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:
Reggaetón hasn’t evolved much over the last decade, opening a window for artists like Díaz to break new ground. While he’s not afraid to show his roots, Diaz’s sound borrows more from the rap flows of Vico C than the dem bow of early Daddy Yankee.
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
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
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.
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.