Her real name is Vilana Santiago Pacheco, but people know her by her stage name, Vilano Antillano. She is an urban music artist who is shattering heteronormative values through her music and changing the face of the male-dominated rap industry forever.
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There is little doubt that Villano Antillano is a pioneer. She is a queer disruptor of the Puerto Rican urban genre, born in Bayamon. And she’s upending social conventions on the island.
Villano emerged in the public consciousness as she reacted to Boricua’s urban artist Anuel, lashing out at him and other male rap artists who criticized Villano on the single “Pato Hasta La Muerte”. It was when (I’m gay until I die.)
She hasn’t looked back since.
Villano, who cites Panamanian artist Ruben Blades as one of her main influences, is quickly becoming a global sensation by becoming the first trans woman to reach number 50 on Spotify in 2022.
Today, she is a strong voice for LGBTQ+. She uses her innovative stage presence, lyrics and fierce beauty to combat misogyny and gender discrimination.
Villain Antilles Movement for Freedom
In a recent Pride Month interview for Vogue Mexico, the 28-year-old Villano opened up about his trajectory, what he stands for, and how he’s dealt with his transition.
“Freedom is against us,” Villano explained the meaning of his stage name.
“There is no system that allows you to live truly freely or follow, act, and decide how you want to live,” she said. “People around me have spent their entire lives trying to thwart the transition, so I always knew the transition would be an enemy.”
“Even the people you believe will love you the most and will always support you are the first to dissuade you. They know the world was made to destroy us and that scares them,” she said.
Villano spoke candidly about his transition on the religious island of Puerto Rico.
“It was very hard. Some things are impossible,” she said of her transition. “It wasn’t until I turned 25 that I said it all. It just wasn’t safe.”
“Early in my life, I knew. increase.
“I’ve known him since I was five or six,” she said. “I went to bed at night and said, ‘Papa Dios, when I wake up in the morning I want to be a girl.'”
Mr. Villano knew that people would not take this as normal. She lived in a hostile environment that still exists in the world today.
“At the time, it was my microenvironment, Puerto Rico. It was where I lived and survived,” she said. “I lived under the guidance of my parents, who didn’t understand me, but they didn’t have the means to raise a trans girl.”
“I think in life you have to be creative with how you hide it or let it out,” she said. “Unfortunately, I took my time because I tried so hard to get on the other side, but it just wasn’t me.”
“It’s a responsibility, but we try not to,” she said. “From my personal experience, at the end of the day, I’m just a girl who makes music and is good at what she does, and that’s it.”
She knows that when fans connect with her, it’s not the same as connecting with cisheteros artists.
She may call herself Vilana, but she is not an evil character in this story. Like it or not, she is an artist who has broken down barriers and changed the face of an industry that would have rejected her just a few years ago.
Mr Villano said: “I’m not a role model. I’m a villain.” May she reign long.
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