the crowd beforehand: "She's super humble. She answers you on Twitter!")
Most importantly, Ivy Queen is a woman. In fact, she's the only woman in reggaeton -- yet she can dembow harder than any lady-killer on FM radio. Who cares about the rumors she's transgender? With the buildup of mascara and stiletto in the Gibson that night, gender lines were pretty blurred all around.
1. Completely out-of-nowhere tribute to Snoop Dogg and Tupac.
We can only assume this had something to do with the hologram stunt being pulled a couple hours east at Coachella. But when the 96.3 house DJ started playing "California Love" over a montage of polaroids of Tupac's tattoos -- and Ivy Queen threw up a "Westside" symbol in solidarity -- the strange mish-mash of Latin American and L.A. pride became almost too joyous to bear.
Personal Bias: I'm obsessed with reggaeton.
The Crowd: You know those stores in the mall that sell even cheaper girls-night-out clothes than Forever 21, with names like "Rave" and "Fashion Star"? Where you can't take a shirt off the hanger without 15 sequins fluttering to the floor? Now we know why they're still in business.
Random Notebook Dump: "Raq C just gave a shoutout to 'the only Asian girl in the crowd.' Crickets."