El Abayarde

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El Abayarde
Studio album by Tego Calderón
Released July 1, 2003
Genre Latin music
Hip-hop
Reggae
Reggaeton
Producer Luny Tunes
Noriega
DJ Joe
Rafy Mercenario
Coo-Kee
DJ Nelson
Echo
Maestro
Tego Calderón chronology
El Abayarde
(2003)
El Enemy de los Guasíbiri
(2004)
Singles from El Abayarde
  1. "Abayarde"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Pa' Que Retozen"
    Released: 2003
  3. "Cambumbo"
    Released: 2003
  4. "Guasa Guasa"
    Released: 2003
  5. "Al Natural"
    Released: 2003

El Abayarde is the debut album by the Puerto Rican rapper Tego Calderón. It included the singles "Pa' Que Retozen", "Guasa Guasa" and "Al Natural". It was originally released 2002 through White Lion Records selling over 75,000 copies its first week between Puerto Rico and some parts of the United States. Despite heavy bootlegging internationally due to the album's lack of availability worldwide it was still able to sell over 300,000 copies. It would eventually be internationally distributed by Sony BMG in 2003.

Album details[edit]

El Abayarde was one of the first reggaeton albums to be successful in the United States, and also of the genre. Having five singles released, it is the album with the most singles in Tego Calderon's career. The album took reggaeton to a new level, and revolutionized reggaeton in North America. The album features contributions by Eddie Dee, Luisma, and Maestro. The tracks were produced by Luny Tunes, DJ Nelson, Maestro, Rafy Mercenario, DJ Joe, DJ Adam, Echo and Coo-kee. This is Tego's debut album and was one of the albums that internationalized reggaeton. The singles include: "Abayarde", "Gracias", "Cambumbo" and "Pa' Que Retozen".

The Revolution of Reggaeton[edit]

El Abayarde is one of the albums that help revolutionized reggaeton worldwide, along with Daddy Yankee's Barrio Fino, Ivy Queen's Diva and Don Omar's The Last Don. It was the most purchased reggaeton album in the United States of the year, helping it break the record for the most sales as a reggaeton CD in its first week. The album is credited with introducing reggaeton in places like Houston, New York, Miami and Los Angeles in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Featured guest(s) Time
1 "Intro" Noriega Luisma 0:46
2 "Abayarde" Maestro 3:22
3 "Al Natural" Luny Tunes and Noriega 3:33
4 "Poquito" Echo 3:03
5 "Pa' Que Retozen" DJ Joe and Rafy Mercenario 2:31
6 "Interlude" 0:46
7 "Loiza" DJ Adam 3:10
8 "No Me La Explota" Coo-keea and Gerardo Cruet Eddie Dee 4:39
9 "Interlude" 0:34
10 "Guasa Guasa" Luny Tunes & Noriega 4:00
11 "Dominicana" DJ Nelson 4:12
12 "Cambumbo" Coo-kee 2:59
13 "Salte del Medio" Echo 3:09
14 "Tus Ojos" Maestro 3:59
15 "Los Difuntos" Coo-kee 3:05
16 "Lleva y Trae" Luny Tunes and Noriega Jessy 1:52
17 "Bonsai" DJ Adam Maestro 3:05
18 "Gracias" Echo 4:24
19 "Planté Bandera" Tempo Alomar 4:14

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