Heavy bass with faced paced lyrics

What is Reggaeton?

Reggaeton is considered the Spanish version of hip-hop by many, but it is completely in its own realm of music. The name originates from adding reggae, a type of music from Jamacia, and the suffix -ón, which describes something "big". Reggaeton is commonly played in Hispanic countries lie Puerto Rico and Peru. Reggaeton is also found in America, Asia, and Africa.



History of Reggaeton

Reggaeton originated from Jamaica where the idea was formed. From there, Reggaeton found its way to Panama where its distinctive rhythm and beat was perfected. Reggaeton is influenced by Jamaican dancehall music and hip-hop. Michael Ellis is considered the first producer to do Reggaeton.
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Characteristics of Reggaeton

Major characteristics of Reggaeton are bass drums in 4/4 time and a tresillo rhythm. Instruments include a simple kick drum, kick-down drum, palito, snare drum, timbal, and a timballroll. Lyrics are either sung or rapped in a hip-hop style. Reggaeton is commonly played in Latin night clubs because of its connection to the youth. Famous artists include Daddy Yankee and Tego Calderón.
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Dances of Reggaeton

Usually, reggaeton is a club-oriented type of music and people mainly dance by grinding to the music. Grinding is called Sandungeo in Spanish and involves two partners grinding or pelvic thrusting into each other.

Reggaeton today

Today, Reggaeton is still commonly played in night clubs and many youths still listen to it.
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