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A hybrid of reggae and rap, reggaeton is a music with Spanish-language lyrics and Caribbean aesthetics that has taken Latin America, the United States, and the world by storm. Superstarsandmdash;including Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Ivy Queenandmdash;garner international attention, while aspiring performers use digital technologies to create and circulate their own tracks. Reggaeton brings together critical assessments of this wildly popular genre. Journalists, scholars, and artists delve into reggaetonandrsquo;s local roots and its transnational dissemination; they parse the genreandrsquo;s aesthetics, particularly in relation to those of hip-hop; and they explore the debates about race, nation, gender, and sexuality generated by the music and its associated cultural practices, from dance to fashion.

The collection opens with an in-depth exploration of the social and sonic currents that coalesced into reggaeton in Puerto Rico during the 1990s. Contributors consider reggaeton in relation to that island, Panama, Jamaica, and New York; Cuban society, Miamiandrsquo;s hip-hop scene, and Dominican identity; and other genres including reggae en espaandntilde;ol, underground, and dancehall reggae. The reggaeton artist Tego Calderandoacute;n provides a powerful indictment of racism in Latin America, while the hip-hop artist Welmo Romero Joseph discusses the development of reggaeton in Puerto Rico and his refusal to embrace the upstart genre. The collection features interviews with the DJ/rapper El General and the reggae performer Renato, as well as a translation of andldquo;Chamacoandrsquo;s Corner,andrdquo; the poem that served as the introduction to Daddy Yankeeandrsquo;s debut album. Among the volumeandrsquo;s striking images are photographs from Miguel Lucianoandrsquo;s series Pure Plantainum, a meditation on identity politics in the bling-bling era, and photos taken by the reggaeton videographer Kacho Landoacute;pez during the making of the documentary Blingandrsquo;d: Blood, Diamonds, and Hip-Hop.

Contributors. Geoff Baker, Tego Calderandoacute;n, Carolina Caycedo, Jose Davila, Jan Fairley, Juan Flores, Gallego (Josandeacute; Raanduacute;l Gonzandaacute;lez), Fandeacute;lix Jimandeacute;nez, Kacho Landoacute;pez, Miguel Luciano, Wayne Marshall, Frances Negrandoacute;n-Muntaner, Alfredo Nieves Moreno, Ifeoma C. K. Nwankwo, Deborah Pacini Hernandez, Raquel Z. Rivera, Welmo Romero Joseph, Christoph Twickel, Alexandra T. Vazquez


A collection on reggaeton, a popular contemporary music genre that mixes Latin American and Caribbean music styles with hiphop, rap, and R&B.


This collection offers the first critical assessment of the music and culture of reggaeton, a popular genre that blends reggae and rap, Spanish-language lyrics, and Latin-Caribbean aesthetics.

About the Author

“I cannot overstate how critically important this volume is. It captures the synergies of a musical and cultural movement that few have seriously grappled with, even as the sounds and styles of reggaeton have dominated the air space of so many urban locales.”—Mark Anthony Neal, author of Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic
“It’s about time academia dared to include reggaeton. This might mean that we’re finally understanding that all of us are los de atrás (the ones behind): our country, Puerto Rico, and the whole Caribbean. I hope people support this book so it can be translated into Spanish, and kids in Puerto Rico and Latin America can read it. Because we Caribbean people, even if we don’t want to, even if we don’t like it, even if it hurts, we come from behind . . . and there’s a value to that. There’s a beauty to being los de atrás.”—Residente, frontman of the Grammy and Latin Grammy award-winning duo Calle 13
“The kinetic contributions in Reggaeton melt false borders—ones wrapped like straitjackets around peoples, knowledges, and cultures—and move the crowd. More than an exciting, exhaustive treatment of this vital musical culture, this anthology is a fine blueprint for engaged cultural scholarship right now.”—Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
“This anthology opens a chapter in hip-hop history that brings it all back home, back to our transnational Afro-Spanish-speaking countries and diasporas and ’hoods where young people are going through their hip-hop ecstasies and traumas, but in their own language, and in their own unique and hitherto-unknown style.”—Juan Flores, author of From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity, from the foreword to Reggaeton

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Foreword: What's all the noise about? / Juan Flores ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Reggaeton's Socio-Sonic Circuitry / Wayne Marshall, Raquel Z. Rivera, and Deborah Pacini Hernandez 1

Part I. Mapping Reggaeton

From Manduacute;sica Negra to Reggaeton Latino: The Cultural Politics of Nation, Migration, and Commercialization / Wayne Marshall 19

Part II. The Panamanian Connection

Placing Panama in the Reggaeton Narrative: Editor's Notes / Wayne Marshall 77

Reggae in Panama: Bien Tough / Christoph Twickel 81

The Panamanian Origins of Reggae in Espaandntilde;ol: Seeing History through andquot;Los Ojos Cafandeacute;andquot; of Renato / Interview by Ifeoma C. K. Nwankwo 89

Muandeacute;velo (Move It!): From Panama to New York and Back Again, the Story of El General / Interview by Christoph Twickel 99

Part III. (Trans)Local Studies and Ethnographies

Policing Morality, Mano Dura Stylee: The Case of Underground Rap and Reggae in Puerto Rico in the Mid-1990s / Raquel Z. Rivera 111

Dominicans in the Mix: Reflections on Dominican Identity, Race, and Reggaeton / Deborah Pacini Hernandezq 135

The Politics of Dancing: Reggaetandoacute;n and Rap in Havana / Geoff Baker 165

You Got Your Reggaetandoacute;n in my Hip-Hop: Crunkiao and andquot;Spanish Musicandquot; in the Miami Urban Scene / Jose Davila 200

Part IV. Visualizing Reggaeton

Visualizing Reggaeton: Editors' Notes / Wayne Marshall and Raquel Z. Rivera 215

Images by Miguel Luciano 218

Images by Carolina Caycedo 221

Images by Kacho Landoacute;pez 222

Part V. Gendering Reggaeton

(W)rapped in Foil: Glory at Twelve Words a Minute / Fandeacute;lix Jimandeacute;nez 229

A Man Lives Here: Reggaeton's Hypermasculine Resident / Alfredo Nieves Moreno 252

How to Make Love with Your Clothes On: Dancing Regeton, Gender, and Sexuality in Cuba / Jan Fairley 280

Part VI. Reggaeton's Poetics, Politics, and Aesthetics

Chamaco's Corner / Gallego (Josandeacute; Raanduacute;l Gonzandaacute;lez) 297

Salon Philosophers: Ivy Queen and Surprise Guests Take Reggaetandoacute;n Aside / Alexandra T. Vazquez 300

From Hip-Hop to Reggaeton: Is There Only a Step? / Welmo Romero Joseph 312

Black Pride / Tego Calderandoacute;n 324

Poetry of Filth: The (Post) Reggaetonic Lyrics of Calle 13 / Frances Negrandoacute;n-Muntaner 327

Bibliography: Selected Sources for Reading Reggaeton 341

Index 345

Product Details

Rivera, Raquel Z.
Duke University Press
Rivera, Raquel
Marshall, Wayne
Pacini Hernandez, Deborah
Flores, Juan
Kun, Josh
Hernandez, Deborah Pacini
Marshall, Wayne
Radano, Ronald
History and criticism
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Genres & Styles - Latin
Genres & Styles - Rap & Hip Hop
Reggaeton - History and criticism
Genres & Styles - Reggae
Music-Reggae and Ska
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