Puerto Rican / Panamanian spin-off of reggae
music, being these two countries the main hubs of mass production / distribution of Reggaeton. It borrows a lot of graphical / sound cues from gangsta rap
and mixes them down with percussive, abrasive variations of dancehall
reggae. Melodies are usually minimal, there is a liberal use of samples from pop tunes and sound effects (siren, etc) and drum machines rather than analog percussions are used.
Reggaeton's lyrics usually are in the same ground as those of gangsta rap: Mentions of women -often in a sexual/misogynist sense- drugs, gangs, sex and double entendres abound, yet youngster-oriented radio stations in Puerto Rico and Central America somehow get away with it, broadcasting Reggaeton practically 24/7, given its big popularity across kids in the area.
Three things you will usually find together in my hometown: Ricer
s, gangsters and Reggaeton.