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Elvis Crespo Teamed Up With Ilegales Again To Give His Fans Another Dance Song To Repeat All Summer Long

Elvis Crespo surprised his fans with a major plot twist when he recently entered the world of EDM and fusing it with his signature música tropical.

After the success, and Latin Billboard award, for his song “Bailar” with Deorro, Crespo is giving his fans another EDM party song with “Guayo.” mitú spoke with Crespo about this new move into the EDM world… And of course, we couldn’t pass up the chance to talk about one of his first smash hits – “Suavemente.”

After the success of his first EDM fused song, “Bailar,” Elvis Crespo is back with a second EDM tune with “Guayo.” He calls this fusion the new Elvis Crespo sound.


“We saw the success of last year’s song ‘Bailar‘ with Deorro and how that song brought the mix of the tropical sound and the EDM sound and we captured a new audience,” Crespo told mitú. “When we were in the studio to create ‘Guayo,’ we wanted to find that color, that sound – that new Elvis Crespo sound. We updated my sound and that’s the reason that we are very happy with the release and this new sound.”

You might remember Crespo as the genius behind the song of every family gathering: “Suavemente.”


This song has proven to be a force of nature with some serious staying power in the Latino community.

“Suavemente” might be 19 years old this year but let’s be honest – it is still on every Latino’s party playlist.

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“I lost my name because of this song because when people see me on the street they say, ‘Hey, Suavemente!’ I’m not Elvis Crespo anymore, I’m Suavemente,” Crespo joked about the massive hit. “I feel blessed because it is a blessing to have a great song like ‘Suavemente.’ If you hear ‘Suavemente,’ you feel like I could have written this song yesterday. It sounds current and that’s a blessing.”

After such a monumental hit in his career, Crespo told mitú that he still gets nervous when he puts out new music, especially something as unique for him as an EDM-infused tropical song like “Bailar.”

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“When we recorded ‘Bailar,’ I had my doubts,” Crespo admitted to mitú. “It was a new path and sound but we saw the results and we kept a positive mind. We strived to bring a new sound and I found a new color to my music.”

To add even more fire to the song, Crespo teamed up with his friends, the guys from the music group Ilegales. But this isn’t the first time the two musicians have worked together.

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“I worked with him for a song called ‘Yo No Soy Un Monstruo‘ and that song made it to the top of the Latin Billboard charts in 2012,” Crespo told mitú. Crespo added: “When I finished the first step of the song I called him and told him that we have a hit here and that he had to hear it. He added his creativity to this song and now we have a great song.”

And people are loving “Guayo” so much, it might be replacing “Suavemente” Zumba classes.


Crespo considers “Guayo” as a summer song. He told mitú that it is the kind of song that you put on and just dance to and enjoy it. You know you’ve got a hit when you’ve created a song that people actually want to work out to.

But the real star of the song and music video is the pineapple.

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Crespo told mitú that the pineapple is one way that he and his PR team tried to engage younger people on social media. But, in the music video, the pineapple is more than just a symbol. The blue cord is an aux cord that carries the song ‘Guayo’ within to share with the world.

And Crespo has no plans on stopping there. He’s planning on making some more EDM music for his fans.

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Crespo told mitú that he has become a huge fan of some EDM producers including Tiesto and Steve Aoki and hopes to work with them in the future.

“I feel right now that my voice sounds great in EDM music,” Crespo told mitú. “I feel like I found a niche with ‘Bailar’ and I want to stay on that path.”

Watch the full music video for “Guayo” below.


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READ: It’s Time To Pick A Side: Is “Suavemente” The Jam Or Is It Super Annoying?

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Alaina Castillo’s New TikTok Trend Is Empowering People To Embrace Their Latinidad

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Alaina Castillo’s New TikTok Trend Is Empowering People To Embrace Their Latinidad

Not everyone has the privilege of growing up surrounded by their cultura, with parents there to pass on knowledge of traditions and customs from home. That, combined with heavily opinionated internet trolls, has led to many people struggling to feel confident in their identity. In a digital world that tries to force us all to fit into boxes, what does “Latino enough” mean and how do you know if you’re there?

Recently, we asked our Instagram community “what does being Latino mean to you?” and although some responses had details in common, for the most part they were as unique as every member of the community itself. There is no one definition of Latinidad, and therefore there is no way to measure what exactly makes someone “Latino enough.”

We got the chance to talk to Alaina Castillo, musical artist and TikTok Queen, about how she identifies with Latinidad and what this TikTok trend means to her. Did we mention quarantine has not stopped her from dropping new music? Check out her latest single, “tonight”!

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What does being Latina mean to you? – mitú

“It means that I have something to identify with and be proud of because of my family members, my culture, and the things that I participate in as a Latina.” – A.C.

Side note, this was a personal reminder that we represent the community wherever we occupy space, whether we realize it or not. We are all participating in things as members of the community.

What’s something that, as a Latina, you are proud of? – mitú

“The strength and endurance that we have. I’ve seen it in my dad, his family, and so many others and it makes me feel proud as well as encouraged to achieve my goals with the same mindset as them.” – A.C.

