Saucy Santana talks musical versatility, queer representation, and pop star goals

‘Everybody loves Saucy Santana’
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With undeniable talent and charisma, Saucy Santana is a Pop star in the making.

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The “Walk” rapper describes his artistry as fun, authentic, vibrant, and without limitations. “Right now I wanna be a Pop star,” Santana tells Ryan Mitchell for Audacy. “Initially I wanted to come into Rap and music and not be caged or stuck in a box–and I’m not. I’ve been able to navigate across the board to men, women, kids, Black, White, Arabic, Puerto Rican, polka dot. Everybody loves Saucy Santana.”

Newly signed to RCA Records, the formerly independent artist decided to work with a major label that believed in his vision. Having already established himself in the Hip Hop space, Santana plans on venturing into EDM, Rock, R&B, Pop and even vogue music. Ultimately, becoming the blueprint of a queer artist in mainstream.

“I really want us [queer community] to have our own category at award shows. Like, how you have the VMAs, GRAMMYs, BET Awards. I really want it to be like a best new LGBTQ artist, best new LGBTQ collab. I want LGBTQ to have their own group,” Santana expressed. In his first music video for his viral hit “Walk Em Like A Dog,” he was intentional about including the LGBTQ+ community, specifically gay and trans people, in his visuals. Furthermore, Santana has embraced being an LGBTQ rapper in today’s world. “...coming from being gay, fat, and feminine… darkskin. I love that for me and I love that for us.”

The “Material Girl" rapper also has more catchy, bar-heavy tracks on the way. His latest release “Booty," with fellow rapper and friend Latto is just a snippet of his full length project – which he promises will showcase his authentic rapping skills. Besides narrowing down the tracklist and features, Santana says he already has his next hit, an unreleased song titled “I Feel Good.”

“I got plenty of songs, 20, 30 songs. You just keep recording until you’re like ‘this it.’”

From performing at NYC pride with Madonna, to an anticipated collaboration with Lil Nas X, to touring with Lizzo very soon, Santana is taking in every moment. “I just try to stay ready,” he expressed, referring to his newfound success. “I’m anxious, I’m excited. I’m so busy and everything is happening so fast that I don’t even have time to digest it.”

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