Redimi2 is the stage name for Dominican rapper Willy González Cruz. He holds the distinction of being the first Christian hip-hop artist from his home country and has, since his recording career began in 2000, become an internationally renowned crossover artist in hip-hop, reggaeton, and pop. He has collaborated with artists ranging from Vico C and Annette Moreno, and shared stages with secular performers such as Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, and Calle 13.
The first incarnation of Redimi2 was called Redimi2 Squad, a collective formed with his brother JG. Their debut album, Combinación Mortal, appeared in 2000 and became not only the first Christian rap album in the Dominican Republic, but the country's best-selling Christian music recording of all time. It opened doors for Redimi2 Squad in both religious and secular media and performance outlets. This was followed in 2004 by the chart-topping Hasta Los Dientes, and his first true solo album, Revolución, in 2006. With the release of the collaborative El Equipo Invencible in 2007 the artist's reputation spread throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
After incessant touring, a live album was issued in 2008, and a compilation in 2009. Redimi2 took time off to get married and start a family.
In 2011 he returned with Exterminador Operacion P.R., a hit album that featured a number of Puerto Rican collaborators; it was the first part of a trilogy that also included 2012's Exterminador OPR 100X35. In 2013, the set Mas was issued, followed by the single "Saldrás de Esta" with Christian pop singers Lucy Parker and René González; the song was based on the Max Lucado novel of the same name. The final part of the trilogy, Operación Mundial, was issued in October of 2014. ~ Thom Jurek
- Dominican Republic
- June 3, 1979