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Encyclopedia > Don Dinero
Don Dinero

Background information
Birth name Jose Manuel Guitian
Origin Washington Heights, New York, United States
Genre(s) Hip hop, Rap
Occupation(s) Rapper, songwriter
Years active 2000s-Present
Label(s) Machete Music
Universal Musica Latino
Associated
acts
Celia Cruz

Jose Manuel Guitian, popularly known as Don Dinero, is an American-born Cuban Reggaeton Artist living in Miami. He is presently signed to Machete Music, an imprint label underneath Universal Records. Image File history File links DonDinero. ... Washington Heights is a New York City neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ... Αω ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Present may mean: present (time): time that is neither past nor future a gift: thing given free of charge, gratis This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Celia Cruz (Úrsula Hilaria Celia Caridad Cruz Alfonso) (October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003) was a [[CubaInsert non-formatted text here|Cuban]] salsa singer who spent most of her career living in New Jersey, and working in the United States and several Latin American countries. ... Universal Records was founded in 1996, when Universal Music was created following the purchase of MCA Records by Seagram in 1996. ...


Biography

Born in the rough Washington Heights section of Manhattan, Dinero found much inspiration amid New York's thriving hip-hop scene. Don Dinero, is the son of Cuban exiles who arrived in the United States at the beginning of the 1960's. While growing up, Don Dinero witnessed the birth of rap and immediately became attracted to the movement. Dinero, who raps fluently in English and Spanish, says his music has been successful because Latinos were hungry for rap that spoke to their experience. Washington Heights is a New York City neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. ...


In the late '90s he and his older brother, Oscar Guitian, started their own label, Last Laugh Records, and went about making their dreams come true. Not much came of that venture, unfortunately, and Dinero decided to move himself and his family to Miami, where he believed there was ample opportunity amid the city's huge Latino population. This was in 2002, and he immediately began work on what would become Que Bola! He released the album by the end of the year, on Cuban Connection Records, and Miami's Salsa 98.3 began playing the single "Pana Pana." This in itself was landmark, as the predominantly tropical station rarely if ever played so-called urban music, but the best was yet to come, when Universal Latino offered to pick up Que Bola! for distribution, reissuing it in 2003 in an enhanced edition. Universal also green-lighted a group album, Don Dinero and the Revolu All Stars, and a DVD, Su Vida y la Calle -- both of which furthered the quickly mounting buzz surrounding Dinero. Such was the buzz that Dinero and Dinero alone was chosen to collaborate with Celia Cruz on a remix of her "Son de la Loma" single, released in 2004. That year he also independently released a retrospective collection, The Best of Don Dinero, which featured his best-known songs in remixed form. All of this ascension culminated in 2005 with the release of Ahora Que Sí, Dinero's long-awaited follow-up to Que Bola! The album's lead single, "Arte de la Calle," got excessive airplay in the stateside Latino enclaves of Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and Texas, setting up well the album's eventual release in July. Celia Cruz (Úrsula Hilaria Celia Caridad Cruz Alfonso) (October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003) was a [[CubaInsert non-formatted text here|Cuban]] salsa singer who spent most of her career living in New Jersey, and working in the United States and several Latin American countries. ...


The popularity of Don Dinero

Don Dinero has become a major American-born, Spanish-rapping hip-hop artist to make the major-label jump and find widespread commercial acceptance, Don Dinero is one of a kind for a moment, that is, before a legion of followers like [[[Pitbull]] followed in his footsteps and likewise found an eager market for stateside Spanish-language rap. Granted, stateside Latino rappers such as Cypress Hill, Lil Rob, Nore, and Big Punisher had preceded Dinero by years, and south of the border there long had been plenty of Spanish-language rap, for instance the Mexican hardcore rap of Control Machete or the massive reggaeton movement. But Dinero was different: he was an American who rapped in en español for Spanish-speaking Americans, which set him apart from his aforementioned predecessors and made him a unique presence in the hip-hop world and also earned him much respect from American Latinos, who felt he was rapping for them, not for a crossover audience as his American predecessors had. Cypress Hill are a Latin-American hip-hop group from South Gate, California. ... Lil Rob (born Roberto Flores in September 1975) is a Chicano rapper from San Diego, California. ... N.O.R.E. formerly known as rapper Noreaga, is a member of the rap group C-N-N. N.O.R.E. stands for Niggaz on (the) run eatin. He is currently signed to Def Jam Records and Roc-A-Fella Records. ... Christopher Lee Rios also known as Big Pun (November 10, 1971 - February 7, Puerto Rican rapper who emerged from the underground rap scene in the Bronx in the late 1990s. ...


External links

  • Universalmusica.com
  • Official Website
  • Official Myspace

 
 

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