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Daddy Yankee - 'Prestige' CD Review

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Daddy Yankee - 'Prestige'

Photo Courtesy El Cartel Records

Daddy Yankee teased us for a while with the release of Prestige. Finally, this highly anticipated album has hit the Latin music market adding an exciting work to the Latin Urban field. The following is an overview of a generous 19-track album that the Puerto Rican superstar considers his best work yet. Let's take a look at the music behind Prestige.

A Full Spectrum of Sounds

The first thing you are going to like about Prestige is its amazing range of sounds. This work touches everything Latin Urban music is all about. From hardcore Reggaeton songs to dancing tunes shaped around Merengue, Techno and Dance music, Prestige encompasses a rich musical experience.

Tropical Dancing Party

Even before its official release, Prestige was already a hit album thanks to the popularity of the tracks "Lovumba" and "Ven Conmigo." The latter, which Daddy Yankee recorded alongside Bachata sensation singer Prince Royce, became one of the most popular Latin music songs of 2011.

These two singles as well as other tracks like "Pasarela" and "Limbo," make of Prestige an ideal album for a night of dancing and a good Latin party. All these songs have a very Tropical beat, which is mostly defined by Merengue.

There are, however, additional tracks that are highly defined by Techno and Dance music. Some of them include titles like "La Noche De Los 2," featuring Natalia Jimenez, and "Lose Control," featuring Emelee. All of these songs will definitely transform Prestige into a favorite album among clubbers.

Hardcore Reggaeton

Although Prestige was introduced with "Lovumba" and "Ven Conmigo," this album also includes a good chunk of pure Reggaeton tracks. For those who like to stick to the original sound of this rhythm, Prestige features nice hardcore Reggaeton songs including singles such as "Perros Salvajes," "Miss Show" and "Switchea."

Besides this, Prestige also offers a nice selection of softer Reggaeton tracks like "El Amante," featuring J. Alvarez, and "Mas Que Un Amigo," featuring Farruko. In other words, if you are a Reggaeton fan, Prestige will not disappoint you.

'Prestige' - Bottom Line

Although Daddy Yankee made us wait a little bit too long for this album, the Latin music superstar has met the expectations that surrounded Prestige from the very beginning. With this album, Daddy Yankee introduces a generous work with a considerable amount of songs that is unusual today. Prestige also offers a rich sound that defines in a perfect way the modern trends of Latin Urban music.

Finally, Daddy Yankee has been able to brush up the original sound of Reggaeton with this exciting work. Of course, if you are not into mainstream music, I will not recommend this album to you. However, if you are into this kind of music, Prestige will please you from beginning to end.

'Prestige' - Best Tracks

  • "Miss Show"
  • "Pon T Loca"
  • "El Amante"
  • "Pasarela"
  • "Po' Encima"
  • "Limbo"
  • "Mas Que Un Amigo"
  • "Lovumba"
  • "Ven Conmigo"
Record Label: El Cartel Records
Release Date: September 11, 2012
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