Puerto Rican rapper Yandel is ensuring that todo el mundo is prepared for his upcoming album, Dangerous. The reggaeton star teamed up with Nissan for the “Road To Innovation Tour,” set to touch down at every major city across the U.S., including the Big Apple.
This past weekend, Yandel brought his show to New York City’s Stage 48 and performed a considerable chunk of his music catalog, including new gems off his highly-anticipated LP.
“This is going to be a historic show,” said Yandel before gracing the stage. “I enjoy being in New York. I have so many fans here that sing all my songs from start to finish. I’m performing 23 songs tonight and I know they will enjoy it. There will be a lot of positive energy.”
The legend went on to rock a boisterous sea of heads, providing plenty eargasms via classic hits from his Wisin & Yandel heydays, including fav-favorites “Mayor Que Yo” and “Noche de Sexo.” VIBE Viva caught up with the man himself on all things Dangerous, which is set to feature Future, De La Ghetto, French Montana, Nicky Jam and more.
Yandel’s third solo album hits stores worldwide Nov. 6.
VIBE Viva: What inspired the theme behind Dangerous?
Yandel: Dangerous is an album that I was very dedicated to. I wanted every song to be a hit. I worked on 30 songs and chose the best 16. It’s an album that’ll feature American artists such as Future, French Montana, Pitbull, Lil Jon, De La Ghetto, Tego Calderon, Nicky Jam, and El General Gadiel. It will be a very complete album where you will hear real reggaeton but will be refreshing with electronic sounds. It’ll be a very good combination.
Which producers did you call on to help create the album?
The Dangerous album has producers like Tiny, who to me is very special. Also, Luny Tunes, Nesty La Mente Maestra, Nelly La Arma Secreta, Haze, and El Ingeniero. I wanted to use everyone who makes music in Puerto Rico and beyond to have variety.
Your next video is for “Encantadora.” What did you and director Jesse Terrero have in mind for the shoot, because it seems it could be different from the ones you’ve made together in the past?
Musically, its very different. The video is very different because the “Calentura” video was more exotic and was filmed locally in one place. The “Encantadora” video is very tropical, with a lot of color. You can see my island of Puerto Rico and the beaches. I really like the “Encantadora” video. I still haven’t seen the completed video because we just filmed it 3 days ago but I know its going to be out of this league because when you see some of the takes you know how it’s going to be.
You said you’re going back to your reggaeton roots. What do you think has changed about the genre from the time you broke out onto the scene over a decade ago?
Reggeton has changed very much, musically. It has evolved. The artists have also evolved. I think that reggaeton is in its best moment. Now its more international and I think that more people listen to it. People still like the old reggaeton and they enjoy it, but now it has grown so much.