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This Puerto Rican Rapper is So Confident in His Skills, He Doesn’t Need a Stage Name

Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Wisin & Yandel dominated the Puerto Rican music scene for years and made reggaetón mainstream. But Boricua rapper Álvaro Díaz is breaking away from the dem bow flow to forge a rap career with a progressive sound.

By all appearances, his risk looks to be paying off. Here’s why:

He’s Somewhere in Between Daddy Yankee and Vico C

He’s Gettin’ Love From All the Right Places

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These days, having your music video premiere on Noisey is the late ’90s equivalent of getting picked up by MTV. Landing a little attention from one of the fountains of modern counter-culture never hurts.

Diaz Creates a Sound Many in the Game Can’t Pull Off

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Diaz bounces from rap to reggaetón and then to progressive urban beats. Go back and listen to hazy, blunted-out sound of “Mañana.” Who else is riding beats like that?

His Live Band is Bananas

#?# SOUNDCHECK.

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He’s Not Your Average Cocky Rapper

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Watch just a few minutes of this interview and it’s clear Díaz sets himself apart by maintaining a humble public persona. It’s a welcome alternative to the machismo other hip-hop hopefuls lean on so heavily to make it big.

He Was One of the Standout Latino MCs at SXSW 2015

He’s Got a Clear Artistic Vision

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Whether or not he’s trying to resurrect the kung fu-meets-the-hood style popularized by Wu-Tang, this trailer for Diaz’s Hato Rey mixtape shows that he’s crafting an aesthetic, not just creating music.

He Shows Love to Fellow Latino Artists

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The rap game can be so cutthroat that some choose not to show love for their peers. Whether its a collab or a photo op, Díaz always seems to show love to the talented Latinos he shares the spotlight with.

He’s Got Big Dreams

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It’s hard not to root for someone with healthy ambition, and Díaz has plenty of it if he counts Madison Square Garden as one of the venues he hopes to headline.

He Calls Himself the “People’s Champion”and Lives By It

GRACIAS. #SanturceEsLey ? x @cesarberrios13

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He Puts in Work… and Then Keeps Putting in More Work

When the recording studio is your second home, it’s hard not to think a breakout is inevitable — because there’s no substitute for the grind.

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Bolero Meets The Modern Club in Los Rivera Destino’s New Single “Castigo” with Pedro Capó

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Bolero Meets The Modern Club in Los Rivera Destino’s New Single “Castigo” with Pedro Capó

Puerto Rican band Los Rivera Destino are back with their new single “Castigo” featuring Pedro Capó. The song is the first single from their long awaited album which is due to be released this summer.

Castigo” is the best of both worlds: fusing Bolero and Dembow, creating a fresh take on songs we would listen to at the club.

We had the chance to interview Los Rivera Destino for Latido Music by mitú, and they talked about filming the music video, songs that they would like to see with Bolero covers, working with Bad Bunny again, and more.

Check out our interview below:

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Dimelo Flow Talks Career Beginnings, Working With Sech, Daddy Yankee and Representing Panamá at The Global Music Stage

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Dimelo Flow Talks Career Beginnings, Working With Sech, Daddy Yankee and Representing Panamá at The Global Music Stage

Welcome to Spotlight, where we do a deep dive in the careers of artists, producers, songwriters and more people making an impact in the Latin music industry.

Dimelo Flow, the Panamanian producer behind hits like “Relación Remix” and “Otro Trago“, talked to us about how he started off as a basketball prospect turned club DJ, and how his love for music led him to become a producer. Now he’s not only working with the biggest names in Reggaeton like Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, and Bad Bunny, but has his sights on making global records and putting Panamá on the map.

Watch the full interview below:

During our Spotlight interview, Dimelo also talked to us about his creative process, knowing exactly how to craft the perfect remix and where to locate each artist to create the perfect synergy on a track.

Dimelo also touched on reinventing his sound and collaborating with fellow Panamian artist Sech for his upcoming album ‘42.’

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The Avengers project cemented Dimelo Flow, Sech, Dalex, Justin Quiles, Feid and Lenny Tavarez as a force in reggaeton and took their careers to new heights. Dimelo said that they are already working on a follow-up to The Academy.

He talked to us about sliding into Tyga’s DM’s and now he wants to produce for mainstream artists, naming his dream collabs to work with Post Malone, Drake, and Travis Scott.

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