The Underdog/El Subestimado [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
OK, you don't get reggaetón. Maybe you're an old-school Latin music fan. What improvement could this hip-hop truncated music -- all electronic beats and call-and-response choruses -- make on the vast, expressive field of rumba, son, cumbia, merengue, salsa, and Latin jazz? Well titled indeed is Tego Calderón's third release, his first on WEA's domestic label, The Underdog -- because he's got something to prove, not only as an artist but as the most revered exponent of his genre. Calderón delivers, too. Designed as a tour of Afro-Latin music, El Subestimado tackles reggaetón, straight-up hip-hop, rumba, plena, and salsa with confidence. Calderón's thick Puerto Rican ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
OK, you don't get reggaetón. Maybe you're an old-school Latin music fan. What improvement could this hip-hop truncated music -- all electronic beats and call-and-response choruses -- make on the vast, expressive field of rumba, son, cumbia, merengue, salsa, and Latin jazz? Well titled indeed is Tego Calderón's third release, his first on WEA's domestic label, The Underdog -- because he's got something to prove, not only as an artist but as the most revered exponent of his genre. Calderón delivers, too. Designed as a tour of Afro-Latin music, El Subestimado tackles reggaetón, straight-up hip-hop, rumba, plena, and salsa with confidence. Calderón's thick Puerto Rican Spanish lyrics are rife with slang both contemporary and cockily antiquated, and as the bilingual liner notes indicate, they're deeper than the average "fill up my gas tank" reggaetón. Like his hero, the salsa singer Ismael Rivera, Calderón takes seriously the role of the sonero to tell the story of his people: -- not just the bling-flinging celebs but the local heroes and villains, the everyday strugglers, winners and losers both. The second half of this very long disc is especially exhilarating in this regard; a true rumbero, Calderón could (and maybe should) do an entire album of bomba and plena instead of the two tracks here (his salsa is credible, too, if a notch above perfunctory). And "Bad Man," featuring Calderón sparring with dancehall king Buju Banton, is a wise nod to the other ingredient in the reggaetón phenomenon. Speaking of guest stars, Calderón hosts a battery of veteran percussionists, including Luisito Quintero and Richie Flores, and voices, especially Oscar D'Leon, Ray De La Paz, and Cano Estremera, alongside the hip-hop talents of Salaam Remi and reggaetón stars Yandel and Voltio, positioning himself as a conduit between Latin music past and future. On Subestimado, Tego Calderón doesn't just take it to the bridge, he is the bridge.
All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
As the next-big-thing reggaeton story line was repeatedly narrated throughout 2005 and 2006, detailing how the Puerto Rican musical style had quickly ascended to commercial prominence among Latinos, a certain conventional knowledge arose about who the figureheads were, namely Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Tego Calderón. And so a horse race seemed to be taking place among these three, with Omar even going so far as titling his 2006 album King of Kings in acknowledgement. Such bravado is unsurprising, of course, given the deep influence of hip-hop upon reggaeton, but still, a certain segment of the swelling reggaeton audience was put off by the cock-fight-like swaggering. Hence the widespread embrace and celebration of Calle 13, a clownish duo that was a breath of fresh air for many, and also hence The Underdog/El Subestimado, Calderón's similarly refreshing sophomore album. Calderón's previous release, El Enemy de los Guasíbiri [2004] was mostly comprised of stray recordings that predate his debut, El Abayarde [2003]. The Underdog/El Subestimado is refreshing because it eschews the boilerplate aspects of so much reggaeton -- that is, the production style patented and mass-marketed by Luny Tunes, and duplicated ad nauseam by lesser bandwagon-jumpers, to the point where this style became not just generic but a serious liability seized upon by critics who remarked over and over, "It all sounds the same!" Well, it doesn't all sound the same on The Underdog/El Subestimado. This is an album that revels in its willingness to freewheel from salsa and dancehall to straight-up rap in its earnest attempt to showcase a unique style of reggaeton that is creative as well as rousing. Calderón certainly plays an important role in this attempt, as his flow purposefully varies from track to track and his wry persona looms large over the album. His selection of producers is also key, as he works with relatively unknown beat-makers who stretch the boundaries of reggaeton, coloring outside the lines. The end result is a polychromatic take on the style, one that demonstrates how creatively rich reggaeton can be when artists are willing to take risks and move beyond the proven marketability of the Luny Tunes template. Sure, much of the same could be said about Omar's King of Kings, released a few months earlier. Yet as bold as that album is at times, its adventurousness pales in comparison to the whimsy of The Underdog/El Subestimado. Omar and Daddy Yankee may be reggaeton's kingpins, competing for an intangible throne of respect and admiration among the masses of the reggaeton nation, but with The Underdog/El Subestimado, Calderón, the style's other figurehead, abandons the horse race and trailblazes his own path, one that's considerably more interesting musically, and respectable in its own way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075679412126
  • Catalog Number: 94121
  • Sales rank: 391,693

