Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
So when Latino 96.3 DJ Sandra Pena started busting a twitter (@sandrapena) about how Pitbull (noted enemy of reggaeton) was twittering and how we should all follow him. Well, we could not let that happen. So Estilo Blanco went ahead and sent her a message with the link to the Pitbull Enemy of Reggaeton Post.
Here was her response:
Needless to say, we immediately stopped following her on twitter.
Here was the fallout on Facebook:
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Alexis y Fido were detained at the airport in Nashville, Tennessee and the boys are mad at the way they were treated.
According to the boys, the promoter that flew them over used a stolen credit card to purchase their airline tickets, so this was a case of fraud and unfortunately it landed on their laps.
They tell El Vocero that they were treated like dogs and felt that they were discriminated against because they are Latinos and because of the clothes they wear.
Dembow: This is your standard DUNK duh duh DUNK duh beat. There can be a lot of variety in the rest of the musical flesh that surrounds the dembow skeleton, but if it's got that beat it's dembow. It can be hard or soft, but it's all legit. Some reggaeton purists will only find dembow beats to be acceptable, anything else is wack and a threat can be made that if artists do not want to do dembow, then you will listen to north american rap and r&b. UPDATE: I forgot to mention Perreo jams. This is basically a hardcore dembow track that is tuned up specially for that perreo!
Malienteo: Take a 50 cent beat, put on some thugged out PR's in bandanas and straight-brim hats rapping in spanish talking about PR thug shit, that's it. The more artists you can fit on one of these tracks, the better.
Romantiqueo: Uh duh! This what you listen to to get love advice, a girl into bed, or just really horny. If you only masturbate once a day you will masturbate twice a day, if you masturbate twice a day you are going to masturbate five times per day. Be careful with this sub-genero because romantiqueo and pregnancy go hand in hand, even with birth control. Any of these sub-generos could also be romantiqueo, depending on lyrical content and how passionate you get when listening.
Electro-flow: Step 1 - Euro dance beats that could potentially be heard in a gay club. Step 2 - Auto-tuned hook at bare minimum. Step 3 - Sick spanish raps. Step 4 - Get fuckin drunk and dance like a chick. Step 5 - ???
Bachata: Originating from the DR, this actually means "bitter music", and songs are usually about failed romances and being bummed out. Luckily we don't speak spanish, because listening to this gives me a boner! They use real instruments (usually two electric acoustics, electric bass, and BONGOS) which makes this the easiest offshoot of reggaeton for a white person to get into. See Aventura
Merengue/Salsa/Fusion stuff: Occasionally some guys will bust out some roots shit and try to sing salsa, or a fast paced merenge beat. These are usually pretty decent, but be careful because you don't want people thinking you are listening to world music.
Finally, and this should go without saying, that if any of the above sub-generos are not in spanish, then it falls into the Garbage category.
All I have to say about this is that reggaetoneros are pretty responsible. If this was a north american non-hispanic rapper it would have been like .12 and doing 90mph.
-Talento de Victoria
The concept of reggaeton really crossing over to the mainstream is a double edged sword. On one had it would great to see more of the 'ton everywhere, on the other hand it would really suck to see a frat house jamming on De La Ghetto. But then again, it could lead to more white girls being down with perrero. So many choices!
Either way, one of the songs that can bring about this crossover will definitely come from Calle 13. This band was in a highly publicized feud with Ivy Queen (we are still deciding who won), and whenever you meet a white guy who knows about reggaeton, he ALWAYS likes this band. So that's kind of negative.
But there is no denying that these guys have written a jam that appeals to EVERYONE. This song is hot and if someone re-records it in English, it will be EVERYWHERE.
Note: Ivy Queen said “He doesn’t realize the grave mistake he is making. My 15 year career isn’t going to be tainted by someone that is always on a mushroom trip.” A+ Ivy Queen, A+.
We are always on the search for the hottest new reggaeton jams, and we might have just found the new summertime banger from Alexis y Fido.
Best of luck trying to understand this video. It starts like a Latino Mad Men, then turns into the future, and then turns into a classy dining room. Of these scenarios, I only like to believe that Alexis y Fido would be into the future. If they existed back during the olden days, white people would have pissed off at their hot rhythms.
Also, I'm not sure who is Alexis and who is Fido, but one of them looks like Adnan Ghalib (Britney's ex boyfriend).
As for the song, this jam is STRAIGHT FIRE and the lyrics are "what you don't know won't hurt you." Boom, man for a group of singers who are super into love, they are also into cheating.
TALENTO DE VICTORIA UPDATE: Ok so here is my interpretation of the video. All the lyrics talk about cheating on the DL, which makes it OK (the literal translation of the song title means 'what the eyes do not see, the heart does not feel'). He starts off in his fancy home life... or is he? Man, already Fido is cheating on the DL! Looking smooth. He sees Alexis rocking out on the TV and is like, man I want to get some hos like that, even though he has a ho already. So using the power of the internet he travels into the video and is chillin w/ Alexis. He is bout those hos and keeping it on the DL. Then I guess Fido decides living in the internet is awesome and Alexis wants that home life. So they trade? Uhh... ok so I guess it makes no sense. Is the wife cheating with Alexis too? If so, why are Mr. A y Senor F friends? This may be too advanced for my reggaeton skills at the current time. Here is a link with the lyrics translated.
Also I wish I could dress like that.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
So I spent at least 20 minutes a week where I think about I would wear to the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City.
Sometimes I think it would be cool to just go as a regular white guy and everyone would be all "hey, what are you doing here? You don't know about Puerto Rico." Then they surround me and are getting ready to fight me, and an Arcangel song comes on and I sing along and they are totally impressed then give me some awesome Rum and these smoking hot PR chicks teach me to dance right.
Then other times, I see outfits like this and realize that if I wore this, I would blend RIGHT IN.