Martha Ivelisse Pesante Rodríguez[note 1] (born March 4, 1972), known professionally as Ivy Queen, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, rapper, actress and record producer. She was born in Añasco, Puerto Rico, but later moved with her parents to New York City. She never graduated from high school, reaching eleventh grade in the United States and returning to Puerto Rico shortly after. In San Juan, she met record producer DJ Negro, who arranged for her to perform with a group called The Noise at a local club of the same name. There, she performed her first song "Somos Raperos Pero No Delincuentes" (We are Rappers, Not Delinquents). The Noise garnered attention due to their violent and explicitly sexual lyrics. Queen went solo in 1996, and released her debut studio album En Mi Imperio (In My Empire) which was quickly picked up by Sony Discos for distribution in 1997.