Reggaetón - The History.
Reggae is an indigenous music genre related to the
Jamaican native Ska, sharing elements from
Rhythm & Blues and Caribbean primitive styles
such as Pocomania, Jonkanoo and Mento, among
others. It is part of the Rasta movement, which
most pure music form is called Nyahbingi. Roots is
the escence of Reggae, mostly comprising lyrics
about freedom based on the suffering of African
native slaves brought to Jamaica. Rocksteady
emerged in the mid-60s emphasized by the sound
of the electric bass and drums. In the 1970s Bob
Marley became the first celebrity out of this
movement and by the end of that same decade the
first Reggae songs in Spanish language started
coming out from Central America, performed by
Panamanian urban artists singing on top of
well-known music tracks. A local trend that became
a music export item soon after. At the same time,
the first artists influenced by  American Hip-Hop
emerged from the Puerto Rican underground. After
Salsa, Merengue (including Merenhouse) and
Bachata, Latin Rap turned into one of the most
popular local trends. Puerto Rican urban artists
started to perform an eclectic style as an
alternative to the mellow/laid-back Panamanian
reggae, featuring a more aggressive mid-tempo
and male chauvinist lyrics. In the mid-90s Latin Rap
records by Puerto Rican artists featured for the first
time the new hybrid style. In 2004 Reggaetón along
with Mexican traditional-inflected Regional/Urban
became the most popular music styles in U.S.
Hispanic communities.