Rauw Alejandro

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Rauw Alejandro
Alejandro in 2021
Born
Raúl Alejandro Ocasio Ruiz

(1993-01-10) January 10, 1993 (age 31)
Other names
  • El Zorro
  • Rauleeto
Occupations
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2014–present
WorksDiscography
AwardsFull list
Musical career
Genres
Instrument(s)Vocals
Labels
Websiterauwalejandro.com
zorrostuff.com

Raúl Alejandro Ocasio Ruiz (born January 10, 1993), known professionally as Rauw Alejandro, is a Puerto Rican singer and songwriter. Referred to as the "King of Modern Reggaeton",[2][3] he belongs to "the new generation" of Puerto Rican urban musicians.[4] He is noted for his versatile music palette, as well as being the only mainstream male Latin artist to incorporate choreography into his creative vision.[5] With an acclaimed discography consisting of 4 studio albums, Alejandro is currently a leading act in the Latin music scene; he was declared the 10th most streamed artist of the year on Spotify in 2022.[6] In just 3 years since his debut album Afrodisíaco, he has earned two Latin Grammy Awards, two Billboard Latin Music Awards, an iHeart Radio Music Award, and more wins out of his 214 career nominations.

Life and career[edit]

Raúl Alejandro Ocasio Ruiz was born on January 10, 1993, in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was raised in Canóvanas and Carolina.[4][7] His father, guitarist Raúl Ocasio, and his mother, backing vocalist María Nelly Ruiz, introduced him to some of his musical influences like Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Chris Brown.[8] For many years, Alejandro and his father lived in the mainland United States, mainly Miami and New York City, where he got inspiration from the R&B and dancehall genres.[9][10] Alejandro and fellow Puerto Rican rapper Anuel AA are childhood friends; they both went to the same school and had classes together.[11][12] As a child, Alejandro competed in school talent shows because he has a passion for dancing.[13] After graduating high school, he enrolled at University of Puerto Rico. From the age of six until he was twenty, he played soccer, but later quit because he "could not perform as he expected to" and suffered an injury at age 20. He moved to Orlando, Florida to attempt to get scouted to play in the Premier Development League (PDL), but eventually was unsuccessful.[14][15][12]

After quitting soccer, he was left in a light depression, so to improve his mood he decided to switch to a musical career and began to publish songs through SoundCloud in 2014.[16] In November 2016, he released his debut mixtape titled Punto de Equilibrio.[16] In January 2017, he signed a music deal with Duars Entertainment.[17] In 2018, he was chosen by Sony Music Latin to be part of "Los Próximos", a musical project in which the label sought to enlist new musical talents.[18] The musical project helped him gain fame, and as a result other notable artists noticed him and he was featured in multiple collaborations like Kevin Roldán and Khea's "Pa' Tu Casa",[19] and "Luz Apagá" by Ozuna, Lunay and Lyanno that year.[20] In December 2017, he released his first single as a lead artist, titled "Toda" with Alex Rose. It peaked at the 29th spot on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs charts in November 2018. A remix of "Toda" featuring Cazzu, Lenny Tavárez, and Lyanno was released in May 2018. The song proved successful, with the music video having over 1 billion views on YouTube as of November 2020. In January 2019, he released his single "Que le dé" with Nicky Jam.[21] In December 2019, his song "Fantasias" with Farruko peaked at the number 12 spot on the US Latin chart, which is also the highest position his songs have reached on the chart, along with "Tattoo". Both songs stayed for 20 weeks on the chart, the highest duration for one of Alejandro's songs to date and won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Fusion/Performance in 2021.[22]

Alejandro's debut album, Afrodisíaco, was released on November 13, 2020. It was preceded by the release of the songs and music videos, "Enchule", the "Elegí" remix, and "Reloj", with Anuel AA.[23]

Alejandro performing in 2022

On May 20, 2021, he released "Todo de Ti", which peaked at the number 2 spot on Spotify's Top Songs Global chart. On June 25, 2021, he released his album, Vice Versa, through Sony Music Latin. Afrodisíaco earned him a nomination for Best Música Urbana Album at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.[24]

Artistry[edit]

Alejandro's music style includes Latin R&B, reggaeton, rhythmic pop, and ballads. Billboard commented that it has helped "set him apart from a growing class of pop-leaning reggaetoneros".[25] He has cited Michael Jackson, Ricky Martin, and Daddy Yankee as a few of his musical inspirations.[26][27] Alejandro has also noted Rihanna as one of his dream collaborations.[28]

Personal life[edit]

By the end of 2019, Alejandro was in a relationship with Spanish singer Rosalia, which he made public in September 2021.[29][30] The two had worked together on his debut studio album Afrodisíaco, released on November 13, 2020.[31] In March 2023, they announced they would be releasing a joint EP titled RR.[32] The couple announced their engagement on March 24, 2023,[33] but called it off the following 25 July 2023.[34]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Tours[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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