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Wisin Vs. Yandel: Which Solo Album Did Better?

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Over the years, Wisin y Yandel had become a force of nature in the world of Latin urban music. Critically-acclaimed albums like P’al Mundo and Líderes lent to the duo's pioneering, cross-genre work. This past year marked the first time fans received Wisin's and Yandel's respective solo albums within the same time frame, since the pair's split in 2013.

READ: Yandel Readies The World For A ‘Dangerous’ Album

As an avid fan of both artists, it was difficult to decide which album was the superior. While Wisin’s third solo LP Los Vaqueros: El Trilogía spent weeks at the top of the charts, Yandel’s third solo effort Dangerous is his most diverse body of work to date. It served as the tipping point he needed to turn his growing solo career into a successful Latin pop crossover. Both albums are a bang-up job, yet one audibly outshines the other.

Los Vaqueros: La Trilogía
In 2014, Wisin achieved his mainstream crossover goals with his second solo album, El Regreso del Sobreviviente. For his follow-up, Wisin decided to continue the duo’s well-known album series with the third installment, Los Vaqueros: La Trilogía. Wisin invited a mixture of veterans and today's new favorites like Plan B, J Alvarez, Gocho, Tony Dize and singer Divino. Wisin also teamed up with his old friends Luny Tunes, Haze, Noriega and more, to produce the double-disc compilation.

The lead single from the 23-track project “Nota de Amor,” featuring the legendary Carlos Vives and Puerto Rican icon Daddy Yankee, excels as the most unique-sounding track on the album, while songs like the Ricky Martin-assisted, EDM-inspired “Que Se Sienta El Deseo” and the extensive “La Trilogía (Intro)” featuring Tito “El Bambino,” Arcángel, Baby Rasta, and Farruko keep the party going. Plus, playful tunes like "Traviesa" and "Faldita Esa" will have all the ladies winding and grinding 'til night falls.

Dangerous
Yandel, on the other hand, expands his melodic versatility on, Dangerous. The Puerto Rican crooner switches up his flow to match Future’s Dirty Sprite-inspired verses in “Mi Combo (Spiff TV),” an unlikely and unprecedented collabo. He also brings on artists like Shaggy, Lil Jon and Pitbull to flex his pop appeal and challenges rapper French Montana to "keep up" on their joint track, "Dejáme Explorar.”

READ: Hip-Hop Video Director Spiff TV Will Make Music History In 2016

With production from Nesty “La Mente” Maestra and Luny Tunes, Yandel falls back into his reggaeton roots with songs like “Fantasia” and radio hit “Encantadora.” He also recruits De La Ghetto, Nicky Jam, Tego Calderon and Gadiel to add their own sazón to the already-eclectic mix. All in all, Yandel’s album seemingly has the quality sound and mass appeal necessary for the mainstream crossover he deserves. Just ask Jay Z.

The Final Verdict
According to Billboard, Yandel’s third solo album failed to match the overall success of Wisin’s body of work in La Trilogía, which held the  No. 1 spot in the Top Latin Album Charts for several consecutive weeks. However, the groundbreaking collaborations on Dangerous coupled with making history on TIDAL and HBO helps catapult Yandel’s budding solo career into the musical stratosphere. While we congratulate Yandel on his crossover progression, Wisin’s third solo album remains an international success. Number don't lie, right? You be the judge…

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Cypress Hill To Make History With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

After 30 years in hip-hop, Cypress Hill is due to make history with their latest accolade. The multi-platinum selling group is set to become the first Latino American hip-hop collective to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The induction ceremony, presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, takes place on April 18 in front of Greenleaf Restaurant located on Hollywood Blvd.

George Lopez and Xzibit will help unveil the star alongside Rana Ghadban, president & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The free ceremony is open to the public and will be live streamed via WalkofFame.com.

“We are proud to honor the first Latino American hip-hop recording group,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame said in a press release. “They have been successful as a group for three decades and we know they will continue their success for many years to come.”

