Luis Raul Marrero

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Luis Raul Marrero
Funky en el teatro Caupolicán chile.jpg
Background information
Born (1974-01-23) January 23, 1974 (age 43)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Genres Reggaeton, Latin rap, Christian
Occupation(s) Rapper, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1998 - present
Labels Funkytown Music
Associated acts Vico C
Manny Montes
Marcos Witt
Website funkypr.com
Notable instruments
Voice

Luis Raul Marrero (born January 23, 1974), also known by his stage name Funky, is a rapper and songwriter from Puerto Rico. With six solo albums and multiple jobs as a producer, Marrero is internationally recognized as a hip hop and reggaeton Cristiano artist.[citation needed] He has collaborated with Christian music musicians, including Marcos Witt, Jesus Adrian Romero, and KJ 52. Marrero has been nominated for two Latin Grammy awards.

Background[edit]

Marrero was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on January 23, 1974. His parents separated when he was young. When he was 4, his mother, Miriam Cosme, met Carlos Rios, whom Marrero considers a father.[citation needed] During his time as a child, Marrero spent some years in Costa Rica, developing strong Christian friendships that followed him in adulthood.

He began to explore music at age 15 under the influence of Puerto Rican Vico C, with whom he would later work on one of his six albums. He became a husband and father at age 16.[citation needed]

In 1997, he met Vico C, with whom he established a friendship and a business. They collaborated on an album, marking an important stride in Marrero's musical career.

In 1998, after several marital crises with his wife and family, Marrero became a Christian.

Marrero founded his own label, Funkytown Music, in 1999, the same year he produced Triple Seven's "Diferente".

In 2001, he collaborated as a producer on Manny Montes's album "Realidades", and Marrero also sang in one of the songs. That same year he had his first success as a singer and producer in the Christian music genre: "Funkytown".[1] Media outlets in Puerto Rico, as well as the international media, liked it, and it became a favorite among young listeners. With less than a year in the Christian music world, Marrero received a nomination to the Grammy Latino in 2003.[2]

After releasing the 2002 album Especie En Peligro,[3] Marrero consolidated the position as a musical influence of the Christian youth. With this album, he acquired several nominations and awards: Premios ARPA (México, 2003 and 2004), Premios LA Conquista (California, 2004), Premio Integridad.com (2004) and Premios La Gente, (California, 2004), among others.

In 2004, Marrero launched the production Los Vencedores, an album with more than 15 artists and other notable people within the genres.

In 2005, Marrero starred in his first live production: En vivo desde Costa Rica, which cemented his influence in the worldwide Christian reggaeton music genre that year.[citation needed] He then launched the production Vida Nueva, which involved some of the most well-known artists of the genre: Manny Montes, Triple Seven, Alex Zurdo, Quest, Dr. P., Sammy, among others.

In 2006, he made his first trip to South America, touring for 17 days and performing more than 25 concerts in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama and United States, and other countries.

Between 2006 and 2007, Marrero launched the production Corriendo Para Ganar, his third solo album and his sixth overall.

Marrero resides in Orlando, Florida, with his wife and children, Luis Jr. (19), Jorge (18), and Karla (16). From there, he runs Funkytown Music Inc., producing his own albums and those of various Christian singers of the reggaeton genre.

In 2008, a year described as "a year of great challenges and dreams",[citation needed] he began his "Total Access Tour", during which he visited countries in Latin America and United States cities.

Marrero announced the project "Flow Sinfónico", which displays a live soundtrack, accompanied by strings and horn arrangements.[4]

In 2009, he made the tour "Conectado (Plugged-in) World Tour," which was based on the importance of the connection with the Christian god. The tour began May 8 in Viceroy Del Pino, Buenos Aires.[5]

Marrero also collaborated with American Christian rapper KJ-52 on the song "Fuego" from KJ-52's album Five-Two Television, and a music video has been filmed in Atlanta.[6][7]

In February 2010, Marrero released the song "Hoy", which was the first single from his 2011 album Reset.[8]

In April 2010, he released the song "Corazones Puro", which was the second single from Reset.[9] In January 2011, he released Reset. Later in 2011, the album earned Marrero a Latin Grammy award nomination. In May 2013 Marrero, with Redimi2, released the album Mas.

Discography[edit]

  • (2002) Funkytown
  1. Ready
  2. Quiero Darte Gracias
  3. Después de la Caída (feat. René González y Vico C)
  4. Desde Funkytown
  5. Especie En Peligro (Interlude by Pastor Roberto Candelario)
  6. Dale La Mano
  7. Come 2 The Danza
  8. El Camino (feat. Triple Seven)
  9. Al Ataque
  10. Desde Funkytown [Remix] + Bonus Track


  • (2003) Especie En Peligro
  1. Introducción
  2. Tiene que Correr (feat. 7th Poet)
  3. Pon Atención
  4. Interlude
  5. Especie en Peligro
  6. Mi maestro
  7. Que siga la fiesta
  8. Anoche llegaste Tarde (feat. Roberto Orellana)
  9. Necesitamos de El
  10. El que nunca falla (feat. Triple Seven)
  11. Nuevamente en escena (feat. Manny Montes)
  12. Hasta el Final
  13. Tiene que correr (Remix)
  14. Dale la mano al Caído (Remix)
  15. Unidos (Bonus Track)


