Reggaeton has been around for many years, this type of music started off in Panama, long before love filled the air in Woodstock, but it didn’t come out of the underground scene until (you may remember) Tu Pun Pun. Shortly after that it was adopted by the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico, which took the Caribbean sound to a whole new level.
When I got a hold of it in the early 90′s, I was floored. I couldn’t believe that I was walking around my neighborhood with a mix cassette tap straight from Puerto Rico, that contained the young voices of Vico C, Nick, and Ramon. During this time, no one knew who they were, and I had no idea that the tape with four songs, held the words of a boy who would go on to change the face of reggaeton years later. By this time I began to appreciate the rocksteady beats a little more, joining in with the rest of the young adolescents of my time overplaying the sounds of Shabba Ranks, at every house party we went to.
Fast forward 10 years later, I received a burned CD that read, “This will change your life”, and when I placed it in my CD player, it sure did change my life, Daddy Yankee was born.
When I first heard ‘No Mercy’, I thought, “what am I going to do with this?” I needed to share it with the rest of the world, I began to share it amongst my friends, which at the time didn’t welcome it too openly. By now the internet had begun to take shape, and I got a hold of Homerun-es, I spent most of the early years of myspace sharing nothing but reggaeton. It didn’t sit well with the listeners, so I did what I’m known for best; I obsessed over Daddy Yankee, when ‘Barrio Fino” came out until everyone knew his name. While people played the Gasolina, and learned about Daddy Yankee, I was siting back thinking, “well its about time!”
This beautiful man from Rio Piedras, is my reggaeton John Mayer, and I’m happy to share him with you on today’s post. Daddy Yankee released a new video over the weekend featuring Arcangel. Please take the time to listen, taste and enjoy!
Edin was born in Chihuahua Mexico, but lived most of his young adult life in Reno, one day without hesitation he decided to venture off cross country with his camera, and by the time he turned around he had already settled into a cozy little loft on South Beach, making Miami his most precious muse yet.
I had been in search of a photographer for what seemed like forever, only because everyone in the social media world needs one, there’s no point in being a network junkie and not have photographer in your circle, it just doesn’t make any sense.
Out of the many people I could have possibly come into contact with, I’m glad I now have him in my life, he is absolutely amazing. Last summer I had a choice between a NYC, LA or Miami photographer for the NOH8 Campaign picture: A La Risky Business, and once I was given the OK, I just had to go with Edin. It would’ve been completely ridiculous of me not have picked him for such a campaign.
Like most people who come to Miami looking for inspiration, Edin has planted his roots in this beautiful city. Don’t be surprised if you find him around town doing fashion shows, climbing a building in Mid-Town for some crazy tutorial, jumping in a plane for some serious street photography, or simply laying low and taking shoots of the sunset. Also you can find his work by checking out his page, following him on twitter, and ‘liking’ him on facebook.
HELLOOOOO, FRIDAY! I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve had quite a busy week and I’m stoked that it’s finally Friday! Thanks for hanging out with me while Wajima took some time off to focus on some important things going on in her life these days!
Let’s see, so far this week, I’ve shared with you my love of both beautiful faces and beautiful music! Now, let’s take a look at my obsession with the retro 60’s clothing worn by the cast of the AMC award-winning series, Mad Men…more specifically the characters of Don Draper and Joan Holloway. No need for me to ramble on about how much I love them because I could go on for DAYS! Seriously…when I “grow up”, I wanna look Just. Like. Joan…or at least have that woman’s measurements!!
Take a look for yourself at the sexy, classy and sophisticated style of these two drop-dead gorgeous characters!
This summer scented nail polish was the must have thing of the past (everyone forgot to inform me) but this Fall ruby red, plum lips, juice pink and plaids are this years “New Black” & a fashion must-haves!
This year Fall is all about the booties, and although Fall is known for its warm earthy tones, something tells me I’m going to be looking for the ultimate BOLD & vibrant booties ever. I’m always looking for the ones that will make my jaw drop instead of yours. Do you have the ultimate Fall Boot? Show it to me!
Cirkus Taupe Price: $149.95
Savana Lace Booties $98 at Fossil.com
Remember Greg Hansen? Sure you do, he’s one out of the many beautiful Eye Candy’s featured on the blog. Well it just so happens that Mr. Hansen has drop yet another album which is now available on itunes just in time for Fall, and this has given him that chance to make his way back on the website not only as a Monday’s Eye Candy, but also this weeks choice as, Music for the Soul. Enjoy!
