Roberto Tapia

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Roberto Tapia is an American singer of Mexican ancestry. Tapia was born in San Diego, California, but raised in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. Tapia has become a well known singer within the Regional Mexican genre and in August 2012, his album El Muchacho hit #1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart. Tapia is also one of the three coaches on La Voz Kids (The Voice Kids), a Spanish-language version of The Voice created specifically for American Spanish-speaking children on the Telemundo Network.

Early life[edit]

Hailing from Sinaloa, Tapia’s parents migrated to the United States before his birth. Tapia was born in San Diego, California but soon after his family decided to re-establish themselves in Mexico. Tapia spent much of his youth in Culiacán in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, where, at the age of 9, he applied and was accepted to the prestigious Difocur School of music in Culiacan, now known as the Instituto Sinaloense de Cultura (ISIC). While at the Difocur School, Tapia specialized in clarinet, but through his interest in music, expanded his expertise to guitar and percussion instruments. During this time, Tapia gained public playing experience by performing with acts such as the Symphony of Sinaloa.

At the age of 13, the Tapia family migrated back to the United States. Reluctant to perform publicly early on, Tapia was later convinced by family and friends to perform at local venues such as dance halls and receptions. Before being signed to a professional label, Tapia would go door to door at record shops in an attempt to sell his recordings on his own. At the age of 17, Tapia made his professional debut performance in Tijuana, Mexico alongside fellow Sinaloense artist, El Lobito de Sinaloa. Tapia was signed to the record company Sony International and began putting together his first album, blending his regional Norteña music with hints of electronica and hip hop.


Roberto Tapia has performed in such noteworthy venues as the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California, and the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

He has also made televised appearances the on Latin Billboard Awards, LATV, and Universal Music Latino.

In 2011, Roberto Tapia made an appearance at the Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, CA to celebrate Mexico’s Independence.

In honor of his hometown, Roberto performed at El Palanque Culiacán to celebrate the Feria Ganadera de Culiacán (Culiacán Cattle Fair), an annual traditional festival celebrating the Mexican Revolution, where everyone shares music, culture and food.

La Voz Kids[edit]

In 2013, Tapia starred as one of the three coaches in the television singing competition La Voz Kids (The Voice Kids), aired on Telemundo. He described La Voz Kids as one of the most important projects of his career. Tapia wanted to share his experiences and struggles as a young kid attempting to make it in the music industry with the children competing on the show.


2002- Roberto Tapia (Self-Titled) [Sony International][edit]

Released Date: March 18, 2002 This was Tapia’s first professional album, released under Sony International Records. Roberto attempted to mix his style of music with touches of Hip Hop and Electronica.


Entrega de Amor (2:29) Love’s Delivery
Loco, Loco (3:10) Crazy, Crazy
Celos (2:51) Jealousy
Por Una Mentira (3:14) For a Lie
Inolvidable (3:13) Unforgettable
Te Amo, Te Amo (3:35) I Love You, I Love You
Que el Mundo Ruede (2:49) May The World Revolve
Incompleto (3:48) Incomplete
Cuando un Amor (2:47) When a Love
Que Locura (3:47) What Crazyness
Te Traigo Ganas (2:44) I’ve Been Wanting You
Amores Como el Nuestro (2:51) Love Like Ours

2008- Los Amigos del M (Machete Music)[edit]

Released Date: January 29, 2008 Though Machete Music is known as a label that focuses mostly on Reggaeton and Latin Pop, it is not hard to see why they chose to produce Tapias second album Los Amigos del M. Seeing the quality and reach of his music, you can see that it was an attempt on their part to reach a new audience and for Tapia, it was a way of working with composers that would take his traditional style of music and inserting a new spin; adding notes of autotune in his music.


Pensé Que Te Había Olvidado (2:59) Thought I Had Forgotten You
Los Amigos del M (3:39) The Friends of M
Las Edades (2:51) Ages
Mi Gran Tesoro (3:17) My Grand Treasure
El Corrido de Chalo Araujo (3:43) The Ballad of Chalo Araujo
Le Semana Completita (3:04) The Week Completely
Corrido del Frankie (2:28) Frankies’ Ballad
Por Verte Felíz (3:25) To SeeYou Happy
El Hijo del Mayo (2:36) The Son of Mayo
Pa' Que Quieres Que Vuelva (2:28) Why Do You Want Me To Return
El Corrido del Ranchero (3:20) The Ballad of the Rancher
El Amanecido (3:05) The Waker
El Corrido del Bitache (2:58) The Ballad of Bitache

2009- El Nino De la Tuna (Fonovisa)[edit]

Released Date: May 26, 2009 In his first record with Fonovisa, a more traditional Mexican music label, Tapia does not deviate from his blending of traditional Mexican music with contemporary notes. In this album, one is also able to see a touch of mournfulness with the use of the horns in songs such as “Como Me Engañaste" and "Caminos Diferentes”. He also experiments with upbeat dance music such as “La Tambora” where the song has been compared to merengue. El Nino de la Tuna is a ballad of Chapo Guzman’s life story. This single was Tapia’s breakthrough in his career in which it was his first hit single most heard and played in the streets of Mexico.


