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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

384 Ratings

FINALLY!!!!

Cruz82188,

its about damn time itunes put this up. i swear that itunes must do this on purpose. every time a reggaeton album comes out that is a deluxe edition or sondtrack it comes out weeks later. its ridiculous. but anyway this album is great. much better than his last album el cartel the big boss. daddy yankee is back yussir

El Verdadero Talento De Barrio u knw Daddy the king is back!!!

Danny787R,

Bueno mi Gente im back nd Daddy is back, what can I can say this is a Quantum leap in reggaeton and in my opinion this is Barrio Fino 2.0, El Cartel The Big Boss no se compara nada a Talento De Barrio its amazing esto si es reggaeton puro. Daddy Yankee made this album Just like he created Barrio Fino en el Barrio with true reggaeton producers "Menes & Musicologo" "Luny Tunes" & "Tiny", this album has everything from reggaeton, salsa, Vallenato, Techno nd many more styles que no se lo van 1 puder creer. Todas las cansiones son increibles, todas las cansiones son una evolucion al nivel que only daddy lo puede hacer. El intro "Talento de Barrio", its amazing how he talks about the issues in the street in Puerto Rico and the situations that people have to face just like he did when he was young , love the song."What else can we expect from el Rey de los Intros" Then theres Pakumpa hes gois back 2 his roots making this a club banger. Then comes "Temblor" a song that is just made to dance and grind with the girl. Next comes "Pose" this is an amazing song super increible, es una evolucion que fusiona tantos ritmos & ponen esta cansion en otro nivel a club hit it just wants 2 make you move "Miss Latina Tines Un estilo Caro Yeah!!!". Then one of my favorites "llamado de emergencia", this song is especial to me as it calls for a girl to come and save him from the pain his suffering and telling her that she the only one who can do it, but that’s not the only special thing about it, it’s a fusion of Vallenato and reggaeton that just kills anything out there listen to its Daddy Yankee showing his romantic side its just a revolution. The Oasis de Fantasia a fusion of middle east style with reggaeton that is just great to hear. The comes " Salgo Pa la Calle", this is something else just different produced by Luny Tunes, it’s a guaranteed hit I mean Randy & Daddy I dont need to say anything else, The fusion of techno, trance & reggaeton the new style makes this a party song that its going to take the clubs by storm u knw Talento De Barrio. "Que tengo que Hacer?" is another romantic song just a pleasure to hear and a song to dance to in a tropical style. "Suelta" This is pure reggaeton el extracto 100% puro u know. "De La Paz & de La Guerra" this song produced by Elviz Crespo with the fusion of reggaeton & merengue some salsa style nd Vallenato you really cant go wrong whit it, this rivals lo que paso paso, & ella me levanto its even better. "Pasion" with arcangel?? U kidding me that’s all I gotta Say a sure hit la maravilla & the Big Boss That speaks by itself awsome. "Come & Vete" now this is crazy you gotta be latino to understand the title if you know what I mean lolz bt another pure reggaeton hit its pure bt updated to todays style of reggaeton u knw how Daddy Does it el extracto 100% puro. Next is K-ndela this song is a fusion of dance & jamaican classic that just makes you move and makes that girl gring that @ss great style and the speed is awsome. "Infinito" now this song is different i never heard this combination before a combination so deadly of romanticism nd lyrics that make you think about your feelings for a girl, this is so romantic Wao this is new 2 reggaeton im sure more artists are going to exploit this style bt who started it?? Daddy u knw!!. & finally "Somos De Calle" this song is like "Tu sabes ke somos de kalle, hay cura y corazon siente el fuego las reglas del juego las pongo yo..." oh damm I forgot I was givieng the review lolz jajaja wat else I can say about this is just fire hot, check out the remix its in you tube even better than gangsta zone u knw!! so yea yeah mi gente esto es todo ok u know how I do it "Tengo Todos Los Estilos papi kual tu kiere?? Jaja Ronco porke tengo Talento" TALENTO DE BARRIO MAKING HISTORY WAY BETTER THAT EL CARTEL KEEP IT UP DADDY "MI TRAYECTORIA ABLA POR MI Y LAS SUYAS???

About Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee did more than anyone to establish reggaeton as a marketable music style during the early 21st century. Yankee's success was so phenomenal in the wake of his 2004 mainstream breakthrough, Barrio Fino -- and in particular the international hit single "Gasolina" -- that he transcended cultural boundaries and genre trappings. He became more than just a reggaetoñero, having transformed himself into an international name brand by the time his 2007 follow-up album, El Cartel: The Big Boss, was released. Daddy Yankee's name, image, and music were used to sell soft drinks for Pepsi and footwear for Reebok, as well as a syndicated show for ABC Radio Networks (Daddy Yankee on Fuego) and a feature film for Paramount Pictures (Talento de Barrio). Daddy Yankee indeed had become a business empire, of which the primary asset -- his music -- remained independent from major-label control: he keenly operated his own independent label, El Cartel Records, and chose to partner with labels such as Interscope only for purposes of marketing and distribution. Although the business side of Daddy Yankee threatened to overshadow his music, Barrio Fino stands tall as the definitive reggaeton album of its time. Boasting a pair of fantastic hits, "Gasolina" and "Lo Que Pasó, Pasó," the album was a standard-bearer, influencing a legion of followers and establishing the production duo Luny Tunes as reggaeton's hottest hitmakers. Barrio Fino was also the first reggaeton album to reach number one on the Top Latin Album chart, a position it held for roughly a year while selling over a million copies in the United States alone.

Born Ramón Ayala (aka Raymond) on February 3, 1977, in Río Piedras, the largest district of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Daddy Yankee grew up in a musical family. His father was a bongosero (a salsa percussionist), his mother's family included numerous musicians, and he himself sang from an early age, with a knack for improvisation. As Daddy Yankee grew older, he took an interest in Spanish-language hip-hop, especially the socially aware raps of Vico C, and he became increasingly drawn into the street life of his neighborhood, the Villa Kennedy housing project in San Juan. The "Yankee" moniker arose from the Puerto Rican slang for "someone tall, who is big in what he does" (according to a 2005 interview with Billboard magazine). He got into reggaeton just as it was taking shape in the early '90s, when San Juan DJs would spin hip-hop alongside dancehall reggae while vocalists would freestyle over the beats. This convergence of hip-hop, dancehall, and freestyling proved popular in San Juan, most notably at The Noise, a long-running club night that spawned a collective of DJs and rappers. Besides The Noise, the other key proprietor of proto-reggaeton was Playero, a mixtape DJ/producer with whom Daddy Yankee got his start when he debuted as a featured guest on Playero 37 (1992). A few years later, at age 18, Daddy Yankee made his full-length album debut, No Mercy (1995), again working with Playero. Little came of No Mercy, however, and he continued to work the reggaeton underground for the remainder of the '90s. Toward the end the decade, he began performing alongside Nicky Jam as a duo and had one of his songs, "Posición," a collaboration with Alberto Stylee, featured on the 1998 One Tough Cop soundtrack.

Beginning in 2000, Daddy Yankee furthered his career significantly with independently released albums. El Cartel (2000) and El Cartel, Vol. 2 (2001) came first, each laden with featured guests in mixtape fashion; however, El Cangri.com (2002) was the one that really gave his career the boost it needed to break him outside Puerto Rico. Driven by "Latigazo," a single that found airplay in Miami and New York, El Cangri.com climbed all the way to number 43 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart despite no major-label backing whatsoever (released instead by VI Music, a Puerto Rican indie). In the wake of this success, Daddy Yankee assembled Los Homerun-es (2003), a Top Ten album comprised of odds and ends, including a newly recorded hit single, "Segurosqui," as well as some old Playero tracks from a decade prior. Reggaeton was on the cusp of breaking big-time at this point; touchstone albums such as Don Omar's The Last Don (2003), Tego Calderón's El Abayarde (2003), and Luny Tunes' Mas Flow (2003) were making significant inroads in Miami and New York, in addition to Puerto Rico, and a wave of lesser albums were also being released. The stage was well set for Daddy Yankee's mainstream breakthrough, Barrio Fino (2004), which was released in July 2004 (by VI Music) and debuted at number one on the Top Latin Albums chart. The first reggaeton album to reach the number one spot, Barrio Fino would dominate the top of the Latin albums chart for roughly a year, lodged there well into 2005. It sold over a million copies in the U.S. alone during its chart reign.

