Nicky Jam

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Nicky Jam
Birth name Nick Rivera Caminero
Also known as El Cangri
Born (1980-03-17) March 17, 1980 (age 34)
Boston, U.S.
Origin Puerto Rico
Medellín, Colombia
Genres Reggaeton
Occupations Singer, Composer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1994 – present
Labels Picoll (1994 - 2001)
Guatauba Productions (1999 - 2002)
Pina Records (1999–2008)
White Lion Records (2003)
Jams Records (2003)
Los Cangris Inc. (2003)
Industria inc. (2008 - Present)
Associated acts Daddy Yankee, R.K.M & Ken-Y, Hector & Tito, Lito & Polaco, Yaga & Mackie, Magnate & Valentino, DJ Blass, Musicologo & Menes
Notable instruments

Nick Rivera Caminero (born March 17, 1980),[1] and known artistically as Nicky Jam, is a Dominican born-Puerto Rican singer. He is a reggaeton artist. Jam is known for such hits as "Me Voy Pa'l Party", "Chambonea", "Vive Contigo", "En La Cama (feat. Daddy Yankee)", "Buscarte (feat. Daddy Yankee)", "Guayando (feat. Daddy Yankee)", "Voy A Beber (feat. Ñejo)", among others.

Early Life[edit]

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts however he later moved with his family to Catano, Puerto Rico when he was 10 years old. He has been in reggaeton since his youth. The name "Nicky Jam" was given by a homeless to Nick Rivera as a form of a joke. At the beginning Nick Rivera didn't like the name but as time went he found use of it. Nicky Jam comes from a low income family and he had to work at a grocery store to help his parents. The work he performed at this grocery store was illegal since he was a minor. During his free time he improvised in front of the grocery store. One day a lady from a music label noticed his talent and signed him to her label to release an album. At the age of eleven he recorded his first album "Distinto a los Demas". Since he was young and had no experience in this career, this album wasn't successful. However the album did gain him recognition in the music industry, and got the attention of some music producers like DJ Joe, DJ Playero, DJ Chiklin, and some others.[2]

Musical Career[edit]

Daddy Yankee & Nicky Jam[edit]

After his first album, he continue working in the music industry creating many hits. Thanks to those hits, Nicky Jam had the opportunity to meet Daddy Yankee, which he admired. They met when they were recording with Guatauba and DJ Playero. Daddy Yankee offer Nicky Jam to work with him and thanks to this opportunity a strong friendship began. During the late '90s and early 2000s, they became close friends and both form the unofficial Daddy Yankee & Nicky Jam duo also known as Los Cangris. They created many well known hit singles such as "Sabanas Blancas", "Guayando", "Sentirte" and many others. They also worked together on the album "Los Super Amigos" in 2000 which was never released.[3] Do to personal issues both ended their friendship in 2004 and by this they stopped working together. Nicky Jam continue working as a solo artists and created many hits as well as Daddy Yankee.[4]

Nicky Jam Solo Career[edit]

Nicky Jam rose in fame after the release of Haciendo Escante in 2001. However he gain international recognition until 2004 with the release of Vida Escante. His most recent studio album is The Black Carpet released in 2007. Throughout his career, Nicky Jam, has worked with many artists like Daddy Yankee, R.K.M & Ken-Y, Héctor & Tito (Hector el Father and Tito El Bambino), Lito & Polaco, Big Boy, Magnate & Valentino and many others. However by the late 2000s his career suffer a decline. He decided to move to Medellin, Colombia in 2010. In Colombia, Nicky Jam had the opportunity to continue with his career. Thanks to the Colombian audience he made a comeback with his successful singles: "Piensas en Mi", "Curiosidad", and "Juegos Prohibidos". He also worked with Daddy Yankee again after 8 years of not working together on the album Prestige by Daddy Yankee. Nicky Jam has appeared in many reggaeton albums, currently holding the record for most appearances on various artist albums, which was formerly held by Daddy Yankee. His most recent album appearance is with Daddy Yankee's new album Prestige, with the track "El Party Me Llama". Nicky Jam is currently working on his upcoming new studio album Nicky Jam Punto 7.[5]




Album Appearances[edit]

  • The Cream Vol. 1
  • The Cream Vol. 2
  • The Cream Egyptian Live
  • The Cream Hits
  • DJ Chilin': Los Más Buscado (1996)
  • Wise Da' Gangsta: La Vieja Escuela Vol. 1 (1997)
  • Benny Blanco: Tierra De Nadie (1997)
  • Gargolas 1: El Comando Ataca (1998)
  • Playero 41 (1998)
  • Dream Team: La Union De Los Mejores (1999)
  • Gargolas 2: El Nuevo Comando (1999)
  • Guatauba 2000 (2000)
  • La Misión 1 (2000)
  • Virus (Big Boy album) (2000)
  • DJ Blass: Sandunguero (2001)
  • El Cartel II (2001)
  • La Conspiracion (2001)
  • Mundo Frío (2001)
  • A La Reconquista (2002)
  • Gargolas 3 (2002)
  • Barbosa Live: Los Exitos (2002)
  • DJ Blass: Sandunguero 2 (2002)
  • DJ Dicky: No Fear 4 - Sin Miedo (2002)
  • El (2002)
  • Los Dueños De La Disco (2002)
  • Playero 42 (2002)
  • Rompiendo El Hielo (2002)
  • Tha Bulbas (2002)
  • Vida Eterna (2002)
  • Blin Blin Vol. 1 (2003)
  • D'Untouchables Chapter 1 (2003)
  • La Coleccion (2003)
  • La Conspiracion 2: La Secuela (2003)
  • Los Homerun-es (2003)
  • Los Matadores Del Genero (2003)
  • Pina All-Star (2003)
  • Romances Del Ruido 2 (2003)
  • Chosen Few: El Documental (2004)
  • Fuera de Serie (2004)
  • La Mision 4: The Take Over (2004)
  • La Trayectoria (2004)
  • Los 12 Discípulos (2004)
  • Pina All-Star 2 (2004)
  • Rebuleando Con Estilo (2004)
  • Sabotage (2004)
  • The Noise, Vol. 10: The Last Noise (2004)
  • Da' Concert Of Reggaeton (2005)
  • 40 Entre Las 2 (2005)
  • Da Cream (2005)
  • DJ Blass & Dj Barbosa Presentan: Reggaeton Remix (2005)
  • DJ Blass: Sandunguero Hits (2005)
  • Guatauba: Guatagatos (2005)
  • Fuera De Serie Live (2005)
  • Los Bandoleros (2005)
  • Los Kambumbos: Tierra De Nadie (2005)
  • Reggaeton Bachatero Non Stop (2005)
  • Reggaeton's Best Features (2005)
  • Romances Del Ruido Collection [CD & DVD] (2005)
  • The Prezident (2005)
  • DJ Raymond Presents: The Roots Of Reggaeton (2006)
  • Gargolas: Next Generation (2006)
  • Los Titerones (2006)
  • Reggaeton Hits (2006)
  • Masterpiece (2006)
  • Gargolas: Reborn (2007)
  • Los Titeres (2007)
  • Masterpiece: Commemorative Edition (2007)
  • Los 4 Fantasticos (2007)
  • Marroneo Con Flow (2008)
  • Los Brothers (2008)
  • Los Mackieavelikos (2008)
  • Manada Records Presenta : The President Mixtape (2012)
  • Prestige (2012)
  • Imperio Nazza Series Mixtapes (201x)


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Nicky Jam". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
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  3. ^ es:Los Super Amigos
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  5. ^ Retrieved December 26, 2013

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