City Paper is not for tourists
Daddy Yankee’s “Gasolina,” from 2004’s Barrio Fino, was the first reggaeton single to make it on American pop radio. Some critics bashed its repetitive chorus and frantic synth beats, while others saw it as a revival of both American and Latin dance music. Barrio Fino rode right over the critics, sparking a hip-hop/reggaeton revolution and propelling producers the Luney Tunes to fame. Yankee was soon endorsing Pepsi and recording with the likes of will.i.am and Akon. Alas, things are a little different for Puerto Rico’s most famous rapper today. His endorsement of John McCain last year, accompanied by rumors that he had originally approached Obama’s team, backfired when pundits pointed out that Yankee’s songs dealt with the same controversial topics as American rap. His statement that he would play gigs paid for by drug lords hasn’t helped either. But his most recent album, Talento de Barri, which features Colombian vallenato music and T-Pain style autotuned vocals mingling with Yankee’s signature bass rhythms and his staccato raps, shows that the prince of Reggaeton isn’t burned out. And as concertgoers will see on Sunday, he still throws one helluva party. DADDY YANKEE PERFORMS AT 7 P.M. At DAR CONSTITUTION HALL, 1776 D ST. NW. $58. (202) 628-1776.