Reggaeton

Ryan Misiura

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This genre has its roots in Latin and Caribbean music. Reggaeton genre is a blend musical influences of Jamaican dancehall and Trinidadian Soca with those of Latin America, such as salsa, Bomba, Latin American hip hop, and electronica. Vocals include rapping and singing, typically in Spanish. Lyrics tend to be in a hip hop style.

Raggaeton music developed as an urban underground movement focused on youth, much like in the case of North American Hip Hop. The Reggaeton genre is also closely associated with a dance style known as Perreo, derived from the word “dog” in Spanish. The history of Reggaeton and its origin is a bit controversial since it mixes various different musical genres and influences. The beginning of Reggaeton can be traced back to Panama's Spanish Reggae style which was an adaptation of Jamaican Reggae. However, the general consensus is that Reggaeton actually originated in Puerto Rico, where it evolved into Reggaeton as we know it today and gained popularity. Additionally, most famous Reggaeton musicians are Puerto Rican. The history of Reggaeton's development was also influenced by North American Hip Hop, Puerto Rican rhythms and other Latin American musical influences.

The main instruments nearly in all Reggaeton music uses drumming machines/software to create the instrumentals. However, some still do use Lead guitar, rhythm guitar and bongos. In the U.S. Reggaeton is related to hip hop. Singers in hip hop are Jay Z, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, etc. In the U.S. people think of Reggaeton they just think of hip hop.
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