The genre’s success has also brought to the forefront the already-existing music careers of old-school reggaeton artists, such as Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee and Plan B. Thanks to old-school and new-school collaborations — as seen on Chris Jeday‘s “Ahora Dice,” featuring Balvin, Ozuna and Arcangel or, most recently, Anuel AA’s “China” with Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G & Balvin — the Latin urban scene is staying strong and changing the game.
Check out 11 of the hottest old-school reggaeton artists of the moment.
With songs such as “Despacito,” “Dura” and “Con Calma,” Daddy Yankee is no new name in the game. In fact, he’s been in the biz since 1991 and has blessed us with classic reggaeton hits such as “Gasolina,” “Lo Que Paso, Paso,” and “Llamado de Emergencia.”
Did you know that before dropping songs such as “Hasta el Amanecer” and “X,” Nicky Jam kicked off his music career in 1994? He’s so old-school that he even had a duo with Daddy Yankee called Los Cangris in the ‘90s. One of Nicky’s most memorable songs from back in the day is “Tu Marido,” released in 2003.
Wisin & Yandel
After a 5-year hiatus, we’re glad that Wisin & Yandel began making music again and touring together. The Puerto Rican duo kicked off their career in 1998 and became a household name with songs such as “Sexy Movimiento” and “Pam Pam.”
De La Ghetto
Who remembers when Arcangel and De La Ghetto were a duo in 2004? Those days are long gone, as De La Ghetto kicked off his solo career in 2006, and has since worked with many artists including Dillon Francis and Fetty Wap.
Arcangel embarked his solo career in 2008 with the release of his first studio album El Fenomeno. His unique voice has nabbed him collabs with artists such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, and Farruko.
Zion & Lennox
From 2000 to 2006, Zion & Lennox was unstoppable, releasing reggaeton anthems such as “Hay Algo en Ti.” After a two-year hiatus, they returned in 2008 and since have continued to drop party-starting jams such as their recent single “Guayo” in collaboration with Anuel AA.
Chencho Corleone, is one of the former voices of Plan B, the urban duo behind classic reggaeton songs such as “Frikitona,” “Si No Le Contesto,” and “Es Un Secreto.” Kicking off his solo career, Chencho is now collabing with artists such as Miky Woodz and Natti Natasha.
Before Karol G, Natti Natasha, and Becky G, there was Ivy Queen — a female rapper who dominated the urban scene in the ‘90s. One of her most memorable tracks is “Yo Quiero Bailar,” and she’s currently making the rounds with “787.”
Jowell & Randy
You might recognize Jowell & Randy’s name from J Balvin’s 2017 catchy tune “Bonita.” But truth is, this Puerto Rican duo has been a thing since the early 2000s. Two of their award-winning singles include “No Te Veo” and “Agresivo.”
Rkm & Ken-Y
From 2003 to 2013, Rkm & Ken-Y was all the rage with classic reggaeton songs such as “Down,” “Me Matas,” and “Igual que ayer.” After a 4-year hiatus, they made a surprise return in “Tonta” with Natti Natasha. Currently, they are making the rounds with “Cuando Lo Olvides.”
Calle 13 began making the rounds in 2004, bringing to the Latin urban scene an experimental sound with witty lyrics. Now, former frontman Residente is making the rounds with new music and teaming up with some of today’s hottest acts, such as with Bad Bunny in “Bellacoso.”