Mary Lisa (Marlisa) Marrero Vázquez (born January 17, 1974) better known by her stage name Lisa M, is a Puerto Rican rapper, singer, composer, dancer, record producer, and global DJ. She is known as the first female rapper artist to debut in Latin America.[1][2][3] In 2019, Billboard identified her as one of the leading women performers in the Latin urban genre, along with Glory, Ivy Queen, Natti Natasha, and Karol G.[4]

Lisa M
Birth nameMary Lisa Marrero Vázquez
Born (1974-01-17) January 17, 1974 (age 49)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • record producer
  • DJ
Years active1988–present
Website at the Wayback Machine (archived November 24, 2015)

Early life edit

Mary Lisa Marrero Vázquez was born on January 17, 1974, from a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father in Puerta de Tierra, a neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.[5] She started hip-hop dancing at the age of 11 years old, going on to work later as a dancer for the rap artist Vico C.[1][6]

Career edit

Trampa and No Lo Derrumbes edit

Lisa M recorded her first album Trampa in 1989 at the age of 15 with the record label Prime Records. The first song she recorded for this album was "La Segunda Cita" (with Puerto Rican rap pioneer Vico C), which was the starting point to her successful career making her the first female Spanish-language rapper in Puerto Rico and Latin America. She grew more and more popular becoming successful for her interpretative strength, diversity, skills, and the sensuality of her performance. In a short time, she captivated her audiences in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the United States. The success of this album led to her first gold record.

Lisa M recorded her second album in 1990 titled No Lo Derrumbes which obtained platinum status, with over 100,000 copies sold in Puerto Rico and the United States. This album included the hits "No Lo Derrumbes," "Tu Pum-Pum," "Menéalo," "Ja-Rican Jive feat. Pesos," "Cuerpo y Alma," and "Rico en Amor." The album was produced by Miguel Correa, Jorge Oquendo (Prime Records), DJ Playero, Baron Lopez, and Eduardo Reyes. All of the songs were written by Vico C and Lisa M.

Sony Music edit

In 1991, Lisa M signed to the multinational record label Sony Music, and launched her third album titled Flavor of the Latin which had overwhelming success in Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America acquiring a platinum record. She sold out tours in Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Panama, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, and the United States, in which she performed concerts sharing and collaborating with celebrities like Celia Cruz, Juan Gabriel, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Selena, and Tito Puente. The greatest hits of this album, "Tiempo De Amar," "Everybody Dancing Now," "Ingrato," and "Flavor of the Latin," won her an award for Best International Artist in TVyNovelas and at the Premios Lo Nuestro.

Her fourth album, Ahora Vengo Alborotá, came out in 1992 adding to Lisa M's platinum status career.

In 1996, Lisa M released her fifth album titled Soy Atrevida, which was equally successful. She went on to release her sixth album Y Sobreviví in 1998, working with artists such as Ricky Martin and La India. Given her success, she has been awarded gold and platinum for sales in the United States.

In 2001 she launched her calendar Lisa M 2001. She also hosted the internationally known Jamz mun2 TV show program on Telemundo, which achieved international ratings, opening the doors for reggaeton and urban music artists in the United States and Latin America.

Respect edit

In 2005, White Lion Records, recognized as one of the best labels of the urban genre at that time, signed Lisa M to her album titled Respect. The album includes the songs "Fuego," "Hey, Ladies," "Quítate," and "Encendío." It was a collaboration with Moncho Rivera. "Quítate" was produced by Taino, while "Hey, Ladies" was part of the soundtrack of the 2007 movie Feel the Noise produced by Jennifer Lopez, starring Omarion Grandberry, Giancarlo Esposito, and Melonie Diaz.[7] In 2008, Sony BMG launched Respect Delux which is a compilation of premixed hits, and a duet with La India, a well-known international salsa star known by her fans as "La Princesa De La Salsa."

Lisa M DJ edit

In 2005, Lisa M expanded her presence in the music industry as rap artist, record producer, and dancer, by working as a professional DJ, known as "DJ Miss M," focusing on electronic music. Lisa M launched her career as a DJ in Miami playing after hours marathon sessions.

As a DJ, she has performed at clubs and events in cities like Miami, Detroit, New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Granada, and Barcelona, and locations such as Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Spain, Greece, Monaco, Morocco, Sweden, and Ibiza, mixing a variety of musical styles including House, Techno, Tech house, Tribal Tech and Deep house. Lisa M is the first female Latin artist to become an International Celebrity DJ.[citation needed]

In 2007 and 2008 her agenda was booked as she made appearances in various clubs and also at the Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach. In 2009 she started Couture Sound, the name for the label in which she recorded sessions, produced, and remixed for many artists, compilations, and other labels.[citation needed]

In 2010, Lisa M visited Barcelona to expand her music. She played in various clubs including Club Pacha. Later that year she returned to Miami to perform at the WMC (Winter Music Conference) 2010 and participated in important venues like the hotel pool party Shelbourne, Nikki Beach, Discoteka, and Nocturnal. When she completed her agenda in Miami, she went back to Spain in the summer, signing a contract with one of the most important Event Companies in Europe, Cafe Ole, positioning her as an important celebrity DJ in clubs all over Europe, such as Club Discothèque and Space Ibiza. Lisa M also worked with famous DJs such as David Guetta, Carl Cox, Wally Lopez, David Vendetta, Matt Caseli, Marco Carola, Steve Lawler, Loco Dice, and Oscar G. She also made an appearance at one of the most important live radio shows of Ibiza, Ibiza Global Radio, alongside David Moreno and Tony Moreno, and also worked with DJ Chus and David Penn on the song "Libres Para Siempre."[citation needed]

