Anuel AA

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Anuel AA
Anuel AA concierto.jpg
Background information
Birth nameEmmanuel Gazmey Santiago
Born (1992-11-26) November 26, 1992 (age 26)
Carolina, Puerto Rico, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
Associated acts

Emmanuel Gazmey Santiago, (born November 26, 1992) known professionally as Anuel AA, is a Puerto Rican rapper and singer. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of the Latin trap movement.[1]

Early life[edit]

Gazmey was born on November 26, 1992, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. His father, José Gazmey, was a vice president A&R of Sony Music in Puerto Rico and was friends with the rapper Tempo. Gazmey studied at the Catholic school Colegio María Auxiliadora which was located in Carolina. Ever since his early teen years, Gazmey showed great interest in music and in 2010, he decided to become a rapper, securing a deal with the record-label Maybach Music Group.

Career[edit]

Backed by his father, and fellow rapper Ñengo Flow, Gazmey released his first song with Ñengo Flow, "Demonia" in 2011. This was followed several collaborations with the likes of Jory Boy, Magazeen, De La Ghetto, Arcángel and Ozuna.

Gazmey rose to prominence following the hit "Esclava" alongside Bryant Myers, Almighty and Anonimus. His first single hit "Sola" was very well received and was followed by a remix featuring Daddy Yankee, Wisin, Farruko, and Zion & Lennox.

Gazmey's music theme relates to issues such as street life, violence, sex, and drugs. One of his most popular catchphrases in his songs is "Real Hasta la Muerte" or "Real Until Death". After being released from prison on July 17, 2018, Gazmey released his first full-length album titled Real Hasta la Muerte which contained 12 songs and landed at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in less than 24 hours.

In August 2018, he released a song with the New York rapper 6ix9ine called "Bebe”.

Arrest and imprisonment[edit]

Gazmey was arrested and held in the Metropolitan Detention Center, Guaynabo on April 3, 2016 with three companions when police found three pistols including one stolen, nine magazines, and 152 bullets. He signed a plea deal for 30 months in federal prison for gun possession charges.[2]

Following his arrest, the #FreeAnuel movement became viral among his fans as he continued to release tracks from prison. Being able to record his voice over the phone, Anuel AA mostly participated in collaborations with other artists such as Nicky Jam, Cosculluela, Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

While incarcerated, Gazmey spent 90 days in solitary confinement following an incident with another inmate.

During his trial, Gazmey stated that the lyrics in his music did not represent his true character. The presiding judge Aida Delgado-Colon said she had never heard any of his songs.[3]

On March 2018, Gazmey was released from federal prison into a state prison in Miami. During this time, he told Billboard that while imprisoned, he kept listening to the radio and what was happening in the streets, to draw inspiration for his songwriting.[4]

In April 2018, Anuel AA was featured along with Future and Bad Bunny on the single "Thinkin" by Spiff TV.[5]

Controversy[edit]

On September 15, 2018, Anuel AA released a diss track aimed at fellow rapper Cosculluela. The track was widely criticized due to its foul language and offensive remarks about homosexuality and HIV patients.[6] Due to the public backlash, Gazmey's concert at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico venue scheduled for October 12 of that year was canceled by his production staff and main producer Paco López. Gazmey later issued an apology for the song.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Anuel AA has a son.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2018: Real Hasta la Muerte

Mixtapes[edit]

  • 2016: Real Hasta la Muerte: The Mixtape

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[7]
US
Latin

[8]
ARG
[9]
COL
[10]
ITA
[11]
MEX
Esp.

