Latin rap veteran Vico C has long straddled the divide between party reggaetón music and thoughtful rap.
Latin rap veteran Vico C has long straddled the divide between party reggaetón music and thoughtful rap. On his latest album, "Desahogo," released in the midst of the current reggaetón craze, the superior quality of Vico C's work is more apparent than ever. You can hear it in the incisive title track and the multiple collaborations that range from "Lo Que Grande Que Es Perdonar" (with Gilberto Santarosa), which blends rap with traditional tropical music, and "Vámonos Po' Encima" (with D'mingo and Spanish rapper La Mala Rodríguez). Ivy Queen, Cultura Profetica and Eddie Dee also make appearances. But the spotlight remains on Vico C, who is unusual in his ability to be lyrical and hardcore, along with—like West Coast counterpart Akwid—his appreciation for arrangements that go deeper than a DJ's turntable. It comes together in this eclectic yet eminently urban disc.—LC