In 2016, Lisa M returned to the recording studios to record her first single titled "La Calle Se Puso Pa Mi" under her own record label VBW inc. She recorded "Tentándote" in 2017. In 2018 she recorded "Malas Palabras" featuring Ñengo Flow, one of the most influential rappers in the urban genre.[6]

Lisa M has become a leading female DJ in the electronic music scene with a unique style of Super Tech Tribal Techno influenced by the sound and style of her favorite DJs Luciano and his label Cadenza, Technasia, Loco Dice, Carl Cox, and Nicole Moudaber.

2023 Controversy edit

Lack of recognition of Lisa M's pioneering status among women rappers in Spanish language created controversy in 2023 after the Premios Lo Nuestro Awards recognized Ivy Queen as a pioneering female rap artist.[8] Comments by Dayanara Torres were interpreted as suggesting that Ivy Queen was the first artist of her kind, slighting Lisa M's contributions.[8]

Personal life edit

Lisa M came out as a lesbian on Facebook on April 19, 2010.[9][10][11] She married the Puerto Rican ex-model Marisol Díaz in May 2015.[12]

Discography edit

Albums edit

Year Album details Label
1989 Trampa Prime Records
1990 No Lo Derrumbes Prime Records
1991 Flavor of the Latin Sony Discos Inc.
1992 Ahora Vengo Alborotá... Sony Discos Inc.
1996 Soy Atrevida Right Touch
1999 Y Sobreviví Sony Discos
2006 Respect White Lion/Sony Music

Charted singles edit

Year Title Billboard




1992 Everybody Dancing Now Flavor Of The Latin
1993 Subeme El Radio
Ahora Vengo Alborota...

Other songs edit

Year Album Song(s) featured
1991 Meren Rap Cutout Compilation "Tu Pum Pum"
1991 Dance Hall Reggae Español "Ja Rican Jive"
1994 Playero 36 "Bailo y Salto"
1994 Playero 37 "A Todo El Barrio"
1997 DJ Stefano "Retirarte"
2002 La Vieja Guardia The Oldschool "La Segunda Cita"
2002 La Familia Above All "Hombre Completo feat. Las Chiviricas"
2003 NYC Sex "Come To My Party"
2005 Tony Touch The Reggaetony Album "Toca-Me-La"
2005 Adassa Kamasutra "Ya No Soy Tu Mujer"
2005 Eliel Presenta – Monster Reggaeton CD "That Is The Flow"
2016 Single La Calle Se Puso Pa Mi "La Calle Se Puso Pa Mi"
2017 Single Tentandote "Tentandote"
2017 Remix La Calla Se Puso Pa Mi "La Calle Se Puso Pa Mi feat. Bimbo"
2018 Single Malas Palabras "Malas Palabras"
2018 Malas Palabras "Malas Palabras feat. Ñengo Flow"
2019 Single "Es El Amor"
2019 Single "Animal"
2019 Single "Boricuada"

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b Barceló Jimenez, Josefina (2018-03-28). "Regresa Lisa M para romper con todo".
  2. ^ La Fountain-Stokes, Lawrence. (2023) "Lisa M, 'La primera rapera mujer de Puerto Rico y de Latinoamérica', and Early 1990s Feminist Puerto Rican Hip-Hop Culture." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 32:1, 133–155. doi:10.1080/13569325.2023.2197549
  3. ^ Rivera, Raquel Z. "Entrevista: Lisa M." Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 5.2 (Spring 1992-93): 30-51.
  4. ^ Fernandez, Suzette. "Ivy Queen, Natti Natasha & Karol G: The Evolution of Female Singers in the Latin Urban Genre." Billboard, 30 July 2019. Retrieved 2023-07-04.
  5. ^ Hernández Suárez, Bibiana. "Biografía de Lisa M". Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  6. ^ a b c d Escribano Carrasquillo, Rosa (2018-10-02). "Lisa M llega más atrevida". Primera Hora. Retrieved 2023-07-04.
  7. ^ IMDb. "Feel the Noise Soundtrack".
  8. ^ a b "Lisa M sobre premio a Ivy Queen: “Ya basta de esa señora seguir tratando de tomar un sitial que no le pertenece.'" El Nuevo Día, 27 February 2023. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  9. ^ Duque, Andrés. "Puerto Rican Singer Lisa M. Comes Out as a Lesbian." Blabbleando 23 April 2010. Retireved 25 April 2010.
  10. ^ "La rapera Lisa M confiesa que es lesbiana." Archived 2011-08-28 at the Wayback Machine People en Español 23 April 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  11. ^ Brugueras, Melba. "Lisa M revela que es lesbiana." Primera Hora, 22 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  12. ^ Santiago, Liz Sandra. "Lisa M regresa felizmente casada." Primera Hora, 13 January 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  13. ^ "Lisa M Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-06-28.[dead link]