Puerto Rican duo Calle 13 has grown quite a bit since their first album release. In the past six years, their thumping reggaeton beats have gone on to include elements of electro and Latin pop. Now Residente and Visitante are ready to push things even further, by recording in English for the very first time.
In an interview with The Washington Post, front man Residente explained their plans for the newest record.
“It was a nice practice, a nice experience, translating my Spanish ideas to English,” he explained. “It’s very difficult because your rhyming [is different]. I don’t want to compete with the rappers here in the States.”
Following up their hugely successful 2010 album, Entren Los Que Quieran, will be no easy task. It’s obvious that the Spanish audience loves Calle and so do the critics. They’ve won countless awards and sold millions of albums. So could recording strictly in Inglés alienate their huge fan base?
Not according to Residente. He believes going bilingual will open the group up to an entirely new audience.
“I studied art for eight years, and I know how important it is to communicate, and I want to communicate with more people. It’s not gonna be in English only. My girlfriend, she’s from Brazil, and I know that sooner or later I’m gonna do something in Portuguese. But right now I’m going to do something in English. When I’m in English, I think I write very well. I just have problems when I have to speak, but in the studio I’m working that out.”
Perhaps Residente is on to something about expanding the Trece Army. Right now, it looks like quite a few existing fans are pretty peeved with the group. This week, Residente and Visitante cancelled shows in Miami, Texas, and northern California.
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By Michael Lopez