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 ¿Cómo Me Llamo Yo? (2:25)
  2. 2 Los Maté (2:53)
  3. 3 Mardi Gras (3:41)
  4. 4 Slo Mo' (3:37)
  5. 5 Pon La Cara (2:55)
  6. 6 Payaso (Interlude) (1:26)
  7. 7 Payaso (4:35)
  8. 8 Comprenderás (2:39)
  9. 9 Llora, Llora (3:29)
  10. 10 Chillin' (3:15)
  11. 11 Veo, Veo (3:56)
  12. 12 Oh Dios (3:54)
  13. 13 Extremidades (3:06)
  14. 14 Son Dos Alas (Interlude) (0:33)
  15. 15 Chango Blanco (5:11)
  16. 16 A Mi Papá (3:24)
  17. 17 Cuando Baila Reggaetón (3:04)
  18. 18 Bureo, Bureo (2:44)
  19. 19 Por Qué (Interlude) (1:17)
  20. 20 Llévatelo Todo (2:24)
  21. 21 Bad Man (3:23)
  22. 22 Mil Cosas (3:16)
  23. 23 Llegó el Chynyn (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tego Calderón Primary Artist
John Benítez Bass
Ray de la Paz Coros
Richie Flores Conga
Renaldo Jorge Trombone
Ozzie Melendez Trombone
Salaam Remi Keyboards
Rafael de Jesus Coros
Cano Estremera Coros
Luisito Quintero Bongos
Carlos Rodríguez Guiro
José Sibaja Trumpet
Domingo Ramos Percussion, Keyboards, Timbales
Alfredo Hernandez Percussion, Vocals
Desmar Guevara Piano
Chino Nino Guest Appearance
Fernando Perdomo Guitar
Troyton Rami Musician
Kevin Douglas Wright Musician
Víctor Cabrera Musician
Francisco Saldaña Musician
Tegui Calderón Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Cajon
Cookee Musician
Carlos Pabón Bongos
Marger Sealey Vocals
Eddie Temporal Maracas
Technical Credits
Siedah Garrett Composer
Oscar D'León Composer
Mark Myrie Composer
Chris Athens Mastering
Jesus "Chuy" García Engineer
Carlos Rodríguez Engineer
Daniel Cruz Composer
Domingo Ramos Composer
Troy Rami Composer
Corey Hill Composer, Engineer
Tego Calderón Producer, Executive Producer
Troyton Rami Producer, Engineer
Víctor Cabrera Composer, Producer, Engineer
Francisco Saldaña Producer, Engineer
Raul Justiniano Graphic Design
Cookee Producer
Echo & Diesel Producer
Danny Fornaris Producer
Corey Jackson Hill Composer, Engineer, drum programming
Paul Irizarry Composer, Engineer
Parallaxt3s Producer, Engineer
Armando Rosario Composer
Eduardo Lobo Composer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Job!!

    This is a great album. I like most of the tracks. Including the interludes! Keep up the great work Tego!!

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