You can definitely call Panamanian rapper El General a pioneer of reggaetón music.
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Before Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Wisin & Yandel, El General dropped ??? tracks such as the 1991 dance hit “Muevelo, Muevelo.”
Although it his music was more reggae than reggaetón, his influence is undeniable. Remember this one?!
We have no idea what “tu pum pum” means but never really stopped to think about it because the song is so damn good.
It’s like El General had the exact formula for a catchy song that would instantly get people on the dance floor. Was it something in his DNA, or perhaps he was a child prodigy of reggaetón? That must be it, right?
El General explains that the reason he produced such intense dance music was because of the devil!
Edgardo Armando Franco, known to the world as El General, is now a 47-year-old Jehovah’s Witness who says he was influenced by “bad company.”
“When I was young, I had dreams of becoming a famous singer, but I knew the truth,” Franco said to El Nuevo Dia. “What happened was that I didn’t remove those dreams from my heart and I began to listen to these bad influences.”
He goes on to say that the lyrics caused him great conflict, but after a few drinks, he went ahead and recorded the now-famous songs.
“Those songs played everywhere on the radio,” Franco said. “That was a victory for satan.”
Well, in that case, we’d like to say thank you to el diablo because we’ll always have this beauty: