"Rico Suave" is a 1990 single by Ecuadorian rapper and singer Gerardo. It appeared on his 1991 album Mo' Ritmo. The track peaked at #7 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart on April 13, 1991, and reached #2 on the Hot Rap Singles chart a week earlier. In the song, the narrator tells of his luck with women and his lady-loving lifestyle.
The song ranks #100 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s and #9 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders. It also ranked at #37 on Blender's list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever", and, most recently in 2010, at #15 on AOL Radio's list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, with Matthew Wilkening calling it, "The Latino Situation", and stating that "We did the math: Gerardo can't be [Jersey Shore star Michael Sorrentino's] father. But it would make sense, right?"
The video for the single features Gerardo and several male back-up dancers dancing in a sexual way. Gerardo wears an open leather jacket, revealing his abs and pecs. The backup dancers wear white teeshirts under their oversized suit jackets.
The video's intro consists of the singer and two back-up dancers squatting in front of a skyscraper with their backs to the camera. Near the end of the video, Gerardo takes his jacket off. The bilingual version of the video also details Gerardo's encounter with his date's white parents, who appear less than thrilled with Gerardo. The video was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video and Best New Artist. His real-life father played his girlfriend's father in the video.