De La Ghetto

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For duo he formed with Arcángel, see Arcángel & De La Ghetto.
De La Ghetto
Born Rafael Castillo
(1984-09-17) September 17, 1984 (age 30)
New York, U.S.
Residence San Juan, Puerto Rico
Nationality American
Other names El Jefe Del Bloque
The Boss Of The Block
El Jefe De La Versatilidad
De La Geezy
Citizenship Dominican
Puerto Rican
Occupation Singer-songwriter
Years active 2004–present
Musical career
Genres Reggaeton
Instruments Vocals
Labels Masacre Musical Inc., Fight Klub Nation, Sony, Def Jam
Associated acts Arcángel
Jowell & Randy
Zion & Lennox
Juelz Santana

Rafael Castillo (born September 17, 1984), better known by his stage name De La Ghetto, is an American reggaeton singer-songwriter originally of the duo Arcángel & De La Ghetto.


Rafael Castillo Torres was born in Manhattan, New York and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, "La Perla". He was born to a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother. In 2004, he collaborated with Reggaeton artist Arcángel (born Austin Santos) to form the duo Arcángel & De La Ghetto; the group debuted with the single "Ven Pégate", which was featured on Naldo's mixtape Sangre Nueva in 2005. He along with Arcángel signed to Zion's label Baby Records, and have appeared on numerous Reggaeton albums including the compilation Más Flow: Los Benjamins. In 2006, De La Ghetto and Arcangel decided to separate so they could be independent, it was never due to personal reasons. Also in 2006 De La Ghetto began his solo career and appeared the next year on two hit singles, the official remix of "Siente el Boom" by Tito El Bambino and a collaboration with Randy (from the current duo Jowell y Randy), "Sensación del Bloque". One of De La Ghetto's most known singles has been watched on YouTube over 26 million times. Massacre Musical was released in 2009.[1] Masacre Musical peaked at #46 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in the U.S.;[2] its single "Tu Te Imaginas" peaked at #33 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart.[3] In 2009 De La Ghetto was faced against life situations, his mother, Migdalia, died later that year(2009) of cancer. Everyone expected him to quit the music industry and go back to La Perla. Later in 2010 Rafael came back better than ever when he featured in a lot of variety of songs, and came out with his single "Tu y Yo". In 2013 De La Ghetto's first daughter was born, Madonna Castillo. In 2015 De La Ghetto decided to be independent opening his own music company called Latin Nation. Also, his biggest album named Mi Movimiento is to be waited in April.





Year Title peak chart positions Album
U.S. Latin U.S. Latin
2008 "Es Difícil" 42 Masacre Musical
2009 "Tu Te Imaginas" 33
"Come Out and See" (featuring Mavado)
"Lover (Remix)" (featuring Juelz Santana)
"Momento Que Te Vi"
"Stripper Pole" (featuring J-Merk) Masacre Musical Presents: El Movimiento Vol. II
2010 "Tapu Tapu" (With Jowell & Randy) El Jefe De La Versatilidad
"Jala Gatillo"
"Tumbao" (feat. Yandel)
"La Reunion De Los Vaqueros" (With Wisin & Yandel,Franco "El Gorilla", Tego Calderón, Cosculluela) La Revolución Live Vol. 1
"De La Calle" (featuring Ivy Queen) Drama Queen
"Tu Y Yo" Mi Movimiento

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
U.S. Latin
2007 "Aparentemente" (Yaga & Mackie featuring Arcángel & De La Ghetto) 42[4] La Reunión Callejero Flow
2010 "Mala Conducta (remix)" (Alexis & Fido featuring Franco "El Gorilla", Arcángel & De La Ghetto) Perreologia
2010 "Tu Me Robaste El Corazon (Remix)" (featuring Fidel Nadal) Mi Movimiento
2012 "El Jefe" (Los Vagos featuring De La Ghetto,) "Vida Acelerada"
2012 "Actúa (remix)" (J Alvarez featuring Zion & De La Ghetto Imperio Nazza: J Alvarez Edition
2013 "No es una gial" (Farruko featuring De La Ghetto Imperio Nazza: Farruko Edition
2014 "Fronteamos Por que podemos" (Daddy Yankee featuring Yandel & De La Ghetto Imperio Nazza 3


De La Ghetto took his stage name from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode Def Poet's Society, where the character played by Will Smith makes up a poem to impress a girl, and says it was written by a poet named "Rafael, De La Ghetto", since his real first name is Rafael his friends decided to call him "De La Ghetto" from that day on.


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason (2008). "De la Ghetto > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  2. ^ "De la Ghetto > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  3. ^ "De la Ghetto > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
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