Reggaeton is an offspring of Reggae, Rap, Panamanian Spanish Reggae and House. The music is a form of Puerto Rican music, and it is constantly confused with it originating from Panama. This is not true because the Panamanians introduced to the world Spanish Reggae, which is a totally different sound. Reggaeton went through many years of underground percolation that fortified the genre to its present-day being. Its long underground history started in the late '80s from the sounds of Rap and Reggae storming the Puerto Rican airwaves. A few years later, the Panamanian sound and lyrical genius of El General officially introduced to the World a new sound, Spanish Reggae.
Puerto Ricans immediately accepted the sounds of Panama, but knew it was lacking, because of the lack of other Panamanians joining, proliferating the movement. Also, variety seemed null. Throughout the years (mid '80s-present), different Underground music movements continued to grow into powerful levels in Puerto Rico. Thanks to public radio stations on the island for a huge variety of radio stations, they all fed of each other directly and indirectly:

*Puerto Rican Rap Underground
*Puerto Rican Reggae Underground
*Puerto Rican Goth Underground
*Puerto Rican House Underground
*Puerto Rican Drum & Base Underground
*Puerto Rican Happy Hardcore Underground
*Puerto Rican Techno/Raver Underground
*Puerto Rican Salsa Mainstream
*Puerto Rican Rumba Mainstream
*Puerto Rican Bomba y Plena Mainstream
*Puerto Rican Freestyle Mainstream and Underground

The different music scenes in Puerto Rico evolved, and Reggaeton was the offspring of all of them. Today, one who listens to Reggaeton will understand if one studies the music well, it is a combination of ALL of the above listed. It will be foolish to say that Reggaeton of today is not evolving, as it is mixing musical forms of the Orient, Middle East, Indian, Dominican Republic and American Rock (samples). Reggaeton is a beautiful music from Puerto Rico because it is Puerto Rico, Past, Present, and Future. Also, Reggaeton is the World, which is evident in its beats. Reggaeton should continue to have a wide variety of stars who will fuel the movement within other movements. This is how Reggaeton will continue to evolve both in Puerto Rico, and the throughout the world in the future. To say that Reggaeton is Panamanian is wrong, as it fed off Panamanian Reggae, but it also fed off many other types of music genres throughout its birth and growth. Reggaeton is an offspring of music. Reggaeton for sure will define ALL music in the future, and it will be really interesting to see what the Youth of Puerto Rico will provide to the world. All eyes are on you Puerto Rico...
1. Wow! What is the amazing beat, says the White lady moving her hips irresistibly?
2. The Asian lady tells her "It's Reggaeton, a type of music from Puerto Rico..."
3. Oh, my god! This stuff is great says the Jamaican who just smoked two blunts...Star, you be wildin'...
4.Diablo loko, esto esta candela, says the Dominican guy to his boy.
5. Makore Motek, Sababa! This is great, says the Israeli girl to her boy friend in Tel Aviv, Israel.
by malvin December 04, 2007
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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
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
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
Probably the worst so-called 'music' on the planet right now (even worse than country).

It's seriously fucking annoying and if you live here in Miami, you'd know what I mean as that reggaeton shit is everywhere, pumping out of stupid clubs or being played way too loud by Daddy Yankee-wannabe pickup truck driving pricks who like to 'Ride It Like A Ford'.

Reggaeton has the same beat and all songs sound exactly the same (awful). The lyrics are horrible and are derogatory to women. Reggaetons dress like gangsters, but they're not -- they're just no-talent losers.

I have never understood why it's called 'reggaeton' either because it sounds nothing like reggae.

Reggae = Good
Reggaeton = Bad

People who listen to reggaeton should be given a good kicking until they learn to appreciate REAL music, not a fucking noise with some Puerto Rican asshole singing badly to a repetitive beat.
One of the more popular reggaeton songs:

"Gasolina" by Daddy Yankee

A ella le gusta la gasolina
(Dame mas gasolina!)
Como le encanta la gasolina
(Dame mas gasolina!)
A ella le gusta la gasolina
(Dame mas gasolina!)
Como le encanta la gasolina
(Dame mas gasolina!)
by ihatereggaeton May 28, 2006
Puertorican version of reggae, usually is like a gangsta version of reggae. For people that know something in music, know that original reggae from Jamaica and Reggaeton from Puerto Rico are very dissimilar in sound and instruments used
El party de reggaeton es mañana.

Tomorrow we have a reggaeton party
by BigmacX July 08, 2004
Reggaeton is a noise produced by combining some annoying pre-recorded rhythms from a cheap electronic keyboard and the lyrics that come out from your sexually active daughter's diary. To gain respect and to make up for their retarded music skills they act and dress up like rap artists. I rather live next to a noisy airport runway than listen to this horrible thing. I love hip hop rap any latin music rock african arabic anything you name it except this retarded reggaeton.
reggaeton "song" la gasolina.
daddy yankee
dady jerky
don omar
don ramo
by JORGEAG April 27, 2006
Annoying noise made in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic that has spread thru all Latin America, making teenagers think that women are sexual objects. Popular for its vulgar, idiotic , sexist and sexual lyrics, its two-beat constant repetition and the perreo, one way of simulating coitus with your clothes on. Nothing to do with reggae.
(Spanish) Vamos por las girlas para ir a Pananena's a perrear reggaeton
(english) Let's get our bitches so we go Perrear reggaeton at pananena's
by Seb Cameltoe April 06, 2006

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