René Pérez Joglar, (born February 23, 1978 in Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico, better known by his stage name "Residente Calle 13" or simply "Residente", is a Puerto Rican lead singer and composer of the Puerto Rican band Calle 13, which also includes his siblings Ileana ("PG-13 or ILE") and Eduardo ("Visitante"). He began his career singing reggaeton, but has moved away from the genre, taking an experimental and varied approach to music, with his lyrics being more geared to social and political concerns which combines hip-hop and urban with various Latin American musical styles.
Residente, was born on February 23, 1978 in Hato Rey, a neighborhood located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is the son of a well known Puerto Rican lawyer, Reynaldo Perez, who was an admirer of the Nicaraguan Revolution & Labour Movement, and Puerto Rican actress Flor Joglar de Gracia. Residente met his step-brother Visitante when they were both two years old, when Residente's mother married Visitante's father. The family developed strong ties to the Puerto Rican arts community; Residente's mother was an actress in Teatro del Sesenta, a local acting troupe, while his stepfather is currently a lawyer, but at one time was a musician. Residente asserts that he and his family lived a relatively comfortable lifestyle growing up, placing himself in a group of Puerto Ricans who are "too poor to be rich and too rich to be poor." Although their parents later divorced, the stepbrothers remained close.
Calle 13 was formed when Residente began making music with his step-brother Visitante (real name Eduardo José Cabra Martínez) in 2004. The step-brothers hosted their music on a website, and began searching for a record label in order to release their music commercially. After sending demo tapes to White Lion Records, the duo was offered a record deal. The duo gained recognition for their controversial song "Querido FBI", which responded to the killing of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, a key figure for the Puerto Rican independence movement.
Joglar chose his stage name "Residente" because that is how he had to identify himself to the guard every time he returned to his house in Trujillo Alto. Residente's influences come from numerous musical genres. Artists that were influential on him included salsa master Rubén Blades, singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez and writer Tite Curet Alonso.
He had made a cameo appearance in the 2009 film