Personnel: Daddy Yankee (vocals); Wisin & Yandel, Zion & Lennox, Tomy Viera, May-Be.
Recording information: 2004.
Daddy Yankee is one of the leading proponents of reggaeton music, a style that, though often misidentified as a reggae sub-genre, is actually a hybrid form of Puerto Rican hip-hop heavily influenced by dancehall, techno, merengue, and salsa. BARRIO FINO (which translates literally as "fine neighborhood") is one of the first full-length, non-compilation reggaeton releases to make a national splash on the Billboard charts, despite reports that, in New York City, bootlegged versions of the album sold over 100,000 copies prior to the disc's official street date.
Daddy Yankee's brand of reggaeton is brash, aggressive, and exciting, fusing non-stop pumping club rhythms with snarling, rapid-fire rapping reminiscent of Cypress Hill. The record's sound reflects the harsh, uncompromising reality of ghetto life in both the Bronx and San Juan with mechanical-sounding synths and throbbing, industrial-style bass lines. Not content to stick with his signature sound, Daddy Yankee also branches out into crossover territory, singing romantic sweet nothings in English on "Like You," and sounding downright Dirty South on the G-funk-influenced "Santifica Tus Escapularios."
What the critics say...
Rolling Stone (p.78) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "Start here for an action-packed entree to the genre's rougher pleasures."
Uncut (p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[O]n BARRIO FINO Yankee rides roughshod over beefed-up digital reggae rhythms, the emphasis pushed on low-rent electronics and sharp, biscuit-tin snares."
- King Daddy
- Dale Caliente
- No Me Dejes Solo - (with Wisin & Yandel)
- Like You
- El Muro
- Lo Que Paso, Paso
- Tu Principe - (with Zion & Lennox)
- Santifica Tus Escapularios
- Sabor A Melao - (featuring Andy Montanez)
- El Empuje - (featuring May-Be)
- Que Vas A Hacer?
- Salud Y Vida
- Intermedio "Gavilan"
- Golpe De Estado - (featuring Tomy Viera)
- Saber Su Nombre