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 the year
2004 Reggaetón along with the Mexican
traditional-inflected Regional/Urban became the
most popular music styles in U.S. Hispanic
communities.