There’s only two things in this earth that truly belong to me, my name and my passion for Frank Sinatra. When I was six my grandfather had coffee in one hand, and a news paper in the other walking towards his office he said, “Mimi”, (that’s what my grandparents used to call me) “come it’s time for you to hear the truth.” With pig tails on both sides of my head, and a very rare one of a kind 1983 Cabbage Patch Kid in my arms, I walked into his office to hear the truth. He sat down and in front of his type writer were all the magazine he had collected throughout the years sat on top of his desk, and organized some of it along with all the clippings he had cut out of the news papers of what interested him the most, after all being a writer for a news paper company wasn’t his only passion, no.. it was being a fan of the New York Yankees, and Frank Sinatra that kept him in the news papers business.
He then picked me up, sat me on a chair next to him and said, “Are you ready for the truth?” Being that I was so young, if he were to have told me that the world would end in 2.5 hours I would’ve still had been very wide eyed, and excited to hear the truth. For you see I was his granddaughter, sure he had a son, and an older grandson, but none of them had the interest I had in the wanting to get to know him better. He was bigger than life, after all standing at a size 6.2 in height, this view coming from any child who couldn’t hurt themselves due to being way too close to the ground, he was a giant.
As I sat there waiting to hear the truth, he got up and walked to a filing cabinet, and grabbed a cassette tape, he inserted into the radio on top of the filling cabinet and pressed play (that was a good thing about my grandfather, once the tape would finished, he would rewind it back, so that if he needed to hear it again, it was ready to go). By this point I probably had forgotten that I was waiting to hear “the truth” because I ended up falling a sleeping for the rest of the afternoon. By the time I had awoken I was in the car, and we were on our way home. I said to him, “Pipo, I didn’t get to hear the truth,” and he said, “Mimi, yes you did, you just did what you always do…you fell asleep.”
I remembering one night being on the phone with him, I had just returned to my moms after living with my grandparent in Virginia, and I was home sick… if you will. So I did what I had always done after that, called him collect. While listening to him talk about the new Yankee season, he spoke about how exciting it was to write about it again (he loved the Yankees) he paused, “Have you been having a hard time sleeping?” I said, “yes.” And he with the softest voice I had ever heard was able to remind me about the truth again. “Have you not been listening to Old Blue Eyes?” and I said, “No. I don’t have any of his music with me, and even if I did, mom doesn’t have a radio. What is it about him that makes me feel comfort?”
“Mimi, it has always been the one thing in the world that gave you comfort, and I was the only one who picked up on it, I guess it’s because I implanted that in you, by being his fan.” A week later, I had a radio and two cassettes sent to me. After that, he made sure that I wouldn’t go without music again, when the CD player first game out, he sent us one, and with that came the Frank Sinatra CD’s.
I’ve been finding it hard to fall asleep lately, and last night I did just what I was instructed of me to do many years ago, I put on Old Blue Eyes on my phone, and before I knew it, it was 10am Sunday morning. Now why did he call it the truth? Well truth be told, my grandfather was interesting in that way, he had a metaphor for things that now at 33 they are beginning to make sense. He called it the truth because he felt that music was my only outlet from the world I lived in, and because up until 22, Frank Sinatra had been the only man who could ever put me to sleep. However the truth is, it wasn’t Frank at all, it was more the fact that his music was the only thing I had that kept me close to the only man that had ever truly loved me. Happy Fathers Day, Pipo. I miss you so much.
Miami what can I say just when I thought you didn’t have it in you anymore, you managed to rock the hell out of a joint!
The Pass sparked up the evening for the wild fire better known as Navegante, that would engulf the Vagabond later on that night. The energy was high, the music was out of control, and the Miami Bass towards the end was a beautiful compliment to a set list that turned into 8 songs of nothing but Electric pop rockin’ beats! I can’t emphasis this enough, you have to see them for yourselves, because its an experience unlike any other…please believe me!
Now I came across a sample of what the energy was like last night…and hopefully all the videos taken at the show will surface soon, I will keep you posted on those over at WAJIMA via Facebook so head n down, and “Like” me. Also don’t forget to follow Navegante on twitter you never know when they will rock out in your hometown! Thank you for an amazing night, guys I will see you in NY!
I thought I would get you ready for a Saturday night on the town. Here is a mix from Vic Latino and the best reason as to why NY DJ’s are the business! If this doesn’t make you move, then you are dead.