Reggaeton (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
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
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.
After Raggamuffin (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
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.
the next millenium broke Reggaeton into
music scene, such
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
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.
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 or Spanish-speaking descent who rap in either Spanish, English or both, where reggaeton has specific
influences and is mainly classified by the previously
stated Dembow beat.
Today, Reggaeton 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
"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
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
Clan's "Cuerpo a Cuerpo"
Hector El Father's "The Bad Boy"
Tito el Bambino's "Top of the Line"
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
"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:
El Cartel Records
Tommy Boy Entertainment
Don Ricardo Garcia international