(Via)Yesterday I spent a good couple hours trying whittle down the Reggaeton section in my iTunes down from 3 GB to 1 GB (not including Reggae en Espanol, Merengueton, or Cumbiaton,) and in the process listened to a lot of dramatic synths and Dem Bow snares. A fan of Reggaeton I've been, ever since my days in Madison, when the homie Jeffrey and I bonded over General Degree's Traffic Blocking, and the CD-R of his homie back in PR's dem-bow, demo. But, after going through my 100th Luny Tunes production, it started to feel a little like this:
Anyway, I'm excited about the book. And perhaps this process of shaving the fat is kind of like a refresher on why I liked the music so much in the first place.
The other day in the Reggaeton section of my RSS reader, a new CD by the duo Baby Rasta & Gringo popped up. I initially passed it up (because of my bursting at the seams harddrive) but the name rung in my head associated with something I liked before. Then I remembered the name from one of the Playero mixes I had heard floating around. I did a search and came up with this wonderfulness:
I did some further research (read Wikpedia) and saw that apparently the duo's 2004 release, Sentenciados, was a widely bootleged underground smash. Their hit song off that album is an example of Reggaeton at its finest:
And here is a track off their new album The Comeback:
No Es Macarena
Sidenote: Can anybody out there explain the duo format of Reggaeton? Jowell y Randy, Hector y Tito, Angel y Khris, y todos ellos, is it because of the singer and rapper combination?