16 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

Armed with a cipher-honed flow and a no-nonsense attitude, Tempo has been holding it down for Puerto Rican hip-hop since the late ’90s. Back to the Game is the rapper's first major project since the 2013 mixtape Free Music, which itself followed a 2009 breakthrough album released during a decade-long stint in prison. Despite the setbacks and delays, Tempo's mic skills remain ferociously battle-ready over an array of unpredictable beats. He rides Latin trap production on the vicious “Yo Corono," crafts a banging reggaetón/hip-hop hybrid with "Pégate a la Pared," dips into dancehall on “Ahora Si Mami 2," and pays tribute to old-school rap with the poignant, piano-driven “Yo Tengo Que Continuar.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Armed with a cipher-honed flow and a no-nonsense attitude, Tempo has been holding it down for Puerto Rican hip-hop since the late ’90s. Back to the Game is the rapper's first major project since the 2013 mixtape Free Music, which itself followed a 2009 breakthrough album released during a decade-long stint in prison. Despite the setbacks and delays, Tempo's mic skills remain ferociously battle-ready over an array of unpredictable beats. He rides Latin trap production on the vicious “Yo Corono," crafts a banging reggaetón/hip-hop hybrid with "Pégate a la Pared," dips into dancehall on “Ahora Si Mami 2," and pays tribute to old-school rap with the poignant, piano-driven “Yo Tengo Que Continuar.”

TITLE TIME

About Tempo

Puerto Rican rapper Tempo debuted live in 1989. After that first opportunity to express himself on-stage, the decision to pursue a music career became a reality. In 1994, Tempo joined a group of local performers known as El Escuadron del Panico (the Panic Squadron) and teamed up with DJ Joe to make his first record. Later, he made contributions to DJ Frank's Time to Kill and El Mexicano's Entre El Bien y El Mal.

Tempo became one of the first artists signed up to the Puerto Rican independent label Buddha Productions, issuing Game Over in 1999, produced by DJ Playero, and New Game a year later. Sony Discos released his first international compilation, titled Exitos. ~ Drago Bonacich

ORIGIN
Ponce, Puerto Rico
GENRE
Latino
FORMED
November 25, 1979

Songs

Albums

Videos