Nicki Nicole, born Nicole Denise Cucco, is an Argentinian singer, songwriter and rapper who has made major waves in Latin music over the past few years. Since bursting onto the scene in 2019, Nicki Nicole has become one of the most promising young talents in the Spanish-speaking world thanks to her soulful voice, sharp songwriting and catchy urban-pop style.
While the 22-year-old star hails from Rosario, Argentina, her music has resonated widely across Latin America and beyond. Nicki Nicole has racked up millions of streams, collaborated with top artists like Trueno and Tiago PZK, and earned coveted award nominations, including a Latin Grammy nod for Best New Artist in 2020.
Nicki Nicole’s budding career recently hit a new high when she made her U.S. debut at Coachella in April 2022. The massive milestone left Nicki Nicole emotional, as she recalled dreaming of performing at the iconic festival one day.
Beyond her own work, Nicki Nicole has also been making headlines for her blossoming relationship with Mexican regional singer Peso Pluma. The duo first connected professionally in early 2023 before romance rumors swirled months later. After keeping things vague, Nicki Nicole and Peso Pluma finally confirmed they are dating in late 2023.
So who exactly is Nicki Nicole? Here’s a closer look at the talented Argentinian singer-songwriter, from her upbringing and musical style to her history with Peso Pluma.
Her Early Life and Musical Upbringing in Argentina
Nicki Nicole was born on August 25, 2000 in Rosario, Argentina’s third largest city. She grew up in a bustling household as the youngest of four siblings, with two older brothers and a sister.
During her early years, Nicki Nicole was surrounded by diverse musical influences at home. With her siblings hailing from different generations, she recalls all types of genres playing throughout the house, from pop and rock to cumbia and salsa.
“I grew up in the generation that still went outside to the street to play,” Nicki Nicole told Billboard in an interview. “I used to go back to the house covered in dirt.”
Even as a young girl, Nicki Nicole felt drawn to performing. She would use a broomstick as a makeshift microphone to put on shows for her family.
“Since I was a little girl, I used to sing at home with my family, in the kitchen or anywhere I could,” she later shared.
While Nicki Nicole dreamed of pursuing music, her mother emphasized finishing school first. So Nicki Nicole enrolled in night classes, which allowed her to work on music during the day. The balancing act ultimately paved the way for her future success.
Her Songwriting Process and Diverse Musical Style
Once she began recording her own material, Nicki Nicole quickly made a name for herself in the Latin urban scene thanks to her unique style and relatable songwriting. The singer-songwriter crafts her lyrics largely through freestyling raw, autobiographical moments in the studio.
“My inspiration comes from lived experiences, things that I have gone through, and what I freestyle in the studio usually carries an intention,” she explained in an interview.
Rather than sitting down to formally write songs, Nicki Nicole allows her emotions to flow out naturally in the recording booth.
“The truth is that almost all the songs I compose are freestyle,” she revealed. “Once the song is recorded, only then do I start to write some lyrics.”
While deeply personal, Nicki Nicole’s lyrics touch on universal themes like heartbreak, self-love and female empowerment through her poetic streetwise sensibility. Musically, she fuses styles like R&B, hip-hop, pop and Latin rhythms into her own signature urban-pop fusion.
Songs like her breakout single “Wapo Traketero” spotlight Nicki Nicole’s versatility as she switches effortlessly between rapping in a smoky swagger to crooning in a wispy falsetto. Thanks to her genre-bending sound, raw charisma and relatable songwriting, the singer has built a devoted fanbase across Latin America and the world.
Her Rising Music Career and Breakout Moments
Nicki Nicole kicked off her career in 2019 by independently releasing her debut single “Wapo Traketero.” The flirty, attitude-filled track showcased her star power and soon amassed over 80 million views on YouTube.
More buzzed-about singles like “Colocao” and “Mamichula” followed before Nicki Nicole dropped her first EP, Recuerdos, in early 2020. By the end of that year, she landed a career-defining Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist off the strength of the project.
“That was something that I never expected in my life,” Nicki told Mitú about the nod. “I knew it would happen one day but not this soon. The Latin Grammys have changed me. They’ve changed the whole course of my career.”
Major collabs with Argentinian rapper Trueno and Puerto Rican superstar Ozuna soon cemented Nicki Nicole’s rising star status across Latin America. She went on to make history in 2021 when her Bizarrap collaboration “Music Sessions #13” became the first Latin song to top Spotify’s Global chart.
In April 2022, Nicki Nicole delivered another career milestone when she made her U.S. debut performing at Coachella music festival. “I used to watch my idols perform at Coachella,” she told Billboard Argentina after her emotional set. “I’m motivated and I know I’ll get [to the main stage].”
Propelled by these breakout moments, Nicki Nicole dropped her anticipated debut LP, Parte De Mi, in July 2022. Lead by the hit “Otra Noche Mas,” the album showcased the Argentine star’s artistic evolution and depth. In its first week, Parte De Mi shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm Airplay chart.
With her trailblazing career just getting started, Nicki Nicole continues breaking barriers and inspiring fans globally as one of Latin music’s most promising young talents.
Her Romantic Relationship with Peso Pluma
Beyond her own music career, Nicki Nicole has also made headlines recently for her relationship with Mexican-American singer Peso Pluma. After months of rumors, the artists confirmed they are dating in late 2023.
Nicki Nicole and Peso Pluma initially connected in February 2023 when they collaborated on a remix of his regional Mexican hit “Por Las Noches.”
Speaking on their studio session, Nicki Nicole shared, “I love [Peso Pluma’s] music. When he invited me to do the remix of that song, it was very crazy because it was one of his songs that I listened to the most. I jumped on the song with absolute pleasure.”
Romance speculation kicked off a few months later when the pair were spotted getting cozy at Disneyland together. They further fueled rumors with flirty moments during joint performances at the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards and Nicki Nicole’s Mexico City concert.
After keeping coy for months, Peso Pluma and Nicki Nicole finally confirmed they are dating when they kissed onstage during her November show in Mexico City. The singers were later seen holding hands backstage and exchanged “I love you’s.” Nicki Nicole captioned an Instagram post of them hugging, “Thank you [Peso Pluma] for coming bb.”
In late November 2023, Peso Pluma and Nicki Nicole made their official red carpet couple debut at the Latin Grammy Awards in Spain. Nicki Nicole gushed she was “so happy” to attend the event with her new boyfriend, while Peso Pluma said he was there “supporting the queen.”
Fans are thrilled to see the stars showcase their sweet romance publicly after months of speculation. With their careers both rapidly rising, Peso Pluma and Nicki Nicole also make major music power couple goals as they continue taking the Latin scene by storm.
Her Passion for Uplifting Female Fans
Amid her unprecedented success, Nicki Nicole stays grounded by focusing on empowering female fans through her lyrics and platform. The singer often tackles topics like self-love, resilience and embracing womanhood in her music.
“I want [my songs] to help people, for people to feel accompanied, like they are not alone,” she shared in an interview about her songwriting mission. “Especially women of my generation who are now finding their voice.”
Nicki Nicole has turned songs like “Ella No Es Tuya” (She’s Not Yours) into anthems for women gaining independence and confidence. She also uses social media to connect with supporters and share inspiring messages.
“Never let them tell you who to be. You decide who you are,” Nicki Nicole recently tweeted to her 7 million followers.
Through her voice and visibility as an Afro-Latina artist, Nicki Nicole aims to uplift young women and remind them