Reggaeton Roundup 2012

Posted on 31. May, 2012 by in latin america

See my original Reggaeton playlist or Reggaeton Roundup 2011.

Los Wachiturros – Tirate un Paso

If Junto Al Amanecer by J Alvarez was my top pick of 2011, Tirate un Paso is 2012. It’s irresistible on the dance floor.

Tirar literally means “to throw,” but in slang it’s like saying “to bang” or “to screw” – a crude yet not vulgar way of saying “to have sex.” In this context it’s not saying that but it insinuates. Paso is a “step.” I’d translate Tirate un Paso as the old school hip-hop equivalent, Bust a Move.

Most interesting about Los Wachiturros and this song is how hated they are, even inspiring a proper parody. At the time of this writing the video has almost 12 million views with over 42,000 dislikes to only 16,000 likes. 3-1 negative ratio is similar to Insane Clown Posse. However, nothing in Los Wachiturros lyrics equates to serial killing or other anti-social themes, and they obviously don’t wear makeup.

Another artist who gets similar negative to positive ratio is Wendy Sulca, who’s hated for a similar reason. She sings the traditional music for Peruvian Indians. And as I’ve said many times on this blog, Latin people despise the Indian element in their blood and society. They prefer to see themselves as Spanish.

Los Wachiturros are hated because they’re Latin-looking kids making Latin music – but they’re from Argentina! Argentines are the snobs of Latin America. They don’t consider themselves Latin, but European. So to have some of their own create a reggaeton smash hit is a slap in the face to their nationalistic superiority complex. Not only is it a smash hit, it uses all the reggaeton sound effects: horns, sirens, whistles, and repeating your name in rhythm, WA-CHI-TU-RROS!

The average Argentine has the same complexion, hair, and eye color as your American buddies with Italian last names. On the other hand, all Los Wachiturros seem to have at least one Indians in their heritage. So they’re Argentines who look Latin and hail from a poor suburb of Buenos Aires. Latin-looking Argentines making Latin-sounding music and filming the video next to the Obelisco in the heart of downtown BA. Finally, it doesn’t help they’re so young – boy band age.

Los Wachiturros are hated because they’re a glaring reminder to Argentines that they are Latin.

Cosculluela – Cuidao au au

This one slipped under my radar since being released a couple years ago. A late discovery for me, “Cuidao au au” is the most annoying shit to get stuck in your head since Nelly.

When you first hear it you may think it’s a stupid singalong talking about nothing – like Nelly. But this is gangster reggaeton rapping about gun violence. Here’s the hook:

Cuidau au au, Cuidau au au…
Que no te pille janguiando…
La Glock y el clock corriendo…
Siempre andamos ready pa’ que este fantasmeando.

Be careful ful ful
Don’t get caught chillin’
The Glock and the clock’s always runnin’
We’re always ready to be ghostin’.

Ustedes no hacen nada, nada, nada.

Y’all ain’t doing nuthin’, nuthin’, nuthin’.

A LOT of Spanglish and slang.

Don Omar – Taboo

Don Omar, reggaeton’s #2 all-time artist (second only to Daddy Yankee), put out this surprisingly commercially-viable hit last year. It’s so poppy I believe it could get Top 40 airplay in the States and Europe – a major achievement for a Spanish language song. It may get played on those stations, I don’t know. Gringos let me know in the comments.

The video features footage from Fast and the Furious 5, which was shot in Rio and starred Don Omar. I was surprised a fifth film was made from that franchise. They’ve even made a sixth! There never should’ve been a second. Kids – what can you say?

Daddy Yankee ft Prince Royce – Ven Conmigo

As I said in my last reggaeton post, Daddy Yankee always has a hit in rotation on reggaeton radio. This dance song with Prince Royce isn’t just the flavor of the year, it will be on Daddy Yankee’s Greatest Hits catalog someday.

I’d heard Daddy Yankee speak English in interviews, but never in his music. This song is the first I’ve heard him drop an English lyric.