[12]
SPA
[13]
SWI
[14]
"Sola" 2017 34 15 Non-album singles
"La Última Vez"
(with Bad Bunny)
34 74
"Brindemos"
(featuring Ozuna)
2018 16 64
  • RIAA: 7× Platinum (Latin)[15]
Real Hasta la Muerte
"Quiere Beber" 11 34 34 6
  • RIAA: 9× Platinum (Latin)[15]
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum[17]
"Culpables"
(with Karol G)
[a] 8 14 32 46 19
  • RIAA: 4× Platinum (Latin)[15]
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum[19]
TBA
"Hipócrita"
(featuring Zion)
39 84 42
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum (Latin)[15]
  • PROMUSICAE: Gold[20]
Real Hasta la Muerte
"Que Sería" 73 Non-album singles
"Ella Quiere Beber"
(featuring Romeo Santos)
61 4 14 59 34 7
  • RIAA: Platinum (Latin)[15]
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum[21]
"Bubalu"
(with DJ Luian and Mambo Kingz featuring Becky G and Prince Royce)
22 33 38 12
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum[22]
"Adictiva"
(with Daddy Yankee)
10 5 34 38 4
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum[23]
TBA
"A Solas" (Remix)
(with Lunay, Lyanno, Brytiago and Alex Rose)
39
[24]
  • RIAA: Platinum (Latin)[15]
Non-album single
"Amanece"
(with Haze)
11 26 47 4
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum[25]
TBA
"Secreto"
(with Karol G)
2019 68 5 3 9 51
[26]
36 1 65
  • RIAA: 4× Platinum (Latin)[15]
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum[27]
"Controla"
(with Brytiago)
28 60 49
[28]
Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[7]
US
Latin

[8]
ARG
[9]
AUT
[29]
COL
[10]
GER
[30]
ITA
[11]
SPA
[13]
SWE
[31]
SWI
[14]
"Ella y Yo"
(Pepe Quintana featuring Farruko, Anuel AA, Tempo, Bryant Myers and Almighty)
2016 34 Non-album single
"Ayer"
(DJ Nelson featuring Anuel AA)
2017 42
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum (Latin)[15]
"Bebé"
(Ozuna featuring Anuel AA)
28 66 Odisea
"Thinkin"
(Spiff TV featuring Anuel AA, Bad Bunny and Future)
2018
  • RIAA: Gold (Latin)[15]
Non-album single
"Bebe"
(6ix9ine featuring Anuel AA)
30 1 9 75 5 77 68 1 62 15 Dummy Boy
"Asesina" (Remix)
(Brytiago and Darell featuring Daddy Yankee, Ozuna and Anuel AA)
7 11
  • RIAA: 4× Platinum (Latin)[15]
Non-album song
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peaks Album
US
[7]
CAN
[34]
NZ
Hot

[35]
"Uptown Vibes" (Remix)
(Meek Mill featuring Anuel AA and Fabolous)
2018 39 73 Championships
"Familia"
(with Nicki Minaj featuring Bantu)
13 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
"Te Boté (RHLM)" 2019 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of other charted songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Latin

