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:

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

Zion
Rakim y Ken-y
Don Omar
Hector El Father
Baby Rasta.
by Gracious April 26, 2007
Puerto Rican / Panamanian spin-off of reggae music, being these two countries the main hubs of mass production / distribution of Reggaeton. It borrows a lot of graphical / sound cues from gangsta rap and mixes them down with percussive, abrasive variations of dancehall reggae. Melodies are usually minimal, there is a liberal use of samples from pop tunes and sound effects (siren, etc) and drum machines rather than analog percussions are used.

Reggaeton's lyrics usually are in the same ground as those of gangsta rap: Mentions of women -often in a sexual/misogynist sense- drugs, gangs, sex and double entendres abound, yet youngster-oriented radio stations in Puerto Rico and Central America somehow get away with it, broadcasting Reggaeton practically 24/7, given its big popularity across kids in the area.
Three things you will usually find together in my hometown: Ricers, gangsters and Reggaeton.
by DaMotha March 26, 2005
- 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
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
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 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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