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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Baby Bam Bam



I'm currently most curious about old school reggaeton. From the little i've heard, it has faster beats, occasional recognisable Hip Hop samples and high a pitched ragga DJ delivery. It borders on rave sometimes too, with quite a few tunes using acid noises and rave stabs which is always a good thing in my book. Maybe thats beacuase its from the early 90s. I dunno. Bizarrely this contains a sample from Kiss FM drivetime favourites Livin Joy's 'I'm a dreamer' & 20 Fingers 'You gotta lick it' ( remember that, ahem, classic ). As well as some 303 action and alot of whipping noises. Its good.

Principal - El Latigo (Zshare)

Speaking of which. Whats with whipping thing and reggaeton. I'm guessing its nothing to do with Ghostriding or horses.

Andy Boy - Latigo (Zshare)

It seems like Playero, DJ Joe & Don Chezina and others were the club kings of San Juan back then. You can hear some of these banging dem bow'd mixtapes streamed by Lansky ( not Brixton Lanky, shout out to the wee man anyway ).

Alot of this earlier perreo often has more energy than the current stuff but sort of slips on the song construction and tunes. Its a bit like grime or Hip Hop in its early years. Back to Basics. Mics, rhymes and drum loops. I'm not saying its better than the new stuff, I just like the energy and the flow. Feels like reggaeton was pretty heavily influenced by the late 80s-early 90s rap & reggae of the day. And now its evolved into something pretty different with a stronger latin identity. The DVD El Documental will tell you much mas. In the meantime here are some more party starters :

Hecto & Tito - Azotalo (Zshare)

Don Chezina - Muevete Toda La Noche (Zshare)


And like Wayne & Wax said doesn't this sound like old school reggaeton ? Give or take the Pujabinglish and Vindaloo references.

Apache Indian - Chok There (Zshare)

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