Various Artists

MVP, Vol. 2: The Grand Slam

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The early-2000s reggaeton boom keeps up its momentum on MVP2: THE GRAND SLAM, a collection of the Latino/reggae/hip-hop hybrid's finest artists. As on any self-respecting reggaeton compilation, the style's reigning king, Don Omar, makes an appearance, and his energetic "Dale Don," which sounds like Eminem and Shaggy battling it out en Espanol, shows all others how it's done. Other standout tracks include Angel's gritty, synth-heavy "Fua," Gocho's sensitive "Culpables" (which comes replete with a flute line), and Divino's flamenco-guitar-tinged "Sin Tu Presencia." The overall vibe here is remarkably consistent, with ubiquitous keyboards and dancehall beats giving MVP2 the feel on a non-stop party album. For those familiar already with reggaeton, this is an excellent mix; for the uninitiated, this 16-track album is fine place to sample the best of the style.

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