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A quick primer on Puerto Rico's hip-hop/dancehall hybrid

 

WISIN & YANDEL
De Otra Manera
(Lideres, 2004)

Fat, glistening synthesizers urge you to consider removing your clothes while beats flash hot like the homoerotic cover art. Silly at times (see "Tarzan") and routinely fabulous. R. Kelly tapped them for the reggaetón cut on his latest album, which was wise of him.

Reggaetón Collage Rule Number One: Shirtless guys in the middle. Wistin & Yandel (center) and clockwise from top left: Luny Tunes, Tego Calderon, Ivy Queen, Daddy Yankee
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Reggaetón Collage Rule Number One: Shirtless guys in the middle. Wistin & Yandel (center) and clockwise from top left: Luny Tunes, Tego Calderon, Ivy Queen, Daddy Yankee

 

DADDY YANKEE
Barrio Fino
(El Cartel/Universal 2004)

Long idolized in Puerto Rico, Daddy Yankee finally broke through in the States with this gangster/dance album and its crossover hit "Gasolina," to which dirty dancing is required. My favorite track, "Salud y Vida," proves again that tubas are in fact extravagantly equipped to play hip-hop bass lines.

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