The voice of her generation.
If you lived in a volatile country where being a woman is deemed dangerous and your life isn’t valued greatly, what would you do? That’s exactly what’s going on in Guatemala, where more than 1,000 women have been murdered within the last two years. And 98 percent of those femicides have gone unsolved. Well, Rebecca Lane is fed up and is taking a stand, through music. The Guatemalan rapper is known as the voice of her generation of the Guatemalan people. She’s fighting to sway her country’s views different issues with her social-conscious lyrics.
A self-proclaimed feminist, Rebecca Lane is often described as angry by those who have heard her music. But she sees it differently. She raps about justice for her people, everyday victims of violence and the right to be free and love who you want.
Fighting For Justice
She fights to put an end to violence in her country and the discrimination she and fellow Guatemalans endure. If you search her name on Instagram, you’ll see that many fans call her the voice of her generation. In an interview, she talks about how hard it is living in a volatile society.
“It’s really hard to be a woman in Latin America, but in Guatemala we have this heritage from the violence of war. A lot of the social violence that we are living now is a consequence of the violence that the army implemented in society during the war, especially on women.”
Because she’s so deeply rooted in her country, Rebecca is making a point of being the voice for little girls and young women like her. She empowers them through song, speaking directly to them as if she were speaking to her younger self.
“These things that I used to write about in my room, trying to cheer myself up, are now helping other people feel better about themselves,” she said.
Her most famous song, “Mujer Lunar,” has a heavy influence on women in Guatemala City. Whenever she performs it, hundreds of women sing along together. “Whenever the chorus starts, I just hand out the microphone because it’s their song, it’s our song. It’s really powerful,” she said.