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, salsa, bachata, bolero 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 Spanish. It further transformed with the likes of Don Chezina, Vico C, Las Guanabanas, DJ Blass, DJ Playero, and other Puerto ricans and Dominicans who discovered this then-emerging genre, and began rapping instead of toasting.

Singles from the next millenium broke Reggaeton into the mainstream music scene, such as Panamanian rapper Lorna's "Papi Chulo (Te Traigo el Mmm)" and half- Puerto Rican N.O.R.E. (also known Noreaga)'s "Oye Mi Canto" (featuring Nina sky, Daddy Yankee, and Gemstar and Big Mato).

Finally, Daddy Yankee's tremendously successful song "Gasolina" (written by Eddie Dee and produced by Luny Tunes) reached #1 in the United States Latin music charts, and then gained huge acclaim in Colombia, Mexico, Italy, France, the UK, and Germany.

At various stages, Reggaeton has been known as "Musica underground", "Dembow", "Spanish dancehall", or "Reggae en espanol", but was then finally known as its current name in the early 2000s.

Related genres similar to reggaeton include Salsaton, Merenhouse, Bachateo, and Bhangraton. Reggaeton is like, but not synonymous to, Latin rap. This is because Latin rap defines any rap recorded by artists of Hispanic or Spanish-speaking descent who rap in either Spanish, English or both, where reggaeton has specific influences and is mainly classified by the previously stated Dembow beat.

Today, Reggaeton has gained popularity and is being much experimented with throughout Latin America, especially in countries like Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, it is one of the most plagiarized genres in the music industry.

Some prominent reggaeton artists and producers or artists that have experimented with the genre (not listed in sequence of importance) include Daddy Yankee, Wisin and Yandel, Tego Calderon, Calle 13, Bimbo, Nicky Jam, Luny Tunes, Don Omar, Eliel, Pescozada, El Chombo, Ariel, Casper, DJ Playero, Don Miguelo, Kartier, Tony Dize, El Rubiote, Franco "El Gorilla", El Sensei, Rafy Mercenario, Rakim y Ken-y, Cheka, Yomo, Naldo, Lito y Polaco, Zion y Lennox, Voltio, Hector El Father, Tito El Bambino, Trebol Clan, Ingco Crew, Baby Rasta, Gringo, Arcangel, Tainy, Plan B, Alexis y Fido, John Eric, El General, Lorna, Killer Ranks, Wise, Big Boy, Eddie Dee, Angel y Khriz, Tony Dize, Johnny Prez, Fulanito, Gem star and Big Mato, Vico C, Ivy Queen, Tony Touch, Don Chezina, El General, D'Mingo, Heavy Clan, DJ Pollo, Magnate and Valentino, Baby Ranks, Sasha, Speedy, La Sista, and others.
Reggaeton can be heard on songs such as:

"Gasolina"
"Chulin Culin Chunfly"
"Dile"
"Oye Mi Canto"
"Quiero Bailar"
"Papi Chulo"
"Rakata"
"Dat Sexy Body"
"Reggaeton Latino"
"Papi te Quiero"
"Cuando Baila Reggaeton"
"Que Se Tiren"
"Pa' Que Retozen"
"Para Mi Barrio (Reggaeton Mix)"
"Con Rabia"
"A Que No a Treves"
"Tra Tra Tra"
"Lo Que Paso Paso"
"Dejala Volar"
"Caramelo"
"Ella no te quiere"
"Cuerpo a Cuerpo"
"Ponte de Pie"
"Eso Ehh...!"
"Verme"
"El Telefono"

Keep in mind that these are only some of the songs that give a good example.

Some albums that mostly feature reggaeton include:

Daddy Yankee's "Barrio Fino" (or the live version, Barrio Fino en Directo")
Don Omar's "The Last Don"
Ivy Queen's "Diva"
Don Chezina's "Reggaeton Revolucion"
Luny Tunes's "King of the Beats", "Mas Flow: The Beginning", "Mas Flow 2", "Mas Flow 2.5", and "Mas Flow: Los Benjamins", which feature other reggaeton artists
Heavy Clan's "Cuerpo a Cuerpo"
Hector El Father's "The Bad Boy"
Tito el Bambino's "Top of the Line"
Rakim and Ken-y's "Masterpiece"
Wisin and Yandel's "Pa'l Mundo", and "Wisin y Yandel Presentan: Los Vaqueros"
Andy Montanez's "Salsaton: Salsa con Reggaeton"
Alexis and Fido's "The Pitbulls"
Voltio's self titled album, "Voltio"
Baby Rasta y Gringo's "Sentenciados"

Some (only some) Reggaeton compilations are:

"Sangre Nueva (Special Edition)"
"Los Rompe Discotekas"
"Gargolas-The Next Generation"
"Abusando del Genero"
"Reggaeton Hitmakers"
"Reggaeton Fury"
"Chosen Few: El Documental"
"100% Dominicano: La Nueva Sangre del Reggaeton"
"Dancehall Reggaespanol" (shows a more primitive form of Reggaeton)

