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Reggaeton is characterized by rough, monotone rapping (in Spanish) and driving dancehall riddims, and it's rapidly becoming the dance music of choice for a generation of young Latinos. While only recognized as a style in the 1990s, reggaeton has its roots in the '70s, when Jamaican workers moved to Panama to work on the canal and brought reggae music with them. Reggae's popularity grew in Central America and the Caribbean at the same time that American rap was finding its way south. The landmark development came in 1985, when Vico C released Puerto Rico's first Spanish-language rap album. It was only a matter of time before producers linked Latin rap with Jamaica's hard dancehall sounds. All they needed was to add a few native Puerto Rican touches like the bomba and plena rhythms (better known from salsa), and presto: a new genre. Reggaeton finally spilled over Puerto Rico's borders in the 21st century, as artists like Tego Calderon, Don Omar, Ivy Queen and Hector y Tito gained currency abroad. Even boy bands like Aventura climbed aboard the bandwagon, emulating a defanged reggaeton and signaling the genre's growing appeal.
Reggaeton Artists: Daddy Yankee, Tito El Bambino, Don Omar, Calle 13, Don Chezina, El General, Hector y Tito, Ivy Queen, Rey Pirin, Vico C, Tego Calderon, Wisin y Yandel, Luny Tunes, Casa De Leones, Renato, Alexis y Fido, Angel y Khriz, Jowell y Randy, RKM y Ken-Y, Yaga y Mackie, Zion y Lennox, Nicky Jam, Franco El Gorilla, Plan B, Don Miguelo, O.G. Black
by ♫ Highway to Hell ♫ October 05, 2009
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Reggaeton is a Puerto Rican based style of beats which was actually originated in Panama (El General). The beat then evolved from there and it is now cosidered a favorite music by Boricuas. The beat itself is simple and follows the following pattern: A A B...or Tap Tap Bass. Though most of the lyrics which modern-day reggaeton artist use sexist and repetative, some artists use it for love songs and to express how they feel about a special woman aka mami chula.
Some examples of reggaeton artists are:

Daddy Yankee
Nicky Jam
Eddie Dee
Johnny Prez

Smooth reggaeton artist who speak of love not sex, are:

Don Omar
Zion y Lennox
Many more
by David aka Jessica's Papi chulo October 27, 2004
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Reggaeton is the most popular music in Latin America, as well as a huge youth-based cultural phenomenon. It is not a form of Spanish Reggae, but instead an evolution of the modern Jamaican popular music, called dancehall. Upon listening to both dancehall and reggaeton songs, the similarity becomes obvious. Reggaeton also can draw influences from Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, Vallenato, and House, and combine these forms of music in a new and unique way. It is this mix of different styles found throughout latin america that continues to drive the music forward and keep it from becoming overly repetetive.

Reggaeton is based upon the "Dem-Bow" beat. Though many westerners may critique the music for hoving the same beat in every song, the fact is, this is the same as any form of latin music. Every salsa song has the same rhythm, as does every cumbia, every merengue, etc... Any music intended specifically for dancing, as reggaeton is, will always have the same beat to make it easier and more fun to dance to.

Also, though many reggaeton songs have explicit lyrics, this is only one form of the genre, called "Perreo," which is usually accompanied by a form of grinding which goes by the same name. However, there are other forms of reggaeton: "Bachateo" and "Romantico" are two of the most common, both typically based around love. Reggaeton can be danced fast, slow, in pairs, or even single.

Most reggaeton is based in Puerto Rico, but many productions also come out of the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Panama, and certain parts of the United States (most notably, New York City). The music is extremely popular throughout Latin America, though less so in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Mexico.

Some famous reggaeton artists:

Daddy Yankee is the most famous artist at the moment. His huge hit "Gasolina," was followed by songs such as "Lo Que Paso Paso", "Rompe", "Machucando", and "Mirame." Most of his songs are in the perreo style.

Don Omar sings more emotional songs, often in the "bachateo" style. Some hits are "Pobre Diabla", "Reggaeton Latino", "Dale don Dale", and "Cuentale."

Other famous artists include Wisin y Yandel, Tego Calderon, Zion y Lennox, Tito el Bambino, Hector el Father, Calle 13, Vico C, Ivy Queen, Khriz y Angel, and Rakim y Ken-Y.
by Callejero July 29, 2006
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THE MOST fucking retarded music in the world, ay i'm cuban and i love latin music but this is just fucking wothless, its got tha same damn beat in ever fukin song and dnt gimme that shit bout "reggaeton love songs" thats bullshit! the song will be over the same beat bout them dumbasses talkin bout the same shit. Plain out..this reggaeton shit is just a passing fad, no fukin Reggaeton Forever type shit for me
Girl #1: Gasloina!!! i love reggaeton!
Me: STFU, look at the gas prices and you're singing some fukin stupid gasoline song....kids these days with their tone deaf ears
by pattycake January 04, 2006
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Imagine Rap raped Reggae and they had a retarded child, that's more or less what Reggaeton is, it is also the source of most of the social and cultural problems of latin america and and the only way stupid bad boys can be rich legally without going to school.

It's dance is, in a few words, raping a woman wih your clothes on.

I doubt you will find a positive comment about reggaeton here as the people that listen to it use internet just for downloading music and Facebook.
Reggaeton is the only drug you comsume with the ears.
by HelpYourself May 30, 2010
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A type of music which mostly originated from Puerto Rico. Ironic, though, that it's called REGGAEton when it sounds almost nothing like actual reggae. It's more like rap with Spanish vocals.

But anyway... it is a type of music where:
1. Every song has the same beat
2. Every artist sounds the same
3. Every song is about the same thing: Women

Seriously, just listen to ONE reggaeton song and you've heard every single song in the universe. There is absolutely nothing that makes one song any different from another except for the lyrics themselves, which don't even matter because every artist basically sounds the same - uses the same vocal style and uses the same subject matter. It has even less variety than rap, which is sad indeed.

Is usually played at dance parties to get all the people to dance, which is mostly the only reason why it's popular - because it's dance music. You really can't use reggaeton for anything else other than dancing, because if you actually LISTEN to it, trust me - you're not gonna find anything new.
Do you want to make stupid people dance? Just get one reggaeton song - ANY song. It'll work. Don't bother trying to look for something specific - you'll get the same result in any other song. But reggaeton sucks anyway.
by SomeBadJoke August 22, 2006
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The reason alot of latinos/latinas get pregnant before they turn 15. but its also a sexy type of dance where the guy pretty much stands there and watches to girl grind her ass on your penis. and it also has repetitive sexist lyrics which sets the mood.
example of reggaeton lyrics.

Daddy yankee: mueve el culo mami mueve el culo mami mueve el culo mami mueve el culo mami te voy a meter el pito mami te voy a meter el pito mami te voy a meter el pito mami perrea perrea perrea mami
by BigJoe13 May 22, 2009
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