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Album Review

The Bad Boy is Hector el Father's debut solo album; however, he was widely recognized as a reggaeton veteran by the time of the album's release. From 1998 to 2003, he'd been half of the duo Hector & Tito, whose sole full-length album, A la Reconquista (2002), was groundbreaking in terms of popularity and influence — the first reggaeton album to make noticeable waves within the Latin music industry. Hector & Tito split up in the wake of that album's success, with each pursuing his own solo fortune. Hector "El Bambino" (as he was known for a while) made his solo debut with Los Anormales (2004), an impressive mixtape that was also released in DVD format. He returned two years later with another mixtape, Los Rompe Discotekas (2006), this one for Def Jam. It included a feature with El Presidente de Def Jam, Jay-Z, but the song was fairly lame, especially Jigga's lazy, phoned-in contribution, and the album itself was disappointing for some, given the expectations and possibilities that came along with the Def Jam connection. So by the time The Bad Boy was released by Machete Music in 2007, Hector rightly deserved to change his moniker from El Bambino (which roughly translates to "The Child" in English) to El Father — he'd been in the industry for almost a decade at this point. And indeed he sounds like a veteran on The Bad Boy, commanding the album by himself, from the overlong "Intro" to the similarly fashioned album-closing diatribe, "Hipocritas (Outro)." It's reasonable to assume that the 18-track, occasionally indulgent album is a reflection of how much pent-up frustration and how many bottled-up ideas Hector had held onto over the years in anticipation of this long-awaited solo album. Unlike recent albums by reggaeton figureheads Don Omar (King of Kings, 2006) and Tego Calderón (The Underdog/El Subestimado, 2006), which sought to broaden the style's boundaries beyond strictly club- and mixtape-oriented music, The Bad Boy is by-the-book reggaeton. It's main distinguishing characteristic — besides Hector himself, who is quite distinct in manner and attitude — is the occasionally sung hooks. "Sola," the album's lead single, boasts an especially melodic chorus, and "Te Vas" features Ken-Y, the golden-voiced young man who enjoyed one of the preceding year's biggest hits, "Down," as part of the duo Rakim & Ken-Y. Another highlight is "Si Supieras," yet another half-sung collaboration, this one featuring pop superstar Ednita Nazario, an unlikely guest for an album such as this, given her legacy and stateliness. These few pop-crossover concessions help lighten up an otherwise dark album that often revels in its "badness." Of course, it's a bit disconcerting for "The Bad Boy" to keep company with pop darlings like Ken-Y and Nazario, and then rail against hypocrites on the album-closing diatribe. Then again, The Bad Boy is only Hector's first solo album, so even if he is a veteran, perhaps he's unsure of his direction — torn between the underground and MTV — and will work out the contradictions on further efforts. In the meantime, this is a promising start.

Customer Reviews

This is What Reggaeton is all About.....EL FATHER HAS HONOR HIS NICKNAME.

Asi C' Separan Los NiÑos De Los Hombres...The Bad Boy is a prove of what Hector has been all the way to this point...Calle and Sentimiento...and both sides have never sounded better in an artist before...I liked the fact that Hector did not featured many artists...To show that he's as good alone as he is when sharing a song with any other artist...It's also fun to hear his songs. They are not the tipical raper who pretends to be brave...I find a lot of his writing fun...and entreteining...So sad that now Hector and Don Omar are going to battle in Tiraera... As it appears really clear in some of his songs...(Rumor de Guerra) (Vivo en Guerra} (En Busca de Ti) After being so close friends, but I guess is part of the game...

It's amazing

The best of the best # 1

Ednita metiendole al REGGAETON!!!!!!

Uyyy!!!!! A Ednita tambien le gusta el reggaeton. Aqui demostramos el producto de dos generos muy importantes para los latinos.Ya tu sabes Hector sigue asi pa que sigas matando la liga.


Born: September 4, 1978 in Carolina, Puerto Rico

Genre: Latin Urban

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the pioneers of reggaeton, Hector el Father (aka Hector "El Bambino") was half of the trailblazing duo Hector & Tito (aka Los Bambinos) before he embarked on a solo career of his own. Hector (born Héctor Delgado Román) began his solo career with a pair of CD mixtapes, Los Anormales (2005) and Los Rompe Discotekas (2006). The latter was a particularly curious release, for it was issued by Roc la Familia, a newly inaugurated Latino division of The Island Def Jam Music Group, led at the time...
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