“I'm a huge believer in what comes from the heart reaches the heart,” Chiquis tells Apple Music. “Whatever it is that I do, I want to empower people.” The themes that thread throughout Diamantes are ones that have appeared throughout her discography, with relatable lyrics amplified by a signature delivery that compels and inspires her listeners. It takes the form of an eclectic genre journey, with a familiar and faithful guide there every step of the way. “I want to take you through a rollercoaster of healthy emotions,” she says. “We might cry a little bit, then we're going to get back up.” Whether belting out corridos or motivating the dance floor, the artist born Janney Rivera makes her sixth studio album as impactful as anything in her catalog. To her, doing anything other than being authentic in her music would be simply unthinkable: “This is my superpower and I have to use it.” Read on to learn more about some of the songs on Diamantes—in Chiquis’ own words. “De Lo Que Me Salvé” “it was so different from ‘Diamante,’ the first single. This song is very soulful. I'm very proud of how my voice has grown. It’s something where I can definitely say I've been through this. I know people are going to understand. I'm sure we all have exes like, here's a finger in the air. Te perdiste. You want that song where they can sing back.” “FUERTE” “It's a symphony, this song. Carla Morrison sent it and she says, 'I feel it in my heart; this song is for you.' It was an honor. I cried in the studio recording it, because I can definitely identify with the song in so many different areas of my life, not just love. I want you to listen to it and actually feel every single word and feel my voice.” “Diamante” “This was the last song that we wrote and added to the album—which is crazy. When I started recording this album and was trying to figure out what direction I wanted to take, I listened to over 200 songs. I was just so focused on the message that I was like, wait a second, we're almost done with the album, and I don't have a song that's called ‘Diamante.’ I wanted it to be strong and empowering, and because women aren't supposed to record corridos, it's not very ladylike. Well, I'm a lady and I'm a woman with big ovarios. I wanted to show in this song that I've been through a lot, and to be able to inspire again.” “Sexy Girl” “I am so happy with this, because it is an interlude, but I'm rapping, and I think we all have a little hood in us. I definitely do. I was born and raised in Compton, in Long Beach. I have a lot of influences of rappers and I love it—female rappers, male rappers. It's very, very, very Janney, so I was like, let’s combine Janney and Chiquis in one. And that's what we got.” “Puro Pinche Pari (PPP)” “I think it just stands on its own. It's Chiquis for the world. It doesn't matter where you're from, you're going to understand what 'arriba, abajo, al centro, pa'dentro' means. I wanted, of course, to have real instruments—banda instruments—but with that electronic beat. It's that summer jam that everyone needs in their life, that they're going to listen to for years and years to come. It's just a fun song.” “Hazme Un Paro” “If you're a female or a male, you just hear those instruments and you're just like, 'I need a little shot of tequila right now, whether I'm going through it or not.' At the end of the day, that type of song is very soulful, it's very música mexicana with a little bit of Chiquis flair on it. Before, I was a little bit more anal, for the lack of a better word, as to how exactly things would go on the set list, but I was going more based on the feeling. That’s how we have ‘Hazme Un Paro’ placed right there.”

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