The collection opens with an in-depth exploration of the social and sonic currents that coalesced into reggaeton in Puerto Rico during the 1990s. Contributors consider reggaeton in relation to that island, Panama, Jamaica, and New York; Cuban society, Miami's hip-hop scene, and Dominican identity; and other genres including reggae en espa ol, underground, and dancehall reggae. The reggaeton artist Tego Calder n provides a powerful indictment of racism in Latin America, while the hip-hop artist Welmo Romero Joseph discusses the development of reggaeton in Puerto Rico and his refusal to embrace the upstart genre. The collection features interviews with the DJ/rapper El General and the reggae performer Renato, as well as a translation of "Chamaco's Corner," the poem that served as the introduction to Daddy Yankee's debut album. Among the volume's striking images are photographs from Miguel Luciano's series Pure Plantainum, a meditation on identity politics in the bling-bling era, and photos taken by the reggaeton videographer Kacho L pez during the making of the documentary Bling'd: Blood, Diamonds, and Hip-Hop.
Contributors. Geoff Baker, Tego Calder n, Carolina Caycedo, Jose Davila, Jan Fairley, Juan Flores, Gallego (Jos Ra l Gonz lez), F lix Jim nez, Kacho L pez, Miguel Luciano, Wayne Marshall, Frances Negr n-Muntaner, Alfredo Nieves Moreno, Ifeoma C. K. Nwankwo, Deborah Pacini Hernandez, Raquel Z. Rivera, Welmo Romero Joseph, Christoph Twickel, Alexandra T. Vazquez