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June 01, 2007


El Pueblo

Many people have connected reggeaton to Freestyle, and I somewhat agree, however a better connection, and perhaps a better hint as to what I think is going to happen to reggeaton is to look at Jamaican dancehall. It had its big boom in the 90's, EVERYONE was dancing Dancehall, and while its not as big as before it still is there. I think that that is what is going to happen to reggeaton. Basically the people that are good (and already popular) will still be there (Tego, calle 13, Daddy Yankee, wisin&Yandel) Just like with Dancehall (Buju, Sizzla, Anthony B, Capleton, Garnett Silk deceased though he's still very popular).
Basically, I dont think is going away, but it's not going to be as present as before.
Another reason I dont compare it to freestyle is that while freestyle was VERY popular it still never had a heavyweight such as Daddy Yankee or a Don Omar (who i seriously think my mom is in love with).
George Lammond & TKA were big, but not THAT big, popularity wise or money wise.


I agree, Pueblo. The dancehall comparison is more accurate, on several counts. I guess I brought in freestyle because I was thinking of an underground genre that gets dismissed critically but hangs on and on like the EverReady bunny.

Dunno what to tell you about your mom's crush.

Kiko Jones

Time will tell. Perhaps Teri DeSario and both Stevies B and V can shed light on the subject.


I think what the white folks on WNYC meant was something closer to, "Hmm, As a white person, I find myself less interested in reggaeton right now. Therefore, because I universalize all my experiences, I think it's pretty clear that reggaeton is over. How sad. "


Touché, Jorge. But let me make a wee distinction, and stand up for the producers and host at Soundcheck, who I think are some of the sharpest around. They ask the questions, the guests give the pronouncements. And having an editor at Billboard say that gets to what you just said. The industry doesn't see more obscene profit, so throw it back to the little people.

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