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Got a craving for some latin flavor? Indulge yourself here. I will just warn you, when accepting Leche, Salchica or even a Paleta from a Dominican singer, be sure you know what is being offered.

El Gran Combo with Arroz con Habichuelas

Raulin Rodriguez bringing the flavor of Arroz con Leche

A taste of Cuba- Irakere and Bacalo con Pan

More EGC, Azuquita pal Cafe

And El Menu

Jossie Esteban and El Salchichon

Chupa La Paleta! Oro Solido. Oro WHO? Oro Solido.

Y Hasta las quince- Oro Solido and La Leche

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I have to give props to the young Dominican American brothers, they are fucking DOING it! Magic Juan, Xtreme, Fulanito, Aventura, Oro Solido, Proyecto Uno. When I look at “latin” music made in the US, it seems that the Dominicanos are the ones who have been mixing it up and putting out the best shit.If we go beyond the mainland and count PR we have 2 words to remember- “Luny Tunes”. Make it 3 words and add “bachaton”.

Lets talk Arroz con Beans- all of the songs below are great mixtures of more traditional Dominican forms of music and black American music from the US.
(I cant remember where to add the quotation marks as most Dominicans, regarless of birthplace or residence, are “black Americans” some identify as African American which can make it harder to describe. Are HipHop merengue and urban bachata blends of Dominican music and African American music or are they African American music in Spanish? I am one of the people who doesn’t want to ignore the latin roots, but who believes also that black latin music made in the US deserves recognition as being part of the black popular music tradition. Salsa, latin jazz, bugalu, merengue hiphop, reggaeton, latin freestyle urban bachata all should be recognized along with jazz, soul, hiphop, dance music and so forth)

El Tiburon

Guallando.

Pecho a Pechuga

Oro Who? Oro solido!!

Maria? Maria Se Fue!

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I am SO glad to see Yaviah back on the scene!

Me La Llevo– Wisin y Yandel, Franco El Gorila and Yaviah- 4*
This shit is hot.There is still a techno feel and some vocorder action going, but its not as beat deprived as the stuff from their last cd. And Franco is delivering the cock diesel vocals as always. Plus Yaviah is there as sexy as ever. Very good song for dancing.

Jangueo y Aventura- Arcangel, Nengo Flow, Yaga y Mackie, Guayo Man & OG Black 4*
This one is sort of iffy, it takes a few for me to get into it, but once I do its on. La Maravilla is the best on the track, IMO.

Ganas de Ti Merengue Version- Arcangel f Los Galaktikos 4*
Mr Breathless is singing some merengue and it has a bit of a disco hustle feel. I’m pegging the beat as Dominican rather than Puerto Rican. Actually,its got a New York Dominican feel to it. He totally sounds like a girl and this totally sounds like the late 70’s or 80’s to me. Maybe this is his mom singing.

Do I detect some Funky Drummer in there?

Perfecto – Wisin y Yandel, Ivy Queen f Yaviah 3.5*
Yaviah is doin’ his thang. A lil more vocorder than I’d like though. And I’m getting tired of the spacey sound and would like a lil more organic in the skreets of the 3rd world BASS.

Ahora Es Remix Wisin & Yandel f Bimbo 4*
Bimbo is like Franco, he brings it but I wouldn’t let either one back me into a dark corner at a club, you know what I mean? Some shit is best when its kept on wax and off the streets. This is a pretty good club anthem, but Bimbo doesn’t really add anything to it.

Descara Remix- Yomo, Jowell and Randy. Guelo Star and De La Ghetto. 4*
Is this the new Mayor Que Yo? Are there going to be 12 remixes of this with every artist in PR adding a verse? I’m down.

La Loca- MJ 3*
Slow tempo, heavy beats, interesting flow. Nothing new or novel about it, but sometimes you want beans, sometimes rice. This is rice, a solid addition to my collection, good for listening to as I do other things.

El Amor- Tito El Bambino 4*
Shit, I don’t know whats wrong with me. I mean, it has like sparkly fairy dust sounds, violins swelling and blossoming into a Love Boat-esque explosion of love and happiness and shit. Oh wait, its cumbia (merencumbia?) I hadn’t noticed since I think of him as a reggaeton artist. My god this is like a 70’s disco song, it sounds like Disco + TransEurope Express *choo choo choo chook*. Do the Hustle!!! But I like!!

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“maria lola vete”
well, maria lola se fue
Grupo Mania is on fire. Now, they had a few missteps with their last few cds, but they seem back on track. No pun intended.

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Is this a reaction to the new Wisin y Yandel and DY cds? Lets go back, way back but in the other direction. Less “ethereal” and more dirt and funk?
If I have to choose between the image of dancing hot and sweaty in some shack near the sand, or in a club with lots of flashing lights, I pick the former. Musically, I sort of like the new stuff but emotionally, it doesnt resonate as well as the stuff that brings to mind straight up nasty parties and cut off denim shorts.

Perreo Puro by Franco “El Gorila”, a piece of stripped down old school reggaeton. I like Franco because he pretty much hollers his entire performances.


Here’s El Castigo by Magnate and Valentino from Quimica Perfecta, seems they decided to throw in a bit of da ole school as well. I think its kinda hot. Kinda. Most of the vocals are so breathy and lacking in percussion that i lose interest, but the music is sort of slinky.That old school break, which some kids seem to hate, is the best part of the song to me.

Nely, El Arma Secreta has an instrumental of his Dirty Beat. Its rather nasty, I like it. He was born my senior year in high school. What is goin on?

Villano Sam Yo Quiero Una Morena

I suspect this will grow on me, or I will hate it. Right now I am torn, I dont like the rap parts too much right now, but the Dominican flow is one that creeps on me slowly, so I will give it time. Im feeling the music. I also sort of like vocorder type shit.

A song by Villano Sam and Vakero out of La Republica, dedicated to Obama. I’m not quite sure if I like the singing, but its growing on me. I can appreciate the sentiments expressed.

Voltio y Mas Loca Por Su Tiguere

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