12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

No one expected Latin trap star Anuel AA to finally drop his debut album on the same day he was released from a two-year-plus stint in prison. Assembled on the low while the Puerto Rican rapper was locked down, Real Hasta la Muerte mixes furious bass-and-bars flexes (“Yeezy”) with fizzy reggaetón bops (“Quiere Beber”). The rhymes are defiantly raw either way, especially when Anuel is slinging his signature between-the-sheets boasts. And while only a handful of tracks hint at his recent tribulations (“Brindemos”), they’re among the most ferocious, clapping back at those who try to keep him down.

EDITORS’ NOTES

No one expected Latin trap star Anuel AA to finally drop his debut album on the same day he was released from a two-year-plus stint in prison. Assembled on the low while the Puerto Rican rapper was locked down, Real Hasta la Muerte mixes furious bass-and-bars flexes (“Yeezy”) with fizzy reggaetón bops (“Quiere Beber”). The rhymes are defiantly raw either way, especially when Anuel is slinging his signature between-the-sheets boasts. And while only a handful of tracks hint at his recent tribulations (“Brindemos”), they’re among the most ferocious, clapping back at those who try to keep him down.

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