Ivy Queen

Drama Queen

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Going futuristic seems to be reggaeton’s thing in 2010, but minus the usual synths and slickness, Ivy Queen’s Drama Queen keeps all its sci-fi elements on its cover artwork. Otherwise, this is a standard issue effort from "La Reina del Reggaeton," with expected guest shots from folks like De la Ghetto and Wisin y Yandel. The beats are familiar as reggaeton drum machines meet R&B keyboards and the Queen herself is brassy as ever, commanding attention on every track with a stern yet sexy delivery. That said, she's hardly stuck in a rut, as it’s all executed very well -- you can check the furious "La Vida Es Asi" or the uplifting “Amor Puro” for instant proof. The competition may stumble by attempting to re-create the genre with hi-tech theatrics, but here the Queen keeps her reggaeton strain strong by sticking with the original formula.

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