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Daddy’s House

What a fucking inane article!


We’re not sure where Daddy Yankee got his name, but he must be regretting it by now. For someone so dedicated to keeping his family life separate from his celebrity status, he doesn’t complain about hearing both his son and crowds of teenage girls scream “Daddy.”

Uh, sure. First, his son probably calls him “papi”, second, that’s ridiculous. Third. go fucking look up the origins of the man’s stage name.

But then, the “Big Boss” has always been an erratic parent. Every other interview, the father of reggaeton likes to emphasize that his latest album is “not just reggaeton.”

First, homey didn’t father reggaeton.Second, his cd ISN’T just reggaeton and for fans of reggaeton, selling it as if it were ole school would be a mistake.

We know you’ve got your own fragrance these days, but don’t be so quick to disown the barrio style, Daddy. The music you sired may be responsible for a lot of unwanted pregnancies, but it just needs a little guidance.

Um, I guess he is trying to stick with the theme of DY as “Daddy”, but that’s just stupid.
He sired the music? Its responsible for a lot of unwanted pregnancies? WTF?

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Ok, it doesn’t quite rhyme. But I like it, so it stays.

I like the term “apocalyptic reggaeton” to describe this variant of the genre. The sound is pretty aggressive with a lot of sonic references to horror movies, sci-fi movies and war. Gunfire, marching, sirens etc.. You know what I mean, Don Omar in his Mad Max outfit. Actually, thats a bit Post Apocalyptic. I’m thinking full on Urban Techno War Zone here.

I don’t watch tv much, or movies for that matter. But even I get the references and when I hear this, I see the cyborg armies and roaming band of warriors.

When I’m frustrated or angry  this is what I play. Headbanging reggaeton style.

So, here you go, in the interest of education, I post some of my favorite hard hitting super aggressive reggaeton mp3s.

Apocalypse Dembow

Don Omar, Tego Calderon , Wisin y Yandel- La Calle Me Llama

(A version of this is song 1 on my iPod and if I forget to select a playlist, my alarmclock plays this to wake me up in the mornings. I’d never paid much attention, but the lyrics are appropriate. “…quisiera quedarme, pero la calle me llama”.)

Franco “El Gorila”- Duro Mueven

Baby Rasta y Nengo Flow- Tirale

Dalmata- Nos Matamos

Arcangel- El Pistolon Remix

Brugal- Creo que Conmigo Jugaste

High Rollers Family- El Poder del Jefe

Manny Yow- Ella Se Acelera

Albert y Esquizo- Paramelo Ahi

How about some Q & A? You dont have to answer, of course, but I like to ponder such things.

What age and gender do you imagine the artists to be?

Nationality? Race? Income level?

What age, gender and nationality do they presume their audience to be?

Would my grandmother or a 5 year old from rural China respond to this like I do, or is the feel totally due to context? I can’t imagine anyone taking this to be HAPPY music, but does it sound inherently bellicose or do years of listening to sci-fi and horror soundtracks and watching Terminator movies train me to hear it that way?

Does my 12 year old daughter hear it like I do, or is it just a lot of random noise? I’m old enough that I hear/see Blade Runner, Gotham City and Dick Tracy. I suspect my young friends hear movies so new I cant even begin to name them!

I dont have the answers, but I like to ask the questions!! Why? Dunno.

Well, I wrote this post last week, but I read this morning about someone who made a physics rap song its huge on Youtube.”Rap and physics are culturally miles apart,” McAlpine, a science writer at CERN, wrote to the Lansing State Journal in an e-mail last week, “and I find it amusing to try and throw them together.”

And on one hand, I felt her 100%. Cute. On the other, I felt that there was sort of a cascade of meaning, if that makes any sense. If physics and rap are culturally far apart, does that not also imply that rappers and physicists are worlds apart? Does that also imply that rap fans and physicists are worlds apart? Is the humor, which stems from the juxtaposition of 2 concepts that seem to be polar opposites, a bit arrogant and racist?

I listen to reggaeton. I used to listen to rap. I am a female. I have a degree in Computer Science and I, while certainly no physicist, am rather science oriented. As is my architect, hiphop loving brother. And my pool playing “motherfucker” spouting engineer father. Perhaps one of us would find it intriguing to make a rap about architecture or engineering- computer or otherwise. But to fill a niche, to combine our interests, NOT to make it a Talking Dog sort of spectacle. You know- the content is forgettable, the delivery nothing special, but ITS A TALKING DOG? Thats FUNNY!!!

If it is funny because no one would ever think to combine rap and physics, because of the ABSURDITY of a rapper rapping about physics OR a physicists discussing his science in rap I sort of find it a tiny bit offensive. It um, it feels like blackface to me. And I don’t like it. If she hadn’t made that comment, I probably would be merely amused. “Look, someone likes rap and physics and combined the two”. But because she framed it as if the idea of the 2 things occuring together in nature were sooooo strange- meh. I dislike it. By extension, I hear her saying that I am strange and an anomaly. I dont like what that implies.

Mind you, I am looking for things to take offense at! Its what I do,so don’t go complaining that all I do is complain (unless that is what you do as well, and then really you should understand).

Well, now that I have found a way to post some free reggaeton mp3s to download and wonder about the cultural references and context of those songs AND complain about that news story and people in general, I’m content to end this post. Enjoy the music, unless you’re a namby pamby 80 year old pacifist woman.

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Hmm, interesting article from the BIllboard en Espanol blogger Ian Malinaw..  I enjoy some of the more electronic/techno reggaeton. But so far, I dont like the new Daddy Yankee release, Talento de Barrio.

But what the hell is this guy talking about

So when reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee released earlier this summer “Pose,” his newest single from the soundtrack of the movie that he produced and starred, “Talento de Barrio” (due out this month), I was relieved because I know that he opened the doors for the genre’s evolution.
With the new cut – a spicy fusion of electro-dance-pop and hip hop – the self-proclaimed reggaeton king left ‘dembow’ behind and embraced a modern music blend that’s burning charts everywhere, taking the genre to new musical heights as he puts it on the world map.
The result: La crème de la crème of reggaeton – Wisin y Yandel, Don Omar, Hector “El Father,” to cite a few – are following in his footsteps and this in turn is creating a new, successful hybrid brew driven by electro-dance beats that is also drawing a broader audience.

Daddy Yankee opened the door for the evolution? Um, ok. This is not the first electrotechnodancedembow song ever and nor the first one in recent years.

Wisin and WHO are following in his footsteps? I think the author has his timeline all wrong.

As reggaeton’s top ambassador, though, the interpreter of the mega hit “Gasolina” carries the torch of the urban movement and is in charge of its future, making sure it remains up-to-date and relevant to a whole new generation of music fans.

Ya know what Im gonna say, go play Arcangel or someone. But really, DY??

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