(reg-e-tone) Noun: Latin American music from the Caribbean consisting of drum instruments and solo beats and percussion instruments on a fixed musical rhythm, often repeated. Bona fide reggeton music requisites to have the same beat consistently on EVERY song in order to be considered reggeton. Its origins of reggeton come from Africa as using a variety of drums to create a rather addicting rhythm then later transferred to Jamaica to create its modern day grassroots of reggeton known as reggae and ragga--common but distinct types of Caribbean music. From the influence of both reggae and other Latin American music such as merengue, salsa, bachata, and many more, have formed a mixture of these to form reggeton . New generation reggeton also has bits of hip-hop and rap as well often made fashionable by young kids and adolescents and very popular among Puerto Ricans and Cubans.
The music is becoming very well-liked now then it was years ago despite its long history as it first started in many clubs in Puerto Rico and expanded to nearby islands until it reached the USA. Nowadays, many diverse people from different cultures listen to reggeton including people who origins are from but NOT limited to: Mexico, Honduras, Columbia, Panama, Brazil, Chile, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, El Salvador, and Dominican republic.
For some, regetton means Spanish rap which in reality it is not actual rap. Rap has its different rules that are different from reggeton. Although the music is mostly Spanish-speaking it also has bits of English as well. For some, this type of music is the best music ever while some think it is bad and lacks rhythm, and truly makes the music laughable as some say it is an insult to the real music of the Caribbean.
Perreo is an erotic dance sequence that involves mostly female to dance as if they are receiving anal sex while the males delivers. This very provocative dance is often associated with reggeton. In many clubs, reggeton has many members since very scandalous clad females are ready to shake their @$$. No wonder reggeton always has its place in a DJ’s CD collection.
How long reggeton will survive is a mystery but everyday, there are more fans around the world loving this single and unique music.
Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Lion y Lenox, and Tego Calderon are popular reggeton artists.