The long shelf-life of Barrio Fino was partly on account of "Gasolina," a party-oriented single whose appeal was so phenomenal that the song itself became synonymous with reggaeton in the minds of many (and perhaps remains so), especially English speakers who were unacquainted with the music style. The appeal of "Gasolina" was such that it's been compared to "Macarena," another Latin party song that broke through cultural boundaries to become a dance club staple internationally. It took "Gasolina" a while to become a craze, several months after the release of Barrio Fino, in fact, yet by November 2004 it had broken into the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually made it all the way to number 32 a couple months later (a genuine Top 40 hit, albeit a novel one). On the Latin charts, though, "Gasolina" didn't even break the Top Ten, only reaching number 17. Rather, "Lo Que Pasó, Pasó" was the album's big hit on the Latin scene, charting at number two. Barrio Fino spawned a few other singles as well: "Sabor a Melao" (featuring salsa superstar Andy Montañez), "No Me Dejes Solo" (featuring Wisin & Yandel), and "Like You" (an English-language song). The success of the album was such that it catapulted Luny Tunes -- an industrious duo who'd produced half the album, and all the key hits -- to stardom of their own, as they became widely recognized as reggaeton's undisputed go-to hitmakers. The success of the album also drew significant major-label attention. Machete Music, a Universal company specializing in Latin urban, signed a deal with Daddy Yankee to re-release Los Homerun-es in March 2005 (and later Barrio Fino in December 2006). Meanwhile, VI Music cashed in with Ahora le Toca al Cangri (2005), a live CD/DVD recorded in Puerto Rico in 2003.

In 2005, while the major labels were courting Daddy Yankee, the president of Interscope, Jimmy Iovine, whose roster includes Eminem, 50 Cent, and Dr. Dre, actually flew down to Puerto Rico to discuss business in person. A joint venture resulted between Interscope and Daddy Yankee's own label, El Cartel Records. The first release under this partnership was Barrio Fino en Directo (2005), a CD/DVD comprised of live in-concert and newly recorded material. "Rompe," one of the newly recorded songs, was issued as the lead single and charted even higher than "Gasolina" had, reaching number 24 on the Hot 100. Moreover, it spent 15 weeks atop the Hot Latin Tracks chart. The Interscope deal was only one of many struck by Daddy Yankee at this point. He began lending his name, image, and music to everything from footwear (Reebok) and soft drinks (Pepsi) to automobiles (Citroën) and radio (ABC); he founded his own charity, Corazón Guerrero, to help ex-convicts; and he teamed with CMN (Cardenas Marketing Network, an event marketing and sponsorship agency) to mount an international tour throughout North, Central, and South America. All the while, he worked intermittently on his next album, El Cartel: The Big Boss (2007), a big-budget affair bringing together an ensemble cast of marquee-name collaborators, including pop-rap hitmakers will.i.am, Akon, and Scott Storch. The buildup to the album was well planned and pervasive, with "Impacto" (and its bilingual remix featuring Fergie) released as the lead single well in advance of the eagerly anticipated June release date. Daddy Yankee then starred in a movie, Talento de Barrio, which broke attendance records in Puerto Rico and helped fuel sales of the film's soundtrack, which Daddy Yankee performed with a host of guests. His 2010 effort Mundial featured less hip-hop and pop, and more Latin flavors, plus the hit single "Descontrol." His sixth album, Prestige, followed in 2011, posting several singles high in the charts, including "Ven Conmigo" and "Lovumba."

In 2012, when El Cartel house producers Musicologo & Menes began issuing a series of collaboration albums titled Imperio Nazza, it was only natural that Yankee would appear at some point; he finally stepped up a year later with the King Daddy Edition, which also featured Divino, Yandel, Farruko, Arcángel, and J Alvarez. The first singles from Yankee's next album arrived in 2015. "Sígueme y Te Sigo" and "Vaivén" were Top Ten Hot Latin Songs hits, followed by 2016's "Shaky Shaky," which reached the mainstream through a social network app and a hypermarket advertisement. The parent album of the three songs, King Daddy II: Elemento DY, was planned for release in early 2017. ~ Jason Birchmeier

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