Peruvian who respects himself. Thanks to his talent, perseverance and perseverance, Maricielo Arrieta Sotelo He has earned a place in the world of freestyle (rap and improvisation) and a few weeks ago he competed in the Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos Peru. She did not make it to the final, but her presence was of great relevance, because after four years the female participation returned to this competition.
This 24-year-old girl met this musical style in her neighborhood of San Juan de Lurigancho, since at the height of the 14 block of Wiesse avenue the RapStyle collective got together to rap and improvise. Now Maricielo is part of Team Peru (Jaze, Nekroos and Jota), a group that is representing the country in the God Level Slam, an international competition that is based in Mexico and will have several battles on different dates and cities in that country. The next battle will take place on Sunday, October 17, in the city of Hermosillo. Trome talked to her and this is her story.
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Maricielo, what motivated you to practice freestyle?
I’ve always liked rap, but I didn’t know freestyle. I remember that a friend asked me to be a judge in a battle of the roosters, it caught my attention because I thought it was an animal fight (laughs). I was wrong, it wasn’t that. I found it interesting how they rapped and rhymed the lyrics.
So, you started with your first battles …
Yes, right in my neighborhood (San Juan de Lurigancho) the RapStyle collective practiced at the 14 block of Wiesse Avenue. I started to hang out with them, but first I went to an internet booth to find more information about freestyle and the battle of the roosters in Peru. I really liked that and, without thinking about it, I’ve been practicing it for six years.
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There are more males in this world …
Yes, but there are also women. In 2015 I saw a video of a battle that Sky (female freestyler) had in 2011. That inspired me a lot. And now in the last Red Bull Battles we women return to the competition. There were two of us, Sumeria and me.
Improvisation is not easy, do you have to practice a lot?
It is practiced so that your brain speeds up and thinks fast. But this doesn’t mean rapping 24/7. We must read to enrich our vocabulary so that ideas flow at the time of battle.
Did you feel discrimination for being a woman?
It has been complicated because sometimes men take hold of the gender and, in the middle of a battle, they tell you, for example, to go to the kitchen. But this is part of the resources they use to improvise and win. It does not affect me, I want to live on this and I will give everything of me to achieve it.
What did it feel like to participate in this battle of the roosters?
A lot of emotion, but also nerves and I think these beat me a bit. I still had a great time and it is an experience that will add to my resume.
Battles with your partner (the freestyler Stick)?
Many times we have struggled by way of practice. He is now the three-time champion of Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos Peru and I am very proud of him.
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