She started out as a flamenco dancer, studying at a prestigious school in Madrid and performing both as a solo dancer and with big-name groups. She had achieved success, but something didn't feel right to the diminutive, artistic Elsa Rovayo. So she quit her dancing jobs, shaved her head and started singing -- and La Shica was born. From the first, Rovayo bucked flamenco's rigidity: She sees Spanish music as shot through with hip-hop, from the coplas of Lola Flores to flamenco's recitao and jaleos, highly rhythmic reciting that accompanies dancers. Those are her "rap bible," and she brings that ethic to her music. Her rap bears little relationship to its American forebear, except perhaps in a certain toughness that transcends language and oozes through her 2008 debut album, Trabajito de Chinos.