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Latin rap is not a homogeneous style but rather a term that covers all rap by Latin@s.

The first bilingual ("Spanglish") rappers were Kid Frost and Mellow Man Ace[?], followed by Cypress Hill featuring Mellow's brother Sen Dog[?]. On the East Coast, Puerto Rican rappers Big Pun, Hurricane G[?] and Fat Joe followed.

In the course of the 1990s, rappers from Latin America and Spain dropped their first records, e.g. Control Machete[?] from Mexico, DJ Kun[?] from Argentina and 7 Notas 7 Colores[?] from Spain. Latin hip-hop continues today with Artist such as Carlos Coy AKA South Park Mexican from Texas, SPM also manages Dope House Records a conduit for other upcoming artists.

It is also important to remember a big movement that is going on in Puerto Rico with latin rappers, and a new kind of "latin rap" is gaining popularity. While big time Puerto Rican rappers like Big Pun and Fat Joe made their mark in the american industry of hip hop, many talented rappers are hidden under the language barrier and produce great spanish lyrics on the Puerto Rican hip hop movement. Some of these are Mc Ceja[?], Lito Mc Cassidy[?], Polaco[?], Tempo , and a new rapper who is introducing some of the old school and so called "real" hip hop, Tego Calderon. These are some of the many rappers that hold respect among hip hop fans, but there are a bunch of others that produce a rather "new style" invented in PR. This is called "reggaeton", in other words a mix of very tropical tracks, combined with some sort of "techno" music and heavy bass and fast drums. The singers specialize in topics such as women, sex, and parties and dancing.

This very popular movement have caused a lot of controversy in PR for the explicit lyrics of the aforementioned topics and the very explicit music videos produced. Among the most famous "rap singers" of this genre are Og Black and Master Joe[?], Nicky Jam[?], Ranking Stone[?], Don Omar[?], Ivy Queen[?], Plan B[?] and Wisin y Yandel[?]. Actually, reggaeton music has reached international acclaim and some videos and parties are actually made in US. However, because of the popularity of this new genre, some really talented rappers are faded. Some day perhaps, track masters like Dj Black[?], Dj Ecko[?] and Dj Dicky[?] will reach international status and credit.

Latin Rap is a type of music that has been influencial to youngsters of Latin American countries as well as those of Hispanic background who reside in the United States, since the middle to late 1980s and the early 1990s.

Latin Rap has been a hit specially in countries with a large number of migrators to the United States. In Puerto Rico, for example, where many of it's residents have moved to New York, Miami and Chicago over the years, latin rap was jumpstarted by a wave of singers that included Ruben DJ[?] and Vico C. Ruben DJ's hit, La Escuela, (The School) and Vico C's hit, La Recta Final, (The way to the End) received considerable radio time during the late 1980s.

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