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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About Anuel AA

Anuel AA is a controversial Puerto Rican MC whose music blends reggaeton with a heavy trap influence. His uncompromising lyrics heavily detail sex, drugs, and murder, and while his songs are far too vulgar to be played on the radio, he quickly gained hundreds of thousands of followers through online social media. Born Emmanuel Santiago Gazmey, his father, José Gazmey, was the vice president of the A&R department of Sony Music Entertainment's Puerto Rican division. After Anuel AA began posting songs online in 2014, his songs racked up thousands of hits from around the world. Eventually Rick Ross signed him to the Latin division of Maybach Music Group. Anuel AA released his Real Hasta la Muerte mixtape in February of 2016. The following April, he was arrested on charges of gun possession, resulting in a "Free Anuel" campaign among his fan base. Nevertheless, he continued recording and uploading songs while incarcerated. ~ Paul Simpson

HOMETOWN
Carolina, Puerto Rico
GENRE
Latino
BORN
November 26, 1992

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