Mo' Ritmo

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Mo' Ritmo
Gerardo Mo' Ritmo album art.JPG
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 29, 1991
RecordedBossa Nova Hotel, Cafe Al Dente, Cliffhanger Studio in 1990
GenreLatin rap
Gerardo chronology
Mo' Ritmo
Singles from Mo' Ritmo
  1. "Rico Suave"
    Released: December 1990
  2. "We Want the Funk"
    Released: 1991
  3. "When the Lights Go Out"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
MusicHound R&B: The Essential Album Guide[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[5]

Mo' Ritmo is the first album by the Ecuadorian singer Gerardo.[6][7] Released in 1991 by Interscope Records[3] as the label's inaugural album, it peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard 200.[8]


The album was partially produced by Michael Sembello, who had worked on the "Rico Suave" single.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly 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."[10] Rolling Stone deemed Mo' Ritmo "a Latin-tinged debut album of bilingual just-a-gigolo raps."[11] The Baltimore Sun 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."[12]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "When the Lights Go Out" (Gerardo Mejía, Dan Sembello, Michael Sembello) – 4:05
  2. "Brother to Brother" (Mejía, Alfred Rubalcava) – 3:33
  3. "Rico Suave" (Mejia, Christian Warren, Alberto Slezynger, Rosa Soy, Charles Bobbit) - 4:51
  4. "En Mi Barrio" (Mejia, M. Sembello) - 2:58
  5. "Latin Till I Die (Oye Como Va)" (cover; Mejia, Tito Puente) - 4:01
  6. "We Want the Funk" (cover; written by Mejia, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Jerome Brailey) - 4:12
  7. "Christina" (Mejia, Warren) - 3:56
  8. "Fandango" (Mejia, Rubalcava) - 5:30
  9. "You Gotta Hold of My Soul" (Mejia, M. Sembello) - 4:58
  10. "The Groove Remains the Same" (Mejia, M. Sembello, Brian O'Doherty) - 5:13
  11. ”When the Lights Go Out [Dr. Freeze Mix]” (Mejia, D. Sembello, M. Sembello) - 3:20


  • 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
  • Scratcher: D-Roc
  • 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



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Mo' Ritmo - Gerardo | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Gerardo".
  3. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 3. MUZE. p. 725.
  4. ^ MusicHound R&B: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1998. p. 235.
  5. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 279.
  6. ^ "Gerardo | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  7. ^ Lannert, John (Mar 3, 1991). "YO! WORD TO YOUR MADRE". Sun Sentinel. p. 3F.
  8. ^ "Gerardo". Billboard.
  9. ^ Allan, Mark D. (July 28, 1991). "Rome might have lasted longer with 'Latin' lovers like Gerardo". The Indianapolis Star. p. G8.
  10. ^ "Mo' Ritmo".
  11. ^ Giles, Jeff (June 13, 1991). "Gerardo: Suave Operator". Rolling Stone.
  12. ^ Considine, J.D. (Feb 18, 1991). "MO' RITMO Gerardo". The Baltimore Sun. Features. p. 2.
  13. ^ "Gerardo Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  14. ^ "Gerardo Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  15. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1991". Billboard. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Gerardo – Mo' Ritmo". Recording Industry Association of America.