Héctor & Tito
Héctor & Tito
|Origin||Puerto Rico, U.S.|
Héctor & Tito were a Puerto Rican reggaeton duo famous for their song "Ay Amor", featuring salsa singer Víctor Manuelle, which was the group's only charted song in the United States. They are also known for their songs "Gata Salvaje" (featuring Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam), "Morena" (featuring Glory and Don Omar) and "Amor de Colegio" (featuring Don Omar).
Héctor & Tito started their career in the 1990s going by the name of "Los Bambinos" after singing with other reggaeton artists. Together, they released several albums and rose to fame in all Latin America.
In 2004, the duo announced they were separating. Since then, they have gone on with their careers separately. Although not really in a tiraera war, their friendship remained tense for a time though both have publicly reconciled in present time. The singers are now known as Héctor el Father and Tito El Bambino would go on to be two of the most successful solo acts in Latin music history. Héctor el Father retired in 2008 to become an evangelical pastor in Puerto Rico, while Tito El Bambino remains active in the music industry.
Efrain Fines (Tito) and Hector Delgado were born in 1981 and 1979 respectively in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Both artists resided in the neighborhood of Parque Ecuestre and began their artistic pursuits in their teens. Hector El Father was part of the rap group "Masters Of Funk" alongside Rey and Julio Voltio, while Tito El Bambino recorded with various local dj's gaining an appearance in the famous reggaeton series "The Noise vol. 5" which was considered his big break into the music scene. Thanks to local dj's such as Chiclin and Estefano, Tito and Hector form a friendship which evolved into a duo when Hector separated from Masters Of Funk. After appearances on many compilations from local dj's and producers from Puerto Rico, the duo connect with DJ Goldy and sign to VI Music in order to prepare their first album "Violencia Musical". Violencia Musical was released in 1998 and became a huge commercial and critical success in Puerto Rico, selling over 100,000 copies at the time and turning the duo into one of the most popular music groups in the island.
Over the course of time, the reggaeton genre gained prominence outside of Puerto Rico and despite Hector y Tito's temporary loss of popularity due to a Christian album which didn't sell well and rap battles against Rubio y Joel and Baby Rasta y Gringo which also affected their sales; by 2002 Hector y Tito won their lyrical battle against Rubio y Joel and regained their position as one of the most popular acts in Puerto Rico. This was good news for the company Universal Latino which entered in a partnership with VI Music to distribute Hector y Tito's much anticipated "A La Reconquista", which became one of the first widely distributed reggaeton albums during the genre's boom period of 2002-2006. Thanks to international hits such as "Duele (Cuando El Amor Se Va)", "Gata Salvaje" featuring Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam and "Felina". The positive reception of these songs throughout Latin America and the United States made Hector y Tito protagonists in the expansion of the reggaeton culture alongside artists such as Don Omar, Tego Calderon and the hitmaking production duo Luny Tunes. "A La Reconquista" also served as a launching pad for the career of Don Omar whom was signed to Hector 'El Father' and VI Music leading to Omar writing many of the songs from the album including his featurings. "A La Reconquista" is recognized as one of the greatest reggaeton albums of all-time and was both a commercial and critical success winning a Billboard Latin Music Award for best Latin rap album. The live version of the album A La Reconquista "La Historia: Live" which includes additional live performances of some of the duo's earlier hits was certified Latin platinum by the RIAA in 2003.
Due to unforeseen pressures from the unexpected success, tensions arose between the fellow artists and both decided to pursue solo ambitions amid an inamicable split. Hector changed his name from El Bambino to El Father evolving into a mafioso persona emulating his American hip hop influences such as Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. Hector recorded many successful records and platinum albums such as "Noches De Travesura" feat. Divino, "Mayor Que Yo" featuring Varios, and his solo project "The Bad Boy" which was certified Latin platinum by the RIAA in 2006. Hector El Father also had partnerships for his record label "Gold Star Music" with Roc-A-Fella Records and Machete Music/Universal Latino recording a collaboration with Jay-Z "Here We Go" from "Los Rompediscotecas" distributed by Roc La Familia (Roc-A-Fella's Latino division). Hector El Father would retire from the music scene in 2008 to pursue his faith in Jesus Christ.
Post-duo solo careers
Tito El Bambino became one of the most popular acts in Latin music and is most well known for the pop-smash "El Amor" from 2009's platinum "El Patron" album. Tito would feature alongside many prominent Latin music acts such as Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario, Zion y Lennox and Wisin y Yandel.
- Violencia Musical (1998)
- Nuevo Milenio (2000)
- Lo de Antes (2002)
- A la Reconquista (2002)
- Season Finale (2005)
- La Historia Live (2003)
Tito El Bambino (album discography)
- Top of the Line (2006)
- It's My Time (2007)
- El Patrón (2009)
- Invencible (2011)
- Invicto (2012)
- Alta Jerarquía (2014)
Hector El Father (album discography)
- 2007: Bad Boy: The Concert
- 2002: The Godfather
- 2004: Los Anormales
- 2005: Sangre Nueva
- 2005: Gold Star Music: Reggaeton Hits
- 2006: Los Rompe Discotekas
- 2007: El Rompe Discoteka: The Mix Album
- 2007: The Bad Boy: The Most Wanted Edition
- 2008: Mi Trayectoria
- http://www.coveralia.com/biografias/Hector-y-Tito.php Coveralia biography
- https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/71168/2003-billboard-latin-music-award-winners Billboard list of winners for 2003
- "Gold & Platinum". RIAA.
- https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=default-award&ar=HECTOR+%26quot%3BEL+FATHER%26quot%3B&ti=THE+BAD+BOY Bad Boy RIAA certification
- https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/58546/bambino-cd-inaugurating-roc-la-familia Billboard article about Los Rompediscotecas
- Peña, Ninro Ruíz (20 March 2015). "Héctor El Father: "Que me busquen en la Biblia dónde dice que Jesús cobró por predicar"".
- https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=default-award&ar=TITO+EL+BAMBINO&ti=EL+PATRON El Patron Certification
- https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin-notas/6121136/tito-el-bambino-hits-no-1-ricky-martin-vida-cracks-top-10-on-latin-charts Tito El Bambino Billboard news
- https://www.msn.com/es-xl/noticias/otras/h%C3%A9ctor-%E2%80%98el-father%E2%80%99-y-tito-el-bambino-se-reencuentran/vp-AAmU1oM Hector and Tito reunion in 2017