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Dave Grohl Thought He Discovered A New Rhythm But Someone Reminded Him Reggaeton Did It First

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El día que Foo Fighters "descubrió" el reggaetón.

El día que Foo Fighters "descubrió" el reggaetón.

Posted by Culto on Monday, September 25, 2017

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“I thought I just discovered the coolest drum beat in the world… all of a sudden I realize every Justin Bieber song has it…”

It’s always interesting when someone “discovers” something about your culture that you’ve known about damn well all your life. If it’s not a chopped cheese sandwich, mofongitos or even the entire concept of NYC bodegas, it’s our music. Well, this interview with Foo Fighters frontman and ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl reveals that he happened to stumble upon reggaeton when working on the Foo Fighters song “Run.”

According to the interview above, he thought following his high-energy guitar riff with a quick drum beat created a cool sound that he’d never heard before. A music producer pointed out, “Oh, you’ve brought us a Reggaeton beat,” to which he replied, “What’s reggaeton?”

Then Grohl exclaimed, “Every fuckin’ Justin Beiber song has it… I was like, ‘Oh no.'” Although I shook my head to that, it’s not entirely wrong, as The Beibs has indeed co-opted the sound time and time again. Seems like a theme here…

Here’s the song below. The “reggaeton” beat starts around one minute mark:

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I doubt anyone’s going to get a perreo in while jamming to this at the club. Not exactly “Despacito,” but I hear it. Good luck un-hearing it.


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