(also spelled Regueton or with an accent) is a Latin style of music. Reggaeton
is Panamanian, but has grown to be more associated with "Boricuas" (Puerto Ricans), some claiming the genre as their own. It is characterized by a certain beat called "dem bow", which is a traditional Carribean beat but was first popularized by dancehall musician Shabba Ranks
's song with a title of the same name. An example of the beat can be heard on that song or simply defined as A-A-B (or ch-ch-bass) or B-B-A (bass, bass, ch). Its influences include Hip hop
, techno and Reggae dancehall, and touches of merengue
and other Latin music can be featured. Unlike reggae, it does not use "riddims", instrumentals created by producers who can be used by any artists, most of the time
, but exceptions can be made, such as Deejay Sasha and Ivy Queen's "Dat Sexy Body", which uses the Bookshelf Riddim originating from Reggae dancehall artist Beenie Man.
(dancehall) deejays from Panama including El General and Black Apache experimented with the same beat, they began "toasting" over it (a kind of Jamaican
-style rapping which occurs when talking
, rhyming, or singing is done over a beat) in Spanish
. It further transformed with the likes of Don Chezina, Vico C, Las Guanabanas, DJ Blass, DJ Playero, and other Puerto ricans and Dominicans who discovered this then-emerging genre, and began rapping instead of toasting.
Singles from the next millenium broke Reggaeton
into the mainstream music
scene, such as Panamanian
rapper Lorna's "Papi Chulo
(Te Traigo el Mmm)" and half- Puerto Rican N.O.R.E.
(also known Noreaga)'s "Oye Mi Canto" (featuring Nina sky, Daddy Yankee
, and Gemstar and Big Mato
Finally, Daddy Yankee's tremendously successful song "Gasolina" (written by Eddie Dee
and produced by Luny Tunes
) reached #1 in the United States
Latin music charts, and then gained huge acclaim in Colombia
, Mexico, Italy, France, the UK, and Germany
At various stages, Reggaeton
has been known as "Musica underground
", "Dembow", "Spanish
dancehall", or "Reggae en espanol", but was then finally known as its current name in the early 2000s.
Related genres similar to reggaeton
include Salsaton, Merenhouse, Bachateo, and Bhangraton. Reggaeton
is like, but not synonymous to, Latin rap
. This is because Latin rap
defines any rap recorded by artists of Hispanic
-speaking descent who rap in either Spanish
or both, where reggaeton
has specific influences and is mainly classified by the previously stated Dembow beat.
has gained popularity
and is being much experimented with throughout Latin America
, especially in countries like Peru
, El Salvador
and the Dominican Republic
. Unfortunately, it is one of the most plagiarized genres in the music industry.
Some prominent reggaeton
artists and producers or artists that have experimented with the genre (not listed in sequence of importance) include Daddy Yankee, Wisin and Yandel, Tego Calderon
, Calle 13, Bimbo, Nicky Jam, Luny Tunes, Don Omar, Eliel, Pescozada, El Chombo, Ariel, Casper, DJ Playero, Don Miguelo, Kartier, Tony Dize, El Rubiote, Franco "El Gorilla
", El Sensei, Rafy Mercenario, Rakim y Ken-y, Cheka, Yomo, Naldo, Lito y Polaco, Zion y Lennox, Voltio, Hector El Father, Tito El Bambino, Trebol Clan, Ingco Crew, Baby Rasta, Gringo, Arcangel, Tainy, Plan B, Alexis y Fido, John Eric, El General, Lorna, Killer Ranks, Wise, Big Boy, Eddie Dee, Angel y Khriz, Tony Dize, Johnny Prez, Fulanito, Gem star and Big Mato, Vico C, Ivy Queen, Tony Touch, Don Chezina, El General, D'Mingo, Heavy Clan, DJ Pollo, Magnate and Valentino, Baby Ranks, Sasha, Speedy, La Sista, and others.
can be heard on songs such as:
"Chulin Culin Chunfly"
"Oye Mi Canto"
"Dat Sexy Body"
"Papi te Quiero
"Cuando Baila Reggaeton
"Que Se Tiren"
"Pa' Que Retozen"
"Para Mi Barrio (Reggaeton
"A Que No a Treves"
"Tra Tra Tra"
"Lo Que Paso Paso"
"Ella no te quiere"
"Cuerpo a Cuerpo"
"Ponte de Pie"
Keep in mind that these are only some of the songs that give a good example.
Some albums that mostly feature reggaeton
Daddy Yankee's "Barrio Fino" (or the live version, Barrio Fino en Directo")
Don Omar's "The Last Don"
Ivy Queen's "Diva"
Don Chezina's "Reggaeton
Luny Tunes's "King of the Beats", "Mas Flow: The Beginning", "Mas Flow 2", "Mas Flow 2.5", and "Mas Flow: Los Benjamins", which feature other reggaeton
Heavy Clan's "Cuerpo a Cuerpo"
Hector El Father's "The Bad Boy
Tito el Bambino's "Top of the Line"
Rakim and Ken-y's "Masterpiece"
Wisin and Yandel's "Pa'l Mundo", and "Wisin y Yandel Presentan: Los Vaqueros"
Andy Montanez's "Salsaton: Salsa con Reggaeton
Alexis and Fido's "The Pitbulls"
Voltio's self titled album, "Voltio"
Baby Rasta y Gringo's "Sentenciados"
Some (only some) Reggaeton
"Sangre Nueva (Special
"Los Rompe Discotekas"
"Gargolas-The Next Generation"
"Abusando del Genero"
"Chosen Few: El Documental"
"100% Dominicano: La Nueva Sangre del Reggaeton
"Dancehall Reggaespanol" (shows a more primitive form of Reggaeton
record labels are:
Sangre Nueva Music
El Cartel Records
Tommy Boy Entertainment