Oye Mi Canto

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"Oye Mi Canto"
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Single by N.O.R.E. featuring Nina Sky, Gem Star, Daddy Yankee and Big Mato
from the album N.O.R.E. y la Familia...Ya Tú Sabe
B-side "4 a Minute"
Released October 5, 2004
Format
Recorded 2004
Genre Reggaeton
Length 4:01
Label
Producer(s) SPK
N.O.R.E. singles chronology
"Hustler Musik"
(2004) Hustler Musik2004
"Oye Mi Canto"
(2004) Oye Mi Canto2004
Nina Sky singles chronology
"Move Ya Body"
(2004) Move Ya Body2004
"Oye Mi Canto"
(2004) Oye Mi Canto2004
"Turnin' Me On"
(2005) Turnin' Me On2005
Tego Calderón singles chronology
"Dominicana"
(2004) Dominicana2004
"Oye Mi Canto"
(2004) Oye Mi Canto2004
"Bandoleros"
(2005) Bandoleros2005

"Oye Mi Canto" (English: "Hear My Song") is a reggaeton single by N.O.R.E.. The song was originally released in 2004 as the lead single from the album 1 Fan a Day, which was heretofore unreleased. It is his second biggest hit, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was later included on the 2006 album N.O.R.E. y la Familia...Ya Tú Sabe. The song features Nina Sky and reggaeton artists Gem Star, Daddy Yankee and Big Mato. The song originally featured Tego Calderón in place of Daddy Yankee but was later changed for the video. However, the Tego version was released by famous reggaeton label Planet Records Italy, instead of Island Def Jam, N.O.R.E.'s original label. It's N.O.R.E.'s first venture into the increasingly popular Latin genre reggaeton.

In a 2004 interview with MTV, N.O.R.E. says of the single, "I fell in love with this music. I did this joint originally for a mixtape. The Latino people haven't been spoken to in a while, since [Big] Pun died. They haven't felt like they had something proud [in hip-hop] to stand on, so being both Latin and black, I wanted to rep my Latin side for once. Why not do it with this new music, instead of doing a Spanish rap record? This is what speaks for the inner-city Latino youth."

The song was included on Billboard's 12 best dancehall and reggaeton choruses of the 21st century at number two.[1]

Track listings[edit]

Def Jam single (Daddy Yankee version)
  1. "Oye Mi Canto" (radio)
  2. "Oye Mi Canto" (explicit)
  3. "Oye Mi Canto" (instrumental)
  4. "4 a Minute" (radio)
  5. "4 a Minute" (explicit)
Planet Records "Reggaeton Mix" single (Tego Calderón version)
  1. "Oye Mi Canto" ("original" dirty mix)
  2. "Oye Mi Canto" (clean mix)
  3. "Oye Mi Canto" (instrumental)
Def Jam 1-track single (Daddy Yankee version)
  1. "Oye Mi Canto" (radio edit)

Translation[edit]

"Oye Mi Canto" literally translates to "Hear My Song" in English. Oye is the conjugated (for second person imperative) form of the infinitive oír (to hear).

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004-2005) Position
France (SNEP)[2] 13
Italy (FIMI)[3] 29
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 12
US Rhythmic Top 40 (Billboard)[5] 6
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[5] 24
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[5] 8
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[6] 22
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[6] 25
US Tropical Songs (Billboard)[6] 2

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