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Residente performing at el Festival Afrocaribeño in 2009.
Background information
Birth name René Pérez Joglar
Born (1978-02-23) February 23, 1978 (age 37)
Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Genres Hip-hop, urban
Occupation(s) Vocalist, lyricist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts Calle 13
"Residente" of Calle 13

René Pérez Joglar, (born February 23, 1978 in Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico, [1] better known by his stage name "Residente Calle 13" or simply "Residente", is the Puerto Rican[2] lead singer and composer of the Puerto Rican band Calle 13, which also includes his siblings Ileana ("PG-13") and Eduardo ("Visitante"). He began his career singing reggaeton, but has moved away from the genre, taking an experimental and varied approach to music, with his lyrics being more geared to social and political concerns[3] which combines hip-hop and urban with various Latin American musical styles.

Early life and education[edit]

Residente, was born on February 23, 1978 in Hato Rey, a neighborhood located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[4] He is the son of Puerto Rican actress Flor Joglar de Gracia[5] and a lawyer and ex-Nicaraguan Revolution enthusiast, who was also a leading figure in the Labour movement.[6] Residente met his step-brother Visitante when they were both two years old, when Residente's mother married Visitante's father.[7] The family developed strong ties to the Puerto Rican arts community; Residente's mother was an actress in Teatro del Sesenta, a local acting troupe, while his stepfather is currently a lawyer, but at one time was a musician.[8] Residente asserts that he and his family lived a relatively comfortable lifestyle growing up, placing himself in a group of Puerto Ricans who are "too poor to be rich and too rich to be poor."[9] Although their parents later divorced, the stepbrothers remained close.[7]

Residente attended the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree in computer animation.[10][11][12]

Musical career[edit]

Calle 13 was formed when Residente began making music with his step-brother Visitante (real name Eduardo José Cabra Martínez) in 2004.[7] The step-brothers hosted their music on a website, and began searching for a record label in order to release their music commercially.[7] After sending demo tapes to White Lion Records, the duo was offered a record deal.[7] The duo gained recognition for their controversial song "Querido FBI", which responded to the killing of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, a key figure for the Puerto Rican independence movement.[8]

Joglar chose his stage name "Residente" because that is how he had to identify himself to the guard every time he returned to his house in Trujillo Alto.[5] Residente's influences come from numerous musical genres. Artists that were influential on him included salsa master Rubén Blades, singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez and writer Tite Curet Alonso.

He had made a cameo appearance in the 2009 film Old Dogs, where he played a tattoo artist.[1]

In May 2014, Calle 13 performed at Vive Latino for a third time. When they were playing "El Aguante", one spectator jumped onto the stage and attacked Residente's microphone. Five security guards grabbed the invader and Residente tried to punch him.[6] The duo later issued a statement (with a fan-made video of the incident) in which they say Residente's punch never actually hit the aggressor.[13] They also included a video in which Residente is shown with the attacker sharing a drink and celebrating the duo's fifth album, Multi_Viral, released by the time of the incident.[13]

Residente and his band Calle 13 have won 19 Latin Grammy Awards and 3 Grammys, the most of any group.[14]


Main article: Calle 13 discography
With Calle 13



Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2008 Residente o Visitante Best Latin Urban Album Won
2010 Los de Atras Vienen Conmigo Best Latin Urban Album Won
2012 Entren Los Que Quieran Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album Won

Latin Grammy Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2006 Calle 13 Best New Artist Won
Calle 13 Best Urban Music Album Won
"Atrévete-te-te" Best Short Form Music Video Won
2007 Residente o Visitante Album of the Year Won
Residiente o Visitante Best Urban Music Album Won
"Pa'l Norte" (feat Orishas) Best Urban Song Won
"Tango del Pecado" Best Short Form Music Video Won
2009 Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo Album of the Year Won
Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo Best Urban Music Album Won
"No Hay Nadie Como Tu" (featuring Café Tacuba) Record of the Year Won
"No Hay Nadie Como Tu" (featuring Café Tacuba) Best Alternative Song Won
"La Perla" (featuring Rubén Blades) Best Short Form Music Video Won
2011 Entren Los Que Quieran Album of the Year Won
Entren Los Que Quieran Best Urban Music Album Won
"Latinoamérica" (featuring Totó la Momposina, Susana Baca and Maria Rita) Record of the Year Won
"Latinoamérica" Song of the Year Won
Shakira's "Sale el Sol" (Composer) Album of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Vocal Album Won
"Calma Pueblo" Best Alternative Song Won
"Baile de los Pobres" (featuring Rafa Arcaute) Best Urban Song Won
"Vamo' a Portarnos Mal" Best Tropical Song Won
Rafael Arcaute and Calle 13 Producer of the Year Won
"Calma Pueblo" Best Short Form Music Video Won

Billboard Latin Music Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2007 Calle 13 Best Reggaeton Album Won
2009 "No Hay Nadie Como Tu" Hot Latin Song of the Year Vocal Duet or Collaboration Won

Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica

Year Recipient Award Result
2006 Calle 13 Promising Artist Won
2007 Calle 13 Best Urban Artist Won
2009 Calle 13 Best Urban Artist Won

Instituto Cubano de la Música

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 Calle 13 Premio Internacional Cubadiscom Won

Ateneo Puertorriqueño

Year Recipient Award Result
2011 Calle 13 Medalla Ramón Emeterio Betances Won


  1. ^ a b Internet Movie Database. "Residente". Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
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  3. ^ LT25 Radio San Nicolás (20 January 2012). "Manu Chao y René Pérez manifestaron su apoyo a Famatina". Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Calderón, Esther L. (November 12, 2011). "Por qué nos gusta René de 'Calle 13'". Divinity. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b (12 November 2011). "Por qué nos gusta René de 'Calle 13'". Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Acuña, Carlos (20 April 2014). "Me Llaman el Incongruente". Emeequis (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Birchmeier, Jason. "Calle 13 Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  8. ^ a b Rohter, Larry (2010-04-18). "Continuing Days of Independence for Calle 13". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  9. ^ Morales, Ed (2009-08-02). "Calle 13, in search of the real Latin America". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  10. ^ Rivera, Enrique. "Calle 13 Invites Fans To Embrace The Ugly". National Public Radio. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
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  13. ^ a b "Residente se reúne con el fan que lo “atacó” en el Vive Latino". LifeBoxSet (in Spanish). 3 April 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Informador (10 November 2011). "Calle 13 hace historia en los Grammy Latinos". Retrieved 20 February 2012. 

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