is the first album by the Ecuadorian singer Mo' Ritmo Gerardo.  Released in 1991 by  Interscope Records as the label's inaugural album,
it peaked at No. 36 on the  . Billboard 200
Production [ edit ]
The album was partially produced by
Michael Sembello, who had worked on the " Rico Suave" single.
Critical reception [ edit ]
wrote that Gerardo's "heavy use of Latin rhythms and melodies may give the music a twist, but Spanglish rap is delivered with more finesse by Mellow Man Ace and Kid Frost." Entertainment Weekly  deemed Rolling Stone Mo' Ritmo "a Latin-tinged debut album of bilingual just-a-gigolo raps."  wrote that "instead of simply sampling some Santana, Gerardo builds his beat around conga and timbale for a hard-core Latin hip-hop groove that makes 'Brother to Brother' and 'Rico Suave' kick like nothing else in rap." The Baltimore Sun
Track listing [ edit ]
"When the Lights Go Out" (
Gerardo Mejía, Dan Sembello, Michael Sembello) – 4:05 "Brother to Brother" (Mejía, Alfred Rubalcava) – 3:33
Rico Suave" (Mejia, Christian Warren, Alberto Slezynger, Rosa Soy, Charles Bobbit) - 4:51 "En Mi Barrio" (Mejia, M. Sembello) - 2:58
"Latin Till I Die (Oye Como Va)" (
cover; Mejia, Tito Puente) - 4:01 "We Want the Funk" (
cover; written by Mejia, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Jerome Brailey) - 4:12 "Christina" (Mejia, Warren) - 3:56
"Fandango" (Mejia, Rubalcava) - 5:30
"You Gotta Hold of My Soul" (Mejia, M. Sembello) - 4:58
"The Groove Remains the Same" (Mejia, M. Sembello, Brian O'Doherty) - 5:13
”When the Lights Go Out [Dr. Freeze Mix]” (Mejia, D. Sembello, M. Sembello) - 3:20
Credits [ edit ]
Lead vocals: Gerardo
Additional vocals: Coco, Ellis Hall, Nikki Harris, Anna Marie, Gerardo, Xavier Menia, Brian O’Daughtery, Alfred Rubalcava, Cruz Baca Sembello, and Michael Sembello
Programmers: Jimmy Abney, Hilary Bercovici, Brian O’Daughtery, Alfred Rubalcava, Danny Sembello, Michael Sembello, and Christian Warren
Engineer: Hilary Bercovici, David Bianco, Bobby Brooks, Bud Rizzo, and Michael Smith
Assistant engineer: Tim Anderson
Mixers: Hilary Bercovici, David Bianco, Bobby Brooks, and Erik Zobler
Remixers: Dr. Freeze and Angela Piva
Timbales: Ronnie Gutierrez and Michael Sembello
Bongos: Alfred Ortiz
Congas: Alfred Ortiz
Photography: Barry King and Randee St. Nicholas
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
"Mo' Ritmo - Gerardo | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via www.allmusic.com.
"Robert Christgau: CG: Gerardo". www.robertchristgau.com.
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"Gerardo | Biography & History". AllMusic.
Lannert, John (Mar 3, 1991). "YO! WORD TO YOUR MADRE". Sun Sentinel. p. 3F.
Allan, Mark D. (July 28, 1991). "Rome might have lasted longer with 'Latin' lovers like Gerardo". The Indianapolis Star. p. G8.
"Mo' Ritmo". EW.com.
Giles, Jeff (June 13, 1991). "Gerardo: Suave Operator". Rolling Stone.
Considine, J.D. (Feb 18, 1991). "MO' RITMO Gerardo". The Baltimore Sun. Features. p. 2.
"Gerardo Chart History (. Billboard 200)" . Retrieved November 1, 2021. Billboard
"Gerardo Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". . Retrieved November 1, 2021. Billboard
"Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1991". Billboard . Retrieved . November 1, 2021
"American album certifications – Gerardo – Mo' Ritmo". Recording Industry Association of America.