Saturday, February 21, 2009

Que opinas sobre reggaeton y el rap latino

what you think about Reggaeton or latin rap

Latin Rap:

Migration of people from one country to another has greatly influenced the dispersion of cultures and music across the globe.

In the music realm, this can be heard with many different genres, like reggae, (which later led to dancehall), rap/hip-hop,

reggaeton, and Latin rap. The latter form of music has been a hit especially in countries with a large number of migrators to

the United States. For example, Mexico has a growing hip hop scene with groups such as Control Machete, Cartel De Santa, and

Molotov. Similarly, the movement has spread to Puerto Rico, a country where many of its residents have moved to New York,

Miami and Chicago over the years. Latin rap was jumpstarted by a wave of rappers that included Ruben DJ and Vico C. Ruben

DJ's hit, La Escuela, (The School) and Vico C's hit,
La Recta Final, (The End of the Road) received considerable radio time during the late 80s In addition to Latin rap in Puerto

Rico developing around the same time as early American hip-hop, and rap and reggae simultaneously having a substantial impact

on each other, all three generetion (rap, Latin rap, and reggae/dancehall) relate a certain message to their respective

audiences.Puerto Rican rap emerged as a form of cultural and social protest within the Puerto Rican context.


The influence of this genre has spread to the wider Latino communities in the United States, as well as the Latin American

audience. While it takes influences from hip hop and Jamaican dancehall, it would be wrong to define reggaeton as the

Hispanic or Latino version of either of these genres; reggaeton has its own specific beat and rhythm, whereas Latino hip hop

is simply hip hop recorded by artists of Latino descent. The specific rhythm that characterizes reggaeton is referred to as

"Dem Bow." The name is a reference to the title of the dancehall song by Shabba Ranks that first popularized the beat in the

early 90s. Reggaeton origins represents a hybrid of many different musical genres and influences from various countries in

the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States. The genre of reggaeton however is most closely associated with Puerto

Rico, as this is where the musical style later populariz.
Reggaetón lyrics tend to be more derived from hip hop than dancehall. Like hip hop, reggaeton has caused some controversy,

albeit less, due to alleged exploitation of women , and to a lesser extent, explicit and violent lyrics. Further controversy

surrounds perreo, a dance with explicit sexual overtones which is performed to reggaeton music. Perreo was the subject of a

national controversy in Puerto Rico as reggaetón music and the predominantly lower class culture it derived from, became more

popular and widely available.

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