El Cartel: The Big Boss

El Cartel: The Big Boss

by Daddy YankeeDaddy Yankee




It took Daddy Yankee a long time to follow up Barrio Fino (2004), the most successful and influential reggaeton album to date, but when he finally unveiled El Cartel: The Big Boss three years later, the wait seemed worthwhile. It's a well-conceived album with a wealth of commercial potential. It not only pushes the hybrid Latin style forward creatively; it also broadens Daddy Yankee's appeal considerably, teaming him with pop-rap household names like Fergie and Akon while playing down some of Barrio Fino's Latino-specific lyrical themes in favor of potent club-bangers that are as conducive to body language as they are to Spanish. Admittedly, the three-year wait between Barrio Fino and El Cartel was eased by the December 2005 release of Barrio Fino en Directo. That CD/DVD package served a few purposes, beyond functioning as a profitable stopgap released just in time for the holiday shopping season. For one, it signaled the beginning of Daddy Yankee's relationship with Interscope; previously, he'd relied on the major labels only for distribution. Secondly, it repackaged the hits from Barrio Fino as live recordings, in the process showcasing Daddy Yankee's ability as a live performer with a willingness to tour internationally. Perhaps most importantly, though, Barrio Fino en Directo included a handful of strong new recordings -- including the singles "Rompe" (a number one Latin hit) and "Machucando" (number two), along with bilingual collaborations with Snoop Dogg ("Gangsta Zone") and Paul Wall ("Machete Reloaded") -- that were a clear indication of what could be expected on El Cartel. Indeed, El Cartel is largely comprised of both potential hits and mainstream-crossover collaborations (Fergie, Akon, will.i.am, Nicole Scherzinger, Scott Storch), with most of the latter also qualifying as the former. Highlights are numerous, and they're spread across the album: in particular, the nine-track stretch that extends from "Fuera de Control" (the only Luny Tunes production here, surprisingly) to "Papi Lover" is a nonstop delight, though the three-song stretch near the end of the album including "Corazón Divina," "Plane to PR," and "Me Quedaria" also stands tall and closes the album on a satisfying note.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2007
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602517335707
catalogNumber: 000893702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daddy Yankee   Primary Artist
Tony Love   Guitar
Raffi Torres   Trombone
Angel "Angie" Machado   Trumpet
Yanira Torres   Vocals
Jose Ruiz   Trumpet
César Ayala   Trombone
Ana Paula Torres   Vocals
Yosef Torres   Vocals
Gilda Gonzales   Vocals
Wifey   Vocals

Technical Credits

Santana   Audio Production
Menace   Audio Production
Leslie Brathwaite   Vocal Mixing
Kara DioGuardi   Producer
will.i.am   Producer,Engineer
Diaz Brothers   Audio Production
Nicole Scherzinger   Producer
Daddy Yankee   Audio Production
Conrad Golding   Engineer
William   Audio Production
Luny Tunes   Audio Production
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Producer,Audio Production
Raymond Ayala   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Andrew Flad   Marketing
Justin Dreyfuss   Marketing Coordinator
Frank Rodríguez "El Médico"   Engineer
Kiley DelValle   Graphic Design
José A. "Gocho" Torres   Audio Production
Nely Los Cangris   Audio Production
Egy Rodriguez   Audio Production
Elvis 'Mr. G' Garcia   Audio Production
Humberto "Humby" Viana   Audio Production
Marcos Masis   Audio Production
Scott Storch   Producer,Audio Production

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