Casper Magico

Casper Magico is a Puerto Rican singer and rapper, and a popular exponent of reggaeton's Trap Latino movement. A protege of Anuel AA -- with whom he sang for a time -- he gained immediate attention in February of 2017 with the single "No Me Hables de Amor" featuring Anuel AA. Its video racked up more than two million views. (Magico returned the favor and became his public spokesperson while he was incarcerated, even as Anuel AA, his formal mentor, offered him recording advice via letters from jail.) The track also placed in the Top Ten on the Latin charts of various streaming services. The single "Te Perdí" (feat. Kendo Kaponi) was issued around the same time, but didn't do nearly as well. The June follow-up, "Cuentale" (also featuring Anuel AA), rectified that and took him back up on the charts. Magico's biographical details are shrouded in mystery -- deliberately. We know his given name is Julio Cruz García, and that he grew up running the streets before finding salvation in music. After his breakthrough single, Magico began posting virtually every track he recorded to YouTube, and never scored less than 140,000 views. His hit single "Por Dinero" appeared in March, followed by a remix with Kendo Kaponi, Miky Woodz, and Noriel. In December, his "Te Bote" collaboration with Nio Garcia and Darell inspired a pair of remixes in the new year: the Te Bote: Electrónica Remixes EP and a proper remix single that included collaborators Bad Bunny, Nicky Jam and Ozuna. The latter was a smash. It stormed the Latin urban and pop charts while its video racked up 300,000 views during its first three weeks. In May, Magico was a noted collaborator on the remix of Darell's single "Blanco o Negro," alongside Ele a el Dominio, Jamby el Favo, John Jay, and producer Sinfonico. In May, the "Te Bote" remix topped the Hot Latin Songs chart. ~ Thom Jurek

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