Daddy Yankee

Ahora Le Toca al Cangri

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Released in the wake of Daddy Yankee's worldwide success with "Gasolina" and Barrio Fino, Ahora Le Toca al Cangri showcases the reggaeton superstar's live performance ability, in particular an energetic show in his native Puerto Rico circa 2003. Like its stateside companion (i.e., hip-hop), reggaeton unfortunately doesn't come across as well live in front of a crowd as it does in the studio. That's not the fault of Yankee, of course, who turns in a high-spirited performance here. It's more a matter of acoustics, as the fast-paced, beat-heavy style of reggaeton doesn't sound so good in a context such as this. For instance, Yankee's vocals come across muffled and the beats come across likewise. The poor sound quality aside, Ahora Le Toca al Cangri does capture Yankee's performance well. His crowd goes absolutely bananas, and Yankee seems to have a great sway over them, addressing them often and, as the saying goes, keeping them on the edge of their seats (though it's highly unlikely anyone's sitting down -- or even standing still, for that matter!). In particular, halfway through his performance he breaks into salsa on a song titled "Puerto Rico Te la Dedico," which of course instantly sends the crowd into a frenzy. Other high points include a show-closing medley that includes some fun DJing, as the beats from 50 Cent's "In da Club" get aired for a nice surprise moment before Yankee closes the set with a remix of the show-opener, "Seguroski."

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