Described by host Jimmy Fallon as a “a love letter to Puerto Rico,” the upcoming telecast of The Tonight Show boasts an inside look at the unique culture and spirit of the island. Recorded in and outside the capital city of San Juan, Fallon dedicated the special episode to raising awareness about Puerto Rican recovery […]

Latin trap singer Kevin Fret, credited for being the genre’s first openly gay artist, was shot and killed on Thursday, January 10th in the Santurce neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Local newspaper El Vocero reports that the 24-year-old had been out riding a Yamaha motorcycle at 5:30 a.m. when he was fatally shot in the […]

As one of the luminaries behind Chile’s Nueva Canción folk movement, singer-songwriter Víctor Jara was renowed worldwide for his heartrending protest songs promoting social justice, freedom and equality. Yet in 1973 — after General Augusto Pinochet led a U.S.-backed military coup against the democratic socialist President Salvador Allende — Jara became one of 3,000 civilians […]

After playing Santa Claus to his devout fans with a special Christmas song — the jovial Generación Escogida and Christian Nieves collab “Llegó la Navidad” — reggaeton superstar Ozuna kicked off 2019 with a second holiday season release, “Baila Baila Baila,” timed ceremoniously to arrive during the weekend of Three Kings’ Day. Following the smash success of […]

Hip-Hop’s New Generation Takes OverThe year in hip-hop made one thing blindingly clear: The old guard is, well, old. Kanye West executive-produced five albums over the summer, but it took a Lil Pump feature to get him any traction on streaming services. Nicki Minaj needed a duet with embattled rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine to make any […]

“[Spanish-language] battle rap is snowballing in ways we never imagined,” muses Mexican hip-hop purveyor Serko Fu. Rolling Stone encountered the Master of Ceremonies earlier this month at the 12th installment of Batalla de los Gallos, the world’s biggest Hispanophone freestyle competition, located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Founded in 2005, after the success of the Eminem-starring […]

French producer and DJ Nicola Cruz poses for a portrait during an interview in Guanajuato, Mexico, . Cruz is in Mexico to participate in the International Cervantes Festival Mexico Nicola Cruz, Guanajuato, Mexico – 21 Oct 2016 Mario Armas/AP/REX/Shutterstock “Siete” is a dancefloor-killer, but you wouldn’t know it from the first 30 seconds. The track […]

Late on the night of December 23rd, while most families in Puerto Rico were wrapping presents, cleaning house and preparing for the next day’s Christmas Eve feast — known across Spanish-speaking countries as Nochebuena — Latin trap lord Bad Bunny was plotting the surprise midnight release of his long-awaited full-length debut, X100PRE. Had it been just […]

Has there ever been an artist who needed to release an album less than Bad Bunny? For three years now, this Puerto Rican star, born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, has been gushing hit singles like a broken fire hydrant. His voice, low and droning, is inimitable and absurdly adaptable, equally at home in stadium-ready trap […]

After surviving a devastating car accident while on tour in October, Chicano indie pop star Cuco slides back into the limelight with a euphoric new video for his 2018 single, “CR-V,” off his 2018 EP, Chiquito. Filmed in an unnamed high school in Los Angeles, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter reproduced his high school graduation, in which he […]

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