4 Songs You Didn't Know Nicky Jam Wrote
Nicky Jam may be one of the hottest reggaetoneros of our generation, but he's also one of the most coveted songwriters in the industry. His modern love lyrics resonate with millennials who are using Jam's upbeat sensual tracks to get the girl they're chasing after.
The chart-topping artist told Billboard back in April that early on in his career he "wrote about strange things, like ‘I am better than your boyfriend.’ The record was not very good, but the style I sang in caught the attention of the DJs in Puerto Rico." It wasn't until he moved to Colombia that he learned about the importance of lyrics. "I realized that Colombians listened more to the words than the rhythms. They liked the romantic reggaetoneros. That's where I discovered myself as a writer."
Proving that reggaetoneros can also sing about love, Jam wrote "El Perdón." "People told me that the song was too romantic for this type of music ... But I thought, 'We need that.' I'm from the 'hood, and we have feelings too." The track, featuring Latin superstar Enrique Iglesias, became the second-longest-running No. 1 in the history of Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart.
Below are four songs you may not have known were penned by the urban superstar:
"La Noche" by Valentino
Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Valentino made one of Jam's songs his own. "La Noche" is an upbeat track that stays true to Jam's style when it comes to songwriting: flirty and seductive.
"Me Llamas" by Piso 21
Jam partnered up with the four members of this up-and-coming Colombian reggaeton group and Puerto Rican songwriter Wise to write this track. "Me Llamas," which has the lead singer beg his future girlfriend to call him and give him a chance, was released in July.
"Como Lo Hacía Yo," by Ken-Y feat. Nicky Jam
The track reached No. 14 on Hot Latin Songs on the March 26, 2016, chart. It became Ken-Y and Nicky Jam’s longest-running No. 1 on the Tropical Songs chart after spending three weeks at the top, first peaking in January of this year.
"Sunset," by Farruko feat. Shaggy & Nicky Jam
Farruko reached his highest peak on Hot Latin Songs as a lead act when “Sunset” peaked at No. 3 (Nov. 7, 2015 chart). It spent 15 weeks in the top 10. The song gave Farruko his first No. 1 as a lead on the Latin Airplay chart (it notched Nicky Jam his second No. 1 and Shaggy’s first).