Song You Need to Know: J Balvin’s ‘Reggaeton’


The day after he gained Best Urban Album on the Latin Grammys, J Balvin launched what is perhaps his fiercest single of the yr: “Reggaeton,” on which he honors lots of the artists from reggaeton’s first wave of crossover over a decade in the past.

It helps that Balvin now works frequently with the producer Tainy, who was within the studio when loads of these crossover reggaeton hits have been made. Tainy and Balvin’s different go-to beatmaker, Sky Rompiendo, serve up a scrappy, grabby instrumental constructed out of little greater than a ping-ing guitar loop and characteristically vicious drum programming.

In the recording, Balvin references a earlier era of titans, together with Tego Calderón, who had collection of Stateside hits between 2003 and 2008, Daddy Yankee, whose “Gasolina” is the primary reggaeton single to be nominated for Record of the Year, and the shattering Wisin & Yandel hit “Wiki Wiki” from 2004. In the clip, which seems prefer it was shot for subsequent to nothing whereas on tour, Balvin raps whereas carrying a Daddy Yankee shirt; later, he poses in entrance of a wall coated with previous photos from different reggaeton stars, together with Don Omar and Zion & Lennox.

This hooky historical past lesson isn’t simply lip-service — Balvin has additionally collaborated with a number of of those acts, together with Zion & Lennox and Wisin & Yandel. With any luck, lots of the artists he mentions in “Reggaeton” will seem on a posse reduce remix of the only.