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Growing up middle income in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, Benito Martinez Ocasio envisioned a profession in music from an earlier age

At 5, he joined up with a church choir, but round the exact exact same time became enthralled with rap en espaсol after receiving the rambunctious Vico C record “Бngel Que Habнa Muerto” as something special. As a teen, he immersed himself both in the songs their mom paid attention to — master vocalists like salsa legend Hector Lavoe and Juan Gabriel — together with reggaetуn his buddies loved: Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Wisin & Yandel, Ivy Queen and Calle 13. Those early impacts will always be contained in their music, from their own roundly sonorous vocals to his many discreet lyrical details: In “La Romana,” he pronounces the words ojalб y (“hopefully, and. ”) as “ojalai,” a reference to Voltio’s “Chulin Culin Chunfly” featuring Calle 13, for which rapper Residente makes use of the exact same pronunciation. (more…)