The last time Panamanian DJ/remixer El Chombo (real name: DJ Rodney Clark) was talked about on Billboard was back in 2001, thanks to the novelty smash “El Gato Volador.” The track, an early reggaeton hit, became a club favorite thanks to its then-new dembow beat.
Nearly 20 years later, El Chombo is back on the charts in spectacular, and unlikely, fashion, thanks to another novelty hit. “Dame Tu Cosita” (which translates to "give me your thingy”) entered the Hot 100 at No. 81 with 10.4 million U.S. streams (up 26 percent from the week before) and 1,000 downloads sold in the tracking week ending April 26, according to Nielsen Music. It's his first entry on that chart.
So, why is El Chombo, an artist who’s been out of the spotlight for nearly two decades, suddenly hot?