Some Reggaeton record labels are:
Machete Music
Buddha's Family
Pina Records
Sangre Nueva Music
El Cartel Records
RB Entertainmet
Alex Music
Tommy Boy Entertainment
Don Ricardo Garcia international
by Gringostyle January 05, 2007
- Stupid ignorant gringo who doesn't speak spanish: Reggaeton is a music that is only about degrading women, and promotes the use of drugs and alcohol. And all the songs are retarded .For example, Daddy Yankee has a retarded song and all he says is "I want gasoline" wtf is that supossed to mean

- Me: Yah,its probably true in some cases, but have u ever heard of DJ Playero? The Noise? Vico C? La Industria? Have u bothered in doing some research u dumb shit. And btw, when he says "Gasolina" he means sex, u idiot.
- I wont put a definition. Just get some of the DJ Playero's productions : Playero 40 and 41. And Vico C old stuff. Those are good examples of good Reggaeton. And please at least learn how to speak spanish before talking trash about reggaeton. Do yourself a favor and don't look like and idiot trying to make fun of something you don't even understand.
by DominiKan March 25, 2006
A whole genre of music that consists of one single beat, reggaeton is a first of its kind. Reggaeton is probably the only genre of "music" that contains "songs" that can only be distinguished from each other by the lyrics (when they can be understood). "Songs" consist mainly of the universal reggaeton beat, an angry puerto rican yelling about something, and an annoying air horn sound.

Note: This music genre will be short lived, so get as much as you can now. I predict that this fad will end in 4 - 5 months (which is not soon enough).
All of those $9.99 Reggaeton CD's that only people with no taste in music buy.
by X The Eliminator September 18, 2005
reggaeton is a party type of music dat has a good bass and its like spanish rap/ hip hop mixed witht the reggae beat. Its what most young Hispanic and latinos listen to.
Some examples of da best reggaeton rappers are Nicky Jam, Hector y Tito (los bambinos), Voltio, Tego C., Yaviah, Yaga y Mackie Ranks, Don Omar, Wisin y Yandel, Zion y Lennox, Rakim y Ken-y, Lito y Polaco, Daddy Yankee, Tempo, Getto, Gastan, and Tony Dize
by KikO March 18, 2005
spanish music.

u either like it or you dont. if you do great if u dont oh well.

alot of people think its spanish rap but its not. spanish rap is waaaay diferent. reggaeton has a more caribbean feel to it than spanish rap. thats why its called REGGAEton
what do u listen to?

reggaeton all the way
by sexii love October 03, 2006
Reggaeton is a Puerto Rican mixture of dancehall and hip-hop. I really don't like it but girls like it since you can dance to it. They often play a little reggaeton on the radio Friday nights on the premier rap/r&b station around where I live. I can't understand what they say but it is most likely about girls and dancing.
Reggaeton is an overrated genre made that has recently gone more commercial. It has gotten to the point that NORE makes reggaeton songs and Lil' Jon has a reggaeton remix of "Gon' Do Shit" with Daddy Yankee.
by hasafienda January 06, 2005
Reggeaton is an Spanish kinda of Rap, That uses Two chorus and Three verses. Reggeaton is a mix of the 1988's Erotic Salsa, From Jamaican Reggae, Newyorker/Jamaican Hip-hop/Rap, All combined with the Batteries "Kick and Snare" and a Annoying Repetive Rhytym called: "Dem bow" Repeats the same chorus around Five times, using the Dem bow in order to Hypnotize people into it. Some countries have banned some of the sexual songs of reggeaton, Countries like Columbia and Republica domincana.
Reggeaton artists(The most populars in PR)

Daddy Yankee
Don Omar
Hector "El bambino"

Semi-Popular:
Julio voltio
Tego calderon


The parents of rap in PR:
Ivy queen
Vico-C
Lisa M(now retired)

Banned songs in RD:
"La Popola" Sang by Glory(Since Popola in some parts of RD means Vagina)

Lyrics:
Ahi, No me des mas Na' que me duele la Popola, Ahi dale por atras que me duele la Popola, Dale por alla pa' que descanse la popola.

Translation:
Ah! Don't bang me no more, That my Popola hurts, Ah bang me from behind that My Popola hurts, Bang from over there so My popola can rest.
by El Boricua June 03, 2005
I'm sorry for most of the confusion people have now a days, but reggaton didn't originate from Panama. When Boricuas first started singing Perreo or Dembow they called it reggaton because it was much easier to say and the word perreo sounded too street. Back in Panama, when the people heard this, they rebelled and said that Puerto Rico had taken their music, but really it was different. Panama just had a way different type of beat also called reggaeton. In conclusion, reggaton is just a name, not the beat of the music.
Panameno: "Hey, those Puerto Ricans stole our reggaeton!"
Boricua: "No we didn't that's perreo, we just named it reggaeton. It's not the same beat anyways."
Panameno: "Oh"
by ananana July 02, 2007

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