Biography / Biographie
most people think of long nails and a sexy wardrobe when it
comes to la diva, Ivy Queen, the truth is there is much more
to this Queen of Reggaeton. Being in a genre dominated by
males, it wasn't easy for her to get to where she is today.
Now she is recognized as much more than just another pretty
face trying to flow. La Caballota has worked hard to overcome
many personal and artistic conflicts. She has definitely transformed
into the most popular and widely revered female figure in
Ivelisse Pesanta, a.k.a Ivy queen was born March 4 1972 in
Añasco, Puerto Rico. When she was very young, her parents
moved to New York where she was raised. In to her late teens
the family moved back to Añasco, where Ivy finished
high school. By that time she had grown to love the underground
movement of Spanish hip-hop, and had written and performed
her own songs. When she was 18 La Queen moved to San Juan
to pursue her musical career.
San Juan Ivy met Dj Joe and began taking part in many underground
productions. She starts performing in the club "The Noise"
where she made sure here voice was heard amidst a crowd of
critics and ‘haters’. As a result of her bull
dog tenacity, she was asked to be a part of Dj Negro's group
The Noise, and was the first woman to ever do so. She made
her debut in "The Noise 5" with Somos Raperos Pero
no Delincuentes, which she wrote and preformed. She gained
public attention quickly, and had everyone thinking "who
is that girl with that voice?" The Noise gained much
attention due to their violent and explicitly sexual lyrics,
and sold more than 500,000 copies. Wanting to get away from
the controversy, Ivy decided to go solo in 1996, with the
help of Dj Negro. “ En Mi Imperio” was released
in 1997 with hits like Como Mujer, selling more than 100,000
copies. As a result La Queen won 1997's "Peoples Favorite
Rapper" awarded by Artista magazine. This first album
differentiated the queen from the rest of reggaeton’s
female artists, and came as a breath of fresh air at a time
when female artist like LISA-M and Francesca were declining.
to the success of the album in 1998 Sony took her under their
wing to launch The Original Rude Girl. This second album featured
artists like Don Chezina, Alex D'Castro, Domingo Quiñones
and Wyclef Jean. The whole feature with Wyclef was actually
pure coincidence when Ivy attended Wyclef's concert in Puerto
Rico. Just like something out of the Tina Turner movie, Wyclef’s
invitation for fans to come up on stage if they thought they
could flow was more like a dare. With encouragement from friends
she gained the courage to step up on stage and do her thing.
Needless to say her ability amazed Wyclef enough that later
they collaborated on a track in the studio.
to the success of her album, Ivy Queen established herself
as the Reggaeton Queen, and increased her fan base in Dominican
Republic, Panama, Honduras and Latin America. In 2002 she
made special appearances in “Kilates”, “The
Majestic”, “Boricuas NY” and Dj Nelson's
“The Flow”. Then finally in 2003 she releases
her third most anticipated album “Diva”. Artists
like Mexicano, k-7, Bimbo, Gran Omar, and a few Japanese artists
collaborated with her on this project. Due to the great success
of Diva in January 2004 Ivy released “Diva Platinum
Edition” as well as” Ivy Queen the Original Rude
Girl” DVD, the later which included her history, lyrics,
videos and life on the road.
album “Diva” boosted her career even more with
songs like Guillaera and the powerful feminine anthem Tuya
Soy. In ivy's latest album “Real” there are powerful
collaborations with Hector "El Bambino", Fat Joe,
Micky Perfecto, La India and of course Gran Omar her life-time
partner. The success of this album has a lot to do with the
quality of producers that were included: Rafy Mercenario,
Ecko, Dj Nelson, Noriega, Swizz Beats, Diesel and Dj Blass.
The intro of the album shows us a humble and grateful Queen
who has nothing but love for her fans. On her album cover
fans can read, "Hombres si otro año mas en que
voy a demostrar que mi talento es pa' matar, gracias a la
gente que siempre me apoyado, gracias a Dios y gracias a todos
mis soldados. Al que no creia que esto iba pa'l frente se
ha encontrado ahora con una mujer dement. A mi fanatico Dios
lo bendiga esta es otra mas de parte de la Diva." This
latest album is a blend of caribbean beats, crazy up-tempo
beats, acoustics, and sensual R&B rhythms, topped of with
La Queen’s powerful lyrics.
her fan base grows rapidly, nothing but success lies ahead
for the Reggaeton Queen. She is already working on create
her own clothing line, inspired on her unique style of course.
Due to her popularity in Colombia they've made a Barbie doll
that will bare her name and style. La Caballota has also collaborated
with long time friend VICO-C on his new album “Desahogo”.
As far as this year goes, she's already been seen all over
the media, with appearances in "Premios Juventud",
"Don Francisco Presenta", "Sabado Gigante"
and "Cristina." Her music has gained international
notoriety. Currently she is touring promoting her latest album
and working on her new project “Kosa Nostra” along
with Gran Omar.
the rapid growth of reggaeton industry Ivy Queen is now reaping
the benefits of 11 years worth of hard work. Now that reggaeton
is "in" many female rappers have been jumping on
the bandwagon. However, Ivy Queen's intense flow and defense
for women's rights will prove to future generations that she
will remain the reigning queen for years to come.