Reggaeton (also spelled Regueton or with an accent) is a Latin style of music. Reggaeton is Panamanian, but has grown to be more associated with "Boricuas" (Puerto Ricans), some claiming the genre as their own. It is characterized by a certain beat called "dem bow", which is a traditional Carribean beat but was first popularized by dancehall
musician Shabba Ranks
's song with a title of the same name. An example of the beat can be heard on that song or simply defined as A-A-B (or ch-ch-bass) or B-B-A (bass, bass, ch). Its influences include Hip hop, techno and Reggae dancehall, and touches of merengue
and other Latin music can be featured. Unlike reggae, it does not use "riddims", instrumentals created by producers who can be used by any artists, most of the time, but exceptions can be made, such as Deejay Sasha and Ivy Queen's "Dat Sexy Body", which uses the Bookshelf Riddim originating from Reggae dancehall artist Beenie Man.
After Raggamuffin (dancehall) deejays from Panama including El General and Black Apache experimented with the same beat, they began "toasting" over it (a kind of Jamaican-style rapping which occurs when talking, rhyming, or singing is done over a beat) in Spani...
The word "gringo" (feminine "gringa") can take on many definitions. Some include:
1. A Spanish word for a white
person of non-mixed European heritage. Not to be confused with "gachupin", a word for people with Spanish or Portuguese heritage. Can be used both as a term of endearment or a pejorative.
2. A term Latinos use to describe or nickname a friend with noticable European characteristics, such as fair skin/hair or green/blue eyes, or one that is actually white.
3. "Gringa" can mean a Mexican taco
made with spicy pork and a flour tortilla (which is white), served with a variety of salsa.
4. In many parts Latin america, it can mean a person specifically from the U.S.A. or Northern America.
5. Adjective used to describe something that is European.
6. A former member of reggaeton
group Baby Rasta y Gringo, now known as a solo artist.
7. A Spanish techno artist.
8. Can also simply mean a "foreigner".
Positive: In Salvadoran rap group Pescozada's release of Dialectos nativos, rapper Joaquin Santos was referred to as a "gringo", even though he was present and actually collaborating with the group.
Negative: "Get away from me, gringo!"
"Don't trust those gringos."
Food: Which restaurant has the best gringa?
Adjective: I'm a little alien to your gringo ways. Could you please explain them a little more?