[8]
ARG
[9]
ITA
[11]
SPA
[13]
SWI
[14]
"Tú Te Enamoraste (Remix)"(Lary Over featuring Anuel, Bryant Myers, Almighty and Brytiago) 2016
  • RIAA: Gold (Latin)[15]
Non-album singles
"Liberace"
  • RIAA: Gold (Latin)[15]
"47"
(with Ñengo Flow)
  • RIAA: Gold (Latin)[15]
"47 (Remix)"
(with Ñengo Flow and Farruko featuring Casper Magico, Darell, Bad Bunny and Il Geniuz)
2017
  • RIAA: Platinum (Latin)[15]
"Na' Nuevo" 2018 34
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum (Latin)[15]
Real Hasta la Muerte
"Yeezy"
(featuring Ñengo Flow)
45
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum (Latin)[15]
"Supuestamente"
(Ozuna featuring Anuel AA)
32 89 Aura
"Pasado y Presente"
(Ozuna featuring Anuel AA)
28 92
"Única" (Remix)
(Ozuna featuring Anuel AA and Wisin & Yandel)
57
"Mala"
(6ix9ine featuring Anuel AA)
7 59 48 2 80 Dummy Boy
"Modo de Avión" 2019
  • RIAA: Platinum (Latin)[15]
Real Hasta la Muerte
"Bandolera"
  • RIAA: Platinum (Latin)[15]
"Pensando en Tí"
(featuring Wisin)
  • RIAA: Platinum (Latin)[15]
"Espina"
  • RIAA: Platinum (Latin)[15]
"Naturaleza"
  • RIAA: Platinum (Latin)[15]
"Tú No Lo Amas"
  • RIAA: Platinum (Latin)[15]
"Te Necesito"
  • RIAA: Platinum (Latin)[15]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Culpables" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 17 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/inside-latin-trap-the-viral-sound-too-hot-for-american-radio-255923/
  2. ^ "Anuel AA: El cantante de trap salió de la cárcel tras cumplir 30 meses de condena" [Anuel AA: The trap singer was released from prison after serving 30 months of sentence] (in Spanish). El Heraldo. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b Pacheco, Istra (2017-06-19). "Anuel AA sentenciado a 30 meses de cárcel". Primera Hora (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  4. ^ Herrera, Isabelia (2018-07-18). "Anuel AA Opens Up About His Time in Prison in First Interviews After His Release". Remezcla. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  5. ^ Centeno, Tony (2018-04-09). "Spiff TV Shares 'Thinkin' Feat. Future, Bad Bunny, Anuel AA". Vibe. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  6. ^ a b Fernandez, Suzette (13 September 2018). "Anuel AA Apologizes For Offensive Song Directed at Cosculluela: Watch". Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "Anuel AA Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Anuel AA Chart History: Hot Latin Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Peak positions in Argentina:
  10. ^ a b Peak positions in Colombia:
  11. ^ a b c Peak positions in Italy:
  12. ^ "Chart Search: Mexico Pop Espanol Airplay for Anuel AA". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c "Search for: Anuel AA". spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  14. ^ a b c "Discographie Anuel AA". swisscharts.ch (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Gold & Platinum: Anuel AA". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  16. ^ "Anuel AA – Sola". elportaldemusica.es. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  17. ^ "Anuel AA – Quiere Beber". elportaldemusica.es. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  18. ^ "Anuel AA Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  19. ^ "Karol G & Anuel AA – Culpables". elportaldemusica.es. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  20. ^ "Anuel AA / Zion– Hipócrita". elportaldemusica.es. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  21. ^ "Anuel AA / Romeo Santos – Hipócrita". elportaldemusica.es. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  22. ^ "DJ Luian / Mamo Kingz / Anuel AA / Becky G / Prince Royce – Bubalu". elportaldemusica.es. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  23. ^ "Daddy Yankee y Anuel AA – Adictiva". elportaldemusica.es. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Canciones: Semana 9". Productores de Música de España. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  25. ^ "Anuel AA / Haze – Amanece". elportaldemusica.es. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  26. ^ "Top Singoli – Classifica settimanale WK 8" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  27. ^ "Anuel AA & Karol G – Secreto". elportaldemusica.es. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  28. ^ "Top 100 Canciones: Semana 8". Productores de Música de España. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  29. ^ "Discographie Anuel AA". austriancharts.at (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  30. ^ "6ix9ine feat. Anuel AA – BEBE" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  31. ^ "Discography Anuel AA". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  32. ^ a b "FIMI: Certificazioni". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved February 25, 2019. Note: To retrieve the certifications, 1) type in "Anuel AA" in the box of "Filtra", 2) select years in the box of "Anno", 3) select "Singoli online" in the box of "Sezione", 4) click Enter
  33. ^ "6ix9ine / Anuel AA – BEBE". elportaldemusica.es. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  34. ^ Cite error: The named reference CAN was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  35. ^ "Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music New Zealand. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  36. ^ "6ix9ine / Anuel AA – MALA". elportaldemusica.es. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved January 18, 2019.

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