Latin Music USA

S1 E8 | CLIP

The Legends: Tego and Daddy Yankee

Tego Calderón created new fusions for reggaetón and became a hero to young Latinos, but it was Daddy Yankee who took reggaetón into the clubs and onto the dance floors of America’s mainstream. Watch LATIN MUSIC USA Friday, April 28 and Friday, May 5 at 9/8C on PBS (check local listings).

AIRED: October 18, 2009 | 0:04:01

SMITS: Reggaetón remained mostly confined

to the island of Puerto Rico until rapper Tego Calderón

arrived on the scene.

♪ Aqui llega Cosa Buena

♪ El Negro Calde sin problema... ♪

SMITS: Tego Calderón created new fusions for reggaetón,

adding traditional Caribbean rhythms

to the Jamaican dembow beat.

MARSHALL: You start to hear bomba and plena,

two Afro-Puerto Rican folk forms cropping up in his music.

You hear some salsa, you hear some bachata.

You know, I think that that caught a lot of listeners' ears.

SMITS: In Tego's voice, reggaetón broke through

from the clubs in Puerto Rico to the stages of Manhattan,

spreading to Miami, Chicago, L.A.

MARSHALL: The thing about reggaetón is that

it was able to express

on the one hand Latinidad-- the "Latinness"--

and, on the other hand, modernity.

You could be "bling-blinged" out.

You could look like all of your peers

in this more general sort of hip-hop world.

You didn't have to feel like you were somehow selling out

your own cultural roots.

SMITS: Tego became a hero to young Latinos,

but it was Daddy Yankee who took reggaetón into the clubs

and onto the dance floors of America's mainstream

with his hit song "Gasolina."

♪ A ella le gusta la gasolina

♪ Dame mas gasolina

DADDY YANKEE: It's simple--

a simple hook and it's about energy.

♪A ella le gusta la gasolina ♪

MARSHALL: "Gasolina" was huge.

For many months, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing it.

♪ A ella le gusta la gasolina

YANKEE: People has told me that,

"I don't know what you're saying, Yankee, but it's great.

"You know, my girlfriend and my mother,

they can't stop dancing."

Now I am in the middle of the reggaetón...

and you know something?

During the last campaign,

the people asked me to dance reggaetón, because I told them,

"You can dance reggaetón nicely!"

♪ Le gusta la gasolina

SMITS: Not even Velda González, reggaetón's sharpest critic,

could resist the rising tide of Latin music's new rhythm.

DADDY YANKEE: All the generations have one music

that identifies that generation,

and right now our generation has been identified with reggaetón.


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