Daddy Yankee ft. Speedy – Recuerdas

This is an older one I just found recently. It’s obnoxious to many, but I can’t resist Speedy’s hook:

Tu quieres, yo quiero …
Recordar aquel tiempo en …
Que los dos tu y yo …
Nos amamos completo.

You want, I want …
To remember that time …
When both you and I …
Loved each other to the fullest.

Plan B – Es Un Secreto

Plan B is a top 5 reggaeton artist. I loved Porque Te Demoras, but most of these dudes’ songs are too soft. I dig soft music (see Listen to Old Music) but soft songs should come from women. Or men singing like men. I don’t like dudes crying like girls.

You say: But what about your last song by Daddy Yankee and Speedy?

The difference is that Daddy Yankee keeps the bass in his voice. If Daddy Yankee’s on Gasolina, Plan B is on soy milk in this song.

If you like soy milk reggaeton, check out Plan B’s Si No Le Contesto from a few years back.

Farruko – Hola Beba

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qZybtvq_Fk

Speaking of weak shit, see Colombia’s most popular reggaeton act, Farruko. I had included him in my Reggaeton Roundup 2011, but deleted it because it’s so whack. I thought they only listened to it in Colombia because he’s a paisa. But when I got pseudo-deported I saw he’s even more popular in Peru. Girls love this guy.

Speaking of soy milk reggaeton, Farruko is softer than soy. Farruko is soy milk mixed with soccer, silk, and Downey fabric softener. Farruko is the Chris Brown of reggaeton – the most bitch-made act in the industry.

The video, however, is VERY Medellin – Medellin skyline, models, a finca, horses, mullets, tubby dudes.

Jowell y Randy – Aprovechalo

This came out almost five years ago. It was in rotation when I first moved to South America in April 2008. I since forgot about it, but rediscovered.

Aprovechalo – Literally “Take advantage!” I’d translate to “Seize the day!”

Vico C – La Vecinita Tiene Antojo

Another old one, from over five years ago. La Vecinita tiene antojo – the neighbor has a craving. Could be a theme song for Desperate Housewives in español. Sexy one.

Sak Noel – Loca People

Reggaeton radio doesn’t play pure reggeaton. They play contemporary rumba music, so reggaeton mixed with the latest from Pitbull, Black Eyed Peas, and techno. This is one of those techno songs being played on reggaeton radio.

The song’s from Spain but a Spanish chick litters the beat with cute little sayings, “When I first came to Spain…”  and “La gente está muy loca…” and “What the fuck?” – which is aired.

The video features a crazy-packed club. I’ve often said Colombia offers the hardest partying in the world. The only people who know Colombian rumba who disagreed mentioned Ibiza, Spain. Two important reasons I argue for Colombia include:

  1. Cheap – liquor and drugs are basically free for gringos.
  2. Jail – for a gringo to get locked up in Colombia, he has to be a real asshole.

In Spain, I imagine it costs a good bit of jack to party like I do in Bogota. One of my good buddies got locked up in Barcelona. He told me what he’d been doing – he wouldn’t even have to pay Colombian police in Bogota. He’d have stayed under the radar.

Still, see the video. I don’t like those giant discotecas, but it’s indicative of a serious party culture.

Gunplay – Bogota

This song’s not reggaeton or played on reggaeton radio, nor is it listened to anywhere in Latin America. It’s a Miami area rapper affiliated with Rick Ross, and Bogota’s in the title. Aside from that, there’s nothing Bogotano in the song or video. It would be if the cock were fighting, the horse were pulled by a zorrero, and the girl were a “model”/prepago.

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11 Responses to “Reggaeton Roundup 2012”

  1. matthew b

    01. Jun, 2012

    I see you really are getting into the “gangsta” culture hanging with the deported “niggas” jaja!

