- Hip Hop/ Latin
"Residente is a Puerto Rican rapper, writer, filmmaker, producer and founder of the alternative rap group Calle 13. He has won 4 Grammy Awards and 25 Latin Grammy Awards - more than any other Latin artist.
Born René Juan Pérez Joglar, he studied fine art for 8 years, before launching an independent career as a lyricist, performer and director of many his own music videos. His lyrics have been lauded by critics and studied by academics at universities around the world.
Residente spent more than a decade as the voice of Calle 13, the genre-splicing Puerto Rican duo of Residente and Visitante ?" his half brother Eduardo José Cabra Martinez ?" who composed and produced the music. Calle 13 started out close to reggaeton and socially conscious hip-hop, like a Puerto Rican Public Enemy, but its ideas advanced exponentially through its five albums.
Eventually, Calle 13's songs dipped into hip-hop, salsa, klezmer, Native American chants, hard rock, even Irish jigs, while Residente's lyrics offered sociopolitical commentary, raunch, science fiction and solidarity with a worldwide underclass. On tour, the group sometimes collected admission prices in food, to be distributed to the local poor or disaster victims. Residente often displayed political slogans on his T-shirt or his painted chest."