Cypress Hill, comprised of B Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Eric “Bobo” Correa, is noted as the first Latino-American hip-hop group to have platinum and multi-platinum selling albums with more than 18 million records worldwide. In the early 1990s, Cypress Hill became the first rap group to have two albums in the Billboard 200 thanks to the success of their self-titled double-platinum debut and their sophomore effort, Black Sunday. The album went on to sell more than three million copies and spawned the rap classic “Insane in the Membrane.”

Cypress Hill released their ninth studio album, Elephants On Acid, last year. Following the Walk of Fame induction ceremony, the group will perform at the famous Whiskey a Go Go club in Hollywood.

 

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Miguel Drops Spanish-Language EP 'Te Lo Dije'

In an ode to his Mexican heritage, Miguel has released a five-track project that is the Spanish/Spanglish version of his 2017 War & Leisure album. Te Lo Dije features collaborations with fellow Spanish-speaking artists Kali Uchis, C. Tangana, Dante Spintetta and Emmanuel Horvilleur, as well as Mexican Mariachi girl band, Flor de Toloache.

Miguel's Spanish-language project is one that he has been teasing his fans with, hence the name of the EP, Te Lo Dije. The phrase means "I told you so" in Spanish and also happens to be the name of a song on the EP. On this collaborative effort, Miguel is mixing in his R&B vibes with his Latin ties, so for fans looking for a mixture of both, they can listen the Spanish version of his hit, "Sky Walker" featuring Spinetta and Horvilleur. Uchis can also be found on "Carmelo Duro" showing off her Colombian roots.

This is the 33-year-old artist's first Spanish-language project and he even said that he thinks he likes "these songs better in Spanish." The R&B artist took to his Instagram account to his express his excitement on Te Lo Dije, as well as give props to people who helped him through the process.

"FIRST RELEASE OF THE YEAR," he wrote. "TE LO DIJE (a selection of songs off of W&L en español)."

 

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FIRST RELEASE OF THE YEAR ! TE LO DIJE (a selection of songs off of W&L en español) I want to thank my cousin @yeyasmiles and @flordetoloache, @kaliuchis and @c.tangana and everyone that helped me translate these songs 🙏🏾. I think you might like these better in Spanish. Enjoy . Love you

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Make sure to listen to Te Lo Dije here.

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Jennifer Lopez Took Trips To The Strip Club With Alex Rodriguez To Prep For "Hustlers" Role

In the forthcoming film Hustlers, Jennifer Lopez is playing a single mother from The Bronx named Ramona, who also happens to be a stripper. During a recent interview with Hot 97’s Ebro Darden on his show on Apple Music Beat’s  1, the 49 year-old superstar revealed she and fiancé Alex Rodriguez visited a strip club in New York City—solely for research purposes.

“Alex was very excited about me doing a stripper movie,” she said. “He helped me do research by going to a strip club in NYC with me and we watched the show and afterward I chatted to some of the girls.”

“Of course he knew that world (the stripper world) very well from when he was a young athlete, going to the clubs and stuff,” she continued. “He helped me a lot with the preparation for this movie and was very supportive.”

 

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I’m a hustler baby... I just want you to know... #Ramona on fire 🔥 On set and in character for #hustlersmovie #stxentertainment

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Additionally, J.Lo discussed the movie’s main plot and the training she had to do to get her body ready for the role.

“It’s a movie from the perspective of female hustlers. Sort of a female Goodfellas vibe. I’m always training for something,” she said. “For the movie Hustlers my body had to be fit, so I started preparing my body. Me and Alex went on a strict no sugar, no carbs diet first for ten days then for 5 days. Also dieting is easy when you are 20 and gets harder the older you get. I’ve got a video coming up on my YouTube channel about my dieting and staying fit.”

Watch a clip of her talking about Hustlers below. There is no set release date yet for the film.

 

 

 

 

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