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Last year, Crudo Means Raw reached Number One on Spotify’s viral chart in Colombia with “La Mitad De La Mitad.” The track’s appeal was immediate — a slippery, live-sounding bass line rubbed against sharp, terse raps — and widespread: When Crudo Means Raw posted a screenshot of Spotify’s chart on Instagram, J Balvin was among […]

“Nadie,” the new single from Puerto Rican rapper-singer Farruko, is a shrewd bid for commercial success. The track relies on the same streamlined pulse that elevated Anuel AA’s “Ella Quiere Beber” and Bad Bunny’s “Mia,” both major hits at Latin radio in the U.S. Programmers looking for a smooth transition into something new will find plenty […]

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 […]

“[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 […]

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 […]

Bad Bunny, the Puerto Rican rapper-singer who has accumulated more than seven billion YouTube views across a stream of hit singles this year, released his debut album, X100PRE, on Sunday night. The album title is a stylization of the words “por siempre,” which means “forever” in Spanish. Using sounds sourced from outside his trap-reggaeton comfort zone — […]

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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