While they may not be perfect (and let’s face it, who is?), our parents are the definition of hard working. Remembering that their blood runs through my veins always keeps me going when the going gets tough. Si se puede!

What Latino figures inspire you? – mitú

“Selena, even though she was an artist that I didn’t really grow up listening to. When I found out who she was, she was someone who I related to because she was a Mexican-American learning to speak and sing in Spanish, while breaking a lot of barriers that people had set up around her.” – A.C.

La Reina del Tex-Mex was a trailblazer indeed! Who else could forget Selena’s iconic “diecicuatro” blurb when she appeared in an interview with Cristina Saralegui? The important thing to focus on is that she was TRYING! As long as we’re all working on improving and being the best versions of ourselves, that’s the best we can do, and it’s okay to make mistakes along the way.

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Name one meal that, no matter where you have it, always reminds you of home. – mitú

“Homemade tamales!!!! 100%” – A.C.

You know we love some good tamales, so naturally our next question was…

Where is your family from? – mitú

“My dad is from Mexico and my mom is from Ohio.” – A.C.

Mmmm…Mexican tamales 😋

Have you ever been to those places? – mitú

“Yes, both places. I went to Mexico when I was really young, maybe about two times, and then I’ve traveled to Ohio on various occasions to see family. I was young each time I went to those places so they’re little memories I think of when I miss my family.” – A.C.

What would you say is the most “Latino” item in your home? – mitú

“We have these blankets from my grandma that I grew up using. I thought they were normal blankets but then I saw on social media that almost every Latino household has some and I was like hmmm, what do you know?” – A.C.

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What would you say to people who think that not speaking Spanish makes you less Latino? – mitú

“I think it’d definitely be nice to know the language fluently but some people aren’t taught Spanish growing up and that’s not their fault. Not speaking the language doesn’t mean that they don’t have the same customs or should be rejected from the culture that their family is from. I decided to learn on my own because I’ve always been interested in Spanish, and also so I could speak with my family and I see that’s what a lot of other people are doing too.” – A.C.

One more time for the people in the back: not speaking Spanish doesn’t make you any less Latino.

How do you celebrate your Latinidad? – mitú

“With pride. I wouldn’t be who I am today without influences from my family so it’ll always be something I carry with me and proudly show throughout my life and career.” – A.C.

What do you hope people take away from this trend? – mitú

“That Latinidad is something you’re born with and it can’t ever be taken away from you,” – A.C.

So forget about the opinions of other people! All they’re doing is projecting their beliefs onto you and that is not an actual reflection of who you are. We hope you are inspired to embrace your Latinidad on your own terms, and that you walk more confidently in your identity. So duet us on TikTok and don’t forget to use the hashtag #AreYouLatinoEnough to join in on the fun!

Did we mention quarantine has not stopped Alaina Castillo from dropping new music? Check out her latest single, “tonight,” below!

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Latin music is something we all grew up with. Our parents raised us on the voices of Celia Cruz and Vicente Fernandez. We cleaned the house and entertained ourselves on road trips to these artists and they are ingrained in our DNA. Billboard recently released a list of the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some are undoubtedly iconic and others just aren’t Latin music.

Billboard dropped their list for the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some of them are truly classics.

Amor Prohibido” by Selena, “Guantanamera” by Celia Cruz, “El Rey” by Vicente Fernandez, and “El dia que me quieras” by Luis Miguel are just a few of the songs on the list that deserve all the praise. They are songs that transport us to our childhoods and cherished family memories.

The list also includes some newer songs that have rocked out adult worlds. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, “Mi Gente” by J Balvin, “El Farsante” by Ozuna, and “Tusa” by Karol G and Nicki Minaj all made the list. Not only do these songs speak to the Latino audience, they have been able to go mainstream sharing our musical culture with the world. That’s something to admire and respect because it gives our community representation like never before.

The list has proven to be just want some people have been asking for.

Tbh, this would make a pretty amazing road trip playlist if you need to pass the time. Nothing like a mix of Latin music songs playing along to give you a big, inclusive sabor of Latin America through music. A little be of Mexico and a little bit of Puerto Rico mixed in with a little bit of Colombia is pure joy and magic.

However, a lot of people are questioning the list’s inclusion of Spanish artists.

The list has various artists who are not Latino, but Spanish. There seems to be an unspoken rule in the music industry that music in Spanish is automatically Latin music. Fans have long been arguing against the industry’s blanket label of Spanish-language music automatically being considered Latin music.

Rosalía, who has arguably become the face of the debate, is listed as having one of the best Latin music songs of all time.

While Rosalía does make some good music, there is a real push to make sure the artists of Latin American roots are uplifted in Latin music. There is nothing wrong with including Rosalía in your Spanish-language playlists but Latin music fans want the distinction made that some artists aren’t Latino.

You can check out the rest of the Billboard list here.

READ: Vogue México Put A Spanish Music Artist On Their Cover And Called Her Latina And Latinos Almost Set Twitter On Fire

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