Mo' Ritmo

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Mo' Ritmo
Gerardo Mo' Ritmo album art.JPG
Studio album by Gerardo
Released January 29, 1991
Recorded Bossa Nova Hotel, Cafe Al Dente, Cliffhanger Studio in 1990
Genre Latin rap
Length 49:02
Label Interscope
Producer Christian Warren, Hilary Bercovici, Dr. Freeze and Michael Sembello
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
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Mo' Ritmo is the first album by the Ecuadorian singer Gerardo. It was released on January 29, 1991, by Interscope Records, the first such album to be released by the record company. Mo’ Ritmo achieved success by breaking into the top-50 on the Billboard 200 and the top-75 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, making Gerardo a summer hit in 1991.

Song track lengths printed in the CD liner notes differ from the actual lengths.[citation needed]

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) - 4:51
  4. "En Mi Barrio" (Mejia, M. Sembello) - 2:58
  5. "Latin Till I Die (Oye Como Va)" (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

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Billboard 200 36
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 64


  • 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