El Cartel: The Big Boss [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602517349520
  • Catalog Number: 000906502
  • Sales rank: 93,093

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jefe (3:57)
  2. 2 En Sus Marcas Listos Fuera (3:26)
  3. 3 Cambio (3:11)
  4. 4 Fuera de Control (3:03)
  5. 5 Impacto (3:05)
  6. 6 Ella Me Levanto (3:29)
  7. 7 A lo Clasico (3:55)
  8. 8 Bring It On (3:43)
  9. 9 Who's Your Daddy? (3:44)
  10. 10 El Celular (2:32)
  11. 11 Ven Damelo (3:35)
  12. 12 Papi Lover - Nicole (3:41)
  13. 13 Que Paso! (4:12)
  14. 14 Mensaje de Estado (4:06)
  15. 15 Tension - Hector el Father (3:21)
  16. 16 Soy lo que Soy (4:11)
  17. 17 Coraza Divina (3:55)
  18. 18 Plane to PR (4:08)
  19. 19 Me Quedaria (4:20)
  20. 20 Todos Quieren a Reymond (4:41)
  21. 21 Impacto - Fergie (3:27)
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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
Technical Credits
Leslie Brathwaite Vocal Mixing
Scott Spencer Storch Producer, Audio Production
Kara DioGuardi Producer
Michael Fuller Mastering
will.i.am Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Nicole Scherzinger Producer
Conrad Golding Engineer
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam Producer
Raymond Ayala Executive Producer
Andrew Flad Marketing
Justin Dreyfuss Marketing Coordinator
Frank Rodríguez "El Médico" Engineer
Kiley DelValle Graphic Design
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