  • (2004) Los Vencedores
  1. Intro
  2. Funky / Lo Que Traigo Es Flow
  3. Rey Pirín / Ya Es Hora
  4. Dr.P. (feat. Sammy) / Se Están Matando
  5. Triple Seven / Dale Gloria
  6. Manny Montes / Así Es Que Es
  7. Sammy / Tu Fuego Me Quema
  8. Quest / Buscando de Él
  9. Ivan & Ab / Míralo Y Accéptalo
  10. Rafito & Guillo Man / Dale Castigo
  11. MC Copia / Skit
  12. Dj Blass / Ama a Cristo
  13. Durán / Por La Envidia
  14. Harold / El Guerrero
  15. Agosto X3 / Me Levantó
  16. P.Toh / Firme
  17. Funky / Lo Que Traigo Es Flow
  18. Los Vencedores [Video Versión]
  19. Sammy (feat. Funky) / Más Que Vencedor [Bonus Track]


  • En Vivo Desde Costa Rica
  1. Que siga la fiesta
  2. Pon atención
  3. Tiene que correr
  4. Más que vencedor
  5. Se están matando Dr. P
  6. Dale la mano
  7. Te exaltamos, con Sammy
  8. Eres todopoderoso
  9. Que seria de mi
  10. Levanto mis manos con reggaeton
  11. De lo más profundo, con Triple Seven
  12. Mi respaldo, Funky y Triple Seven
  13. Nos vamos de fiesta, Triple Seven
  14. Necesitamos de Él
  15. Mi maestro, con Oscar Negrón
  16. Hasta el final


  • Vida Nueva
  1. Intro, La Gran Fuga
  2. Súbelo, Funky
  3. Vida nueva, vida eterna, Emanuel
  4. Loco, Alex Zurdo
  5. Esto si es vida, Triple seven
  6. No me quedo callao, Manny Montes
  7. Ahora es que es, Quest
  8. Hasta que te conocí, Sammy
  9. Nacimos de nuevo, Dr. P
  10. Piénsalo bien, Jay
  11. Señor Jesús, Mr. Chévere
  12. Ella se Prepara
  13. Me activo, Sons of Christ
  14. Cristo Salva, Pito


  • (2007) Corriendo Para Ganar
  1. Intro
  2. Siguelo
  3. Decidete
  4. No Vuelvo Pa Atras feat. Alex Campos
  5. Ayudame feat. Domingo Quiñones
  6. D.U.R.O.
  7. Me Estas Matando
  8. Cuestion De Fe feat. Tony Vega
  9. Cuidado
  10. Tu Hijo Se Muere
  11. Subelo feat. Sammy (Snap Remix)
  12. Seguimos Activa'o
  13. Siento Tu Presencia - Quest
  14. Outro


  • Flow Sinfónico - El Antesala[10]
  1. Intro
  2. Entre El Bien Y El Mal Feat. Bimbo
  3. El Camino (Versión Rap) Feat. Triple Seven
  4. Busca La Sabiduria
  5. Despues de la Caida Feat. Zammy & Vico C
  6. La Prisión de la Costumbre Feat. Alex Zurdo
  7. Ven - Feat. Goyo
  8. Lo Que Consumo (Remix) Feat. Zammy, Alex Zurdo & Johnny, l
  9. Jesus (Reggaeton Remix) Feat. kJ-52
  10. Mi Respaldo (Remix) Feat. Triple Seven
  11. Combinacion Perfecta Feat. El Combo
  12. Solo No Puedo - Feat. Domingo Quiñones
  13. Han Venido Pruebas Feat. Dr.P
  14. Viejo De Que Feat. Charlie Hernandez
  15. Yo Se que ganare
  16. Sangre Real Feat. Manny Montes & Santito
  17. El Tesoro de Mi Corazón Feat. Contagious
  18. Ella quiere que la miren
  19. Los Vencedores (Versión Video)
  20. Jesucristo es el # 1
  21. Lo Que Traigo Es Flow, Tu Fuego Me Quema - Feat. Zammy


  • (2008) Acceso Total Tour Edition
  1. Ella Quiere Que La Miren
  2. No Vuelvo Pa' Tras (feat. Alex Campos)
  3. Decídete
  4. Súbelo
  5. Lo Que Traigo Es Flow
  6. Síguelo
  7. Seguimos Activao
  8. Ayúdame (feat. Domingo Quiñones)
  9. Me Está Matando
  10. Mi Maestro
  11. Que Siga La Fiesta
  12. Pon Atención


  • (2010) Plugged In (Codifying Plug)
  1. Hoy
  2. Ella quiere que la Miren
  3. Solo no Puedo
  4. Yo sé que Ganaré
  5. La Prisión de la Costumbre
  6. Fuego
  7. Ven
  8. Corazones Puros
  9. Nuevo Encuentro
  10. Problemas
  11. Dale pa’l Monte
  12. Justo a Tiempo
  13. Lo que Traigo es Flow [En Vivo] (Bonus Track)
  14. Justo a Tiempo (Pista–Bonus Track)


  1. Hoy
  2. No Te Cambio (feat. Quest)
  3. No Funciona (Si No Me Conecto)
  4. Te Necesito (feat. Christine D'clario)
  5. Dale Pal Monte [Remix]
  6. Corazones Puros
  7. Heme Aquí (feat. Redimi2)
  8. Llegó El Cocorote
  9. Solo Tu (feat. Ricardo Rodriguez)
  10. Yo Ganaré
  11. Ella Quiere Que La Miren [Tropical]
  12. Justo A Tiempo
  13. El Rankiaito
  14. No Me Hablen De Problemas
  15. Dale Pal Monte [Original Version]


  • (2016) Indestructible
  1. Es Imposible
  2. Eres Mi Bendición (feat. Alex Zurdo)
  3. Fiel
  4. Mi Peor Error (feat. Marcela Gandara)
  5. Contigo
  6. Invencible (feat. Ingrid Rosario)
  7. Entre Tus Brazos (feat. Daniel Calvetti & Any Puello)
  8. Como No Voy a Creer
  9. Se Nota En Tus Ojos
  10. No Te Enredes
  11. Cicatriz (feat. Musiko)
  12. Va a Caer La Lluvia

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