Slang in reggaeton for beat. The reggaeton rhythm or beat.
Dembow: Éste tipo de música (reggaeton) El Ritmo. (Lorna - Papi Chulo "suavemente you con el dembow...").

by h0mi December 14, 2005
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A rhythm or "beat" that defines virtually ALL reggaetón music. It is known for its 4-on-the-floor beat and bold intermediate snares that makes reggaetón music instantly recognizable.

The word dembow actually originated from a track called "Dem Bow," sung by Shabba Ranks and produced by Bobby Digital. The song featured the Poco Man Jam Riddim (which was based on a song by the same name produced by Steely and Clevie), which has the distinct beat that all reggaetón music is made of. Funnily enough, even though the rhythm itself was the same, the riddim itself rarely actually turns up in reggaetón music. Instead, another riddim called the Pounder Riddim, which was produced by Panamanian musician Dennis "The Menace" Thompson.

It had the same rhythmic sound as the Poco Man Jam Riddim but used different drum sounds and was intended for use with Nando Boom's "Ellos Benia." It was THIS riddim that has been sampled, recycled, chopped up, and reused over and over in almost all of reggaetón music to date. It could be argued that no other sample has been resampled more and has had such a lasting afterlife than the Pounder Riddim over 30 years later. Even if the riddim isn't directly resampled, reggaetón producers will almost always recreate the sound using similar drums and arrangements.
"Bailando sexy le doy el dembow, dembow!
Ella le encanta como le algo y le doy dembow, dembow!"

—Chorus to Wisin & Yandel's "Llamé pa' Verte"

Translates roughly to how a woman is dancing sexy and the singer gives her dembow (dembow meaning reggaetón music, the rhythm, beat, vibe, etc.)
by TheLumpyPumpkin September 17, 2022
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The music Dembow is a genre that originated in the Dominican Republic , which was developed by the mid- 1990s Although this type of music boomed in the 2010s, it's influenced by much earlier genres of Rap and Hip Hop. :) REBT
Dembow is used as Dominican Republic's own expression of Hip Hop, Rap, Reggae & Reggaeton :) REBT
by RamonEBT November 18, 2015
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In Puerto Rican rap slang, something really great. Also, a fine woman.
by diatrevolo November 9, 2003
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jamaican slang that means they're gays or homosexuals. separating, dem for them,and bow for gay.
nando boom - dembow, panama rerggae song, popular in erarly 90's, and the song that has the original beat that actual reggaeton uses
by yoyobanton November 3, 2013
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1. the act of getting tricked into going somewhere you do not want to go.
2. receiving text messages, myspace bullentins, or facebook messages that only include one or two words such as "tonight" or "it's on"
Example 1
Guy 1: "Dude, where were you last night?"
Guy 2: "I got dembowed by some old college buddies."
Guy 1: "That sucks."

Example 2
Girl 1: "Oh no, I just got dembowed!"
Girl 2: "How?"
Girl 1: "On my cell, I got a texted from this girl I hate going out with and it says 'tonight'."
by B Muy February 29, 2008
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