Da' Reggaeton Fusion

by: Charlie Valens

The controversial Dominican rapper Charlie Valens has frequently fallen out of favor with his homeland’s Ministry of Culture with songs that blend social commentary with more earthy themes. Here he fuses urban Latin reggaeton with more traditional rhythms, including merengue, cumbia, and bachata, in a potent and danceable Caribbean brew, including such tracks as the streetwise “De La Calle,” the down-and-dirty “Pilonea,” and the self-explanatory “Te Quiero Bling-Bling.”

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