The Number Ones. Album Of The Week. I was born in San Francisco, CA to two Chicano musicians who connected over their complete obsession with playing and studying music. I was seven years old and learning to play traditional Mexican and Colombian music alongside my family, which opened my world to the diverse soundscapes of Latin America. If rancheras and boleros were my folk music, then reggaeton was definitely my pop. When I heard reggaeton for the first time as a middle schooler, the game was over; your girl was turned out, a captive of the infectious dembow beats and suave sex lyrics. Latinxs make up Surprisingly enough, it is only very recently that reggaeton albeit in its more pop and hip-hop articulations has crossed the vast river of acceptance into certified A1 pop territory.
Old-School Reggaeton Hits for Your Next Latin Party Night
Reggaeton is dead in the same way hip-hop is dead — the popular stuff no longer resembles the gritty, lo-fi ups and downs of the working class, from whose beaters and back-alleys both genres were born. But a little spitshine isn't always a bad thing, especially on the big rubbery assbeat that defines reggaeton. Dem Bow at its purest and most insatiable. In , after the brand-new genre was flown over from Puerto Rico, hip-hop heads fell prisoner to its crazy heat. One UCLA professor even devoted an entire book, this year, to graphing reggaeton's infiltration of the Top Watch him explain the world's sexiest genre in a dork voice that could deflate the heartiest Afro-Latin buttcheek, here. Of course, weak-souled U. But as Pitbull and his contemporaries have slowly and skillfully watered down the Latino presence on U.
By late July, it was the most streamed song of all time. Mostly centered in Puerto Rico and New York the reggaeton sound has, for the most part, been bubbling along off the radar of pop culture since the last time Daddy Yankee cracked the charts circa Though Panama has its own long tradition of Afro-diasporic dance music, the love for reggae is a relic of the massive labor force that migrated from Jamaica and other islands circa to construct the Panama Canal. Although he was not the first vocalist to rap over these beats, Tego Calderon was among the most lyrical and therefore most widely embraced in New York and beyond. To his credit N. It was also the signpost for a fresh source of inspiration for the entire genre — a fascination with South Asian and Middle Eastern sounds. Baby Ranks f.
Daddy Yankee - La Despedida It definitely wasn't an easy "farewell" for this merengue-like song to step down from the top of the charts in We all know the power of certain songs to transport us either back in time or through space - to a remote island on the caribbean for instance El Rey, the King of King s decided to feature his mentee Natti Natasha on this track, which became number one on virtually every Latin dance and pop chart in America. Daddy Yankee - Limbo It was also featured as one of the tracklists on the motion-dance video game Just Dance in Enrique Iglesias - Bailando ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente de Zona It may have initially been written by the King of Latin Pop Enrique Iglesias and collaborator Descemer Bueno , but it definitely wouldn't have spent 41 consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, if cuban duo Gente de Zona had not added the final touch - A true multicultural mix of Spanish flamenco, Latin pop and Cuban-flavored reggaeton. The song reached number 1 for over 30 weeks at Billboard Hot Latin Songs.