    It’s funny I just got back from two weeks in Monterrey MX and just by chance I was at a strip club and I met this thug dude from the same neighborhood in Houston that I’m from. He had done a few years fed time and just got deported to Mexico about 6 months ago. We ended up drinking until 3pm the next day at his house. This guy’s dating one of the girls that works at the strip club and lives in one of the worst neighborhoods in Monterrey.

    He was telling me there’s alot of deported guys around his neighborhood and they all kinda stick together. And guess where most of them work…doing tatoos, cutting hair, selling dope, and call centers. Lol! That shit made me think of your blog posts about the deported colombians.

  2. jesse

    01. Jun, 2012

    few more…

    Me Le Pegue -Riko, Nejo & Dalmata
    Dutty Love -Don Omar
    La Pregunta, Esperandote -J Alvarez

    and from a few years ago one that aint soft at all
    Eso En 4 No Se Ve- Nejo & Dalmata

  3. Colin

    02. Jun, 2012

    @ Matthew B – That’s funny. Some of the guys I know from the Chapinero set went to open a call center in Nicaragua, which lasted a few weeks before they were all fired, and met a group of deported guys there. They said they were just like them, except “Nicaraguan,” which I took to mean browner and poorer.

    @ Jesse – La Pregunta is a cheap re-hash of Juntos Al Amanecer. Eso en 4 No Se Ve is a good find though, thanks!

  4. Garrett

    02. Jun, 2012

    Dude, Don Omar #2??? DON OMAR IS NUMBER ONE!!!

    Honestly I think Daddy Yankee is irrelevant nowadays, he hasn’t progressed as an artist, it’s the same stuff… He’s less a reggeatonero and more a pop music guy. Don Omar on the other hand incorporates other styles, he’s even got a bachata song, etc. Plus the man knows how to dance, Daddy Yankee does not as far as I know…

    Plus you don’t have any Ñejo y/o Dalmata songs here bro??? Being a good Colombian, surely you would appreciate Escápate Conmigo, filmed in Medellín: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD-JWYYCs8o, though I like the version with Ñejo better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCxOU5YOsjE

    I think Hola Beba is weak, fuck Farruko, reggeaton is often vacuous and I think he’s a good example.

    Another great one from Ñejo, Me Enamoré de una Prepago, although not really reggeaton, talks a lot about Medellín etc., really good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_1PYiHmuk

    Dalmate with Dile a Tu Amiga, fun video, excellent and fun song, again in Medellín: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1D85QtciIs song of the year for me…

    And lastly of interest for Medellín antics in the video, Ñejo with Esa Película: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt52e97O7Go

    @Jesse good call on Me Le Pegue

  5. Michael

    03. Jun, 2012

    @Colin I can’t comment on if it’s played in the US, but I have some Russian friends here and they said Taboo is an insanely popular song there in Russia

    @jesse I love Dutty Love, nice call on that….

    On another note, not sure if he’s unknown, but I heard this song a couple time on my internet radio… The name of the artist is Mega Tu Dulcero…. I dig this song…even if it is weak lol
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLgjtcUmHFw

  6. Colin

    03. Jun, 2012

    Garrett, Michael – you guys are listening to entirely too much reggaeton when those songs sound good 🙂

  7. TheWorldOrBust

    04. Jun, 2012

    I fuck with Es Un Secreto too, I just like that beat.

  8. Justin

    18. Jun, 2012

    Geeze, I got tired of listening to Puertorican rap back in 1995 en el Sexto de Carolina (donde nacio el reggaeton), y en El Planetarium en Isla Verde. Sure the music has matured but now we are having fun. This is really what PR is all about… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU1Sgx0hLIM
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  9. Paul

    21. Jun, 2012

    Escapate Conmigo

    La Propia Arepa

    Two tunes I’ve been banging recently.

  10. thunear

    24. Jun, 2012

    I don’t know much about reggaeton, but I know that Loca People is not techno. It’s house.

  11. cesarP

    06. Oct, 2012

    Farruko is Puerto rican not olombian ..just saying.

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