Mi Gran Amor (2:58) My Great Love
El Niño de la Tuna (3:39)
Como Me Engañaste (3:46) How Did You Decieved Me
Pancho Loco (3:25) Crazy Pancho
Desilusión (2:46) Delusion
El Maserati (2:30) The Maserati
Caminos Differentes (2:56) Different Paths
Gente de Guzmán (3:30) Guzman’s People
La Tambora (2:29) The Drum
Iván el Chapito (3:32) Ivan the Shortie
Cuando Me Dices Mi Amor (2:40) When You Tell Me Love
El Animal (2:39) The Animal
Skit (1:20)
El Gallo de Sinaloa (3:02) The Rooster from Sinaloa

2010- La Batalla (Fonovisa)[edit]

Released Date: September 7, 2010 For his fourth album, second with Fonovisa, Tapia flips seamlessly between music styles, staying true to each while adding contemporary touches within them. Tapia is able to flow between Norteño, Banda and Narcocorido genres within this album.


Brazo Armado (3:02) Armed Arm
No Fue Fácil (3:27) It Wasn’t Easy
El Cachorro del Animal (3:45) The Animal’s Offspring
No Pensaba Enamorarme (3:19) I Didn’t Think Of Falling In Love
La Batalla (3:33) The Battle
Me Duele (3:22) It Hurts
Bandera del Chapo (3:49) Chapo’s Flag
Qué Te Faltó (3:12) What Else Did You Need
El Jefe de la Familia (3:04) The Boss of the Family
Tal Vez (3:06) Perhaps
Las Calaveras del Chino (2:25) The Chinamans Skeletons
Tú Tambien Fallaste (3:05) You Too Failed
Comandos del Yupo (3:42) Yupo’s Commandments
La Charla (3:36) The Charla

2011-El Corrido del niño (La Disco Music /Twins Enterprise)[edit]

Released Date: October 11, 2011 Roberto Tapia’s first album recorded with Twins Enterprise had more narcocorridos compared to other albums. Yet, after his closest cousin was killed, he held back on narcocorridos.


Amor Limosnero (2:17) Love Beggers
El Corrido del niño (2:22) The Ballad of the Boy
Estupido Por Ti (3:09) Stupid For You
Flor Hermosa (2:36) Beautiful Flower
Me Dan Miedo Las Noches (2:28) The Nights Scare Me
Me Importa Poco La Muerte (2:05) I careless about Death
Me Las Vas A Dar (2:31) You Will Give Them To Me
Pechos Calientes (2:44) Hot Breasts
Sin Hablar (2:31) Without Speaking
Te Quiero Como La Boca (2:42) I Love You Like the Mouth
Una Noche No (2:23) One Night, No
Ya Sabias Que Era Casado (2:38) You Already Knew I Was Married

2011- Live (Fonovisa)[edit]

Roberto Tapia recorded his first live album during his sold out concert at the Los Angeles Nokia Theatre. He included thirteen songs and thirteen videos most requested. This album was awarded the Regional Mexican Album and Top Latin Albums in 2011.


Me Duele (3:56) It Hurts
Por Verte Feliz (3:15) To See You Happy
Amigos Del M (3:34) M’s Friends
Ivan El Chapito (3:29) Ivan The Shorty
Edades (6:07)Ages
Como me Engañaste (4:29) How did You Decieved Me
Pancho Loco (3:49) Crazy Pancho
Mazerati (2:35) The Maserati
Niño De La Tuna (3:43) Child of the Prickly Pear
Animal (2:32) Animal
Hijo Del Mayo (2:50)
Caminos Differentes (5:12) Different Paths
Comandos Del Yupo (3:45) Yupo’s Commandments

2012- El Muchacho (Fonovisa)[edit]

Released Date: July 24, 2012 Roberto Tapia's most recent album El Muchacho reached first place in the “Hot Latin Albums” and “Regional Mexican Sales” from the Billboard charts. El Muchacho owned four titles such as Top Latin Albums, Regional Mexican Albums, The Billboard 200, Top Latin Albums. Inspired by his heartbreaks, Tapia devoted his time and energy to develop and express his love life experiences in his album. Yet, he also includes some narcocorridos and wrote them in such way to not offend third parties. This album reserves banda for the romantic rancheras and norteno for the narcocorridos. Los Premios de la Radio (The Radio Awards) nominated Roberto Tapia as Artist of the year, male artist of the year and the best song with banda ‘Mirando al Cielo’ in 2012 after his recording his latest album.


El Muchacho (4:25) The Guy
Crei (3:14) I Thought
La Carta Fuerte (3:19) The Strong Letter
Le Pregunte Al Corazon (3:24) I Asked the Heart
El Mini Lic (3:04) The Mini Lic
Mirando Al Cielo (3:59) Looking at the Sky
La posada (3:41) The Shelter
Amor Perdido (3:29) Lost Love
El Michoacano (2:55) The Michoacano
Que Raro Se Siente Todo (3:01) How Weird It All Feels
Ahora Que Te Conoci (3:02) Now That I’ve Met You
Ya Me Siento Como Nuevo (3:22) I Already Feel Like New
El Muchacho(4:26) The Guy


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