Commonly considered noise, Reggaeton's reputation is off to a bad start here in the States. Close-minded english-speaking people with maybe two years' worth of high school spanish under their belt are quick to reject this new genre. Reggaeton evolved from both Reggae and Jamaican Dancehall music. So, it's a dancing genre, like the waltz or salsa or tango. Because it's a dancing genre, the beat is the same tap-tap-bass in almost every song.

Most people discard the genre based on that fact alone. And that's just silly, seeing as the ever-popular bubble-gum pop has the same boom-boom-tap beat. Which, when you think about it, sounds pretty similar to the Reggaeton beat. And for you ravers out there who also balk at this genre: Drum-N-Bass? Trance? Happy Hardcore? Boom-hiss Boom-hiss. HULLO! Trance is just as repetitive in it's beats as Reggaeton. I listen to techno, and that beat in every song I realized actually helps me appreciate the music AND slip into the trance the music was designed to make me. Reggaeton's beat does the EXACT. SAME. THING.

Next: Lyrics. Yes, some of them are sexist and crude. But let's face it, this is America, we can't even listen to Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" without getting our panties in a twist. Also, Ludacris, anyone? Yeah, his stuff's pretty nasty, too. But you guys still listen to him! Oh yeah, Ying Yang Twins, Lil' John, all those idiots rap about fucking drunk girls brains out, regardless, "Get Low" is still played at every high school dance without fail. It's really easy to say that rap is sexist and crass and inappropriate. But it isn't completely. Usher, LL Cool-J, Ne-yo, P.Diddy all sing or rap about love or just clubbing and having a good time. Reggaeton's exactly the same. Just because Reggaeton's banner boy Daddy Yankee has a dirty mouth, don't dismiss the genre. Some of these guys (and girls like Ivy Queen) have good voices and nice lyrics.

So before you condemn Reggaeton, look up these artists:

Rakim y Ken-y
Don Omar
Hector El Father
Baby Rasta.
So before you condemn Reggaeton, look up these artists:

Rakim y Ken-y
Don Omar
Hector El Father
Baby Rasta.
by Gracious April 26, 2007
A cross between bad nigger-club music and even worse beaner-club music to form the absolute lowest form of noise: Jungle-Beaner music. Jungle-Beaners, also known as Spickaboos, originated from the offspring of uneducated jungle monkeys and foul-smelling wet-backs. This new filthy abomination then took an enormous shit, forced it onto a compact disk and sold it to both gorillas and wet-backs.
Hey, did you hear that new Reggaeton album?

No, I'm not a Jungle-Beaner. Kill yourself.
by Walter_Sobchack July 11, 2009
A bullshit that affects people minds with extremely bad and disgusting words and actions. And it is not the tipycal "music" of central america an caribean, it's the typical NOISE!!! of the people that doesn't know anything about music.
Reggaeton Realy Sucks
by josemiguel December 04, 2007
a shitty genre of music that originated in Puerto Rico. often features shitty spanglish rapping over a generic beat.

fuck reggaeton....death metal/grindcore forever!
by CrushYourSoul February 27, 2006
The worst "music" invented by human kind that only talks about how to get a women in bed and do her and how there all gangsta which they aren't.. They try to copy off of reggae, salsa, rap and a whole bunch of other orginal music styles....This is also disrespectful to themselves and the world. it uses the same beat and they try to sing with hip hop artist to get more credit and respect. And wannabe daddy yankees always blast it because they think its the coolest shit but don't know what the hell there saying in the song
Daddy Yankee
R.K.M y Ken-Y

Reggaeton has a whole bunch of other bullshit people i wipe my ass with
by Juan Fernando December 29, 2007
A type of music mostly popular in the Latino countries as well as the U.S.A. Reggaeton is said to be "half rap;half reggae.

In my opinion, reggaeton is full of friggin lyrics exploiting women... yuck.
by r.ome August 11, 2006
Contrary to popular beleif, reggaeton is NOT spanish reggae. It is spanish RAP with reggae/dancehall beats. Sometimes the rapping is spanglish, spanish with some english thrown in here and there.

This music style is growing in popularity with artits like Daddy Yankee (who is leading the genre right now), Noriega, Don Omar and Luny Toons.
Take a good listen to how a person in a reggae song speaks, then do the same to a reggaeton song, then a rap song. You'll find that a regaeton song has a reggae beat with rapping.

Popular reggaeton songs include:
-Dale Don Dale
-Oye Mi Canto
by Ichy February 21, 2006
Typical music from Puerto Rico and Central America. An urban mix of hip-hop, rap and reggae-dance. Born in the early '90s called "Underground". Back then, it had a more tropical beat, hence the 'reggae' part of the name.
During it's origin, Reggaeton was often banned from the radio and the music was distributed under the table because most of the songs' lyrics were relationed to sex, drugs and violence.
It has now evolutioned into a genuine genre, and is at its peak.
Among some of the pioneer artists are:
Vico C, The Noise, Las Guanabanas, Las Gargolas, DJ Playero, Alberto Stylee, Big Boy.

Some of today's most famous reggaeton artists include:
Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Tego Calderon, Ivy Queen, Calle 13, Eddie Dee, Tito "El Bambino", Hector "El Father", Wisin & Yandel, Zion, Lenox, Nicky Jam, many, many more...
by Colegial June 29, 2006

Free Daily Email

Type your email address below to get our free Urban Word of the Day every morning!

Emails are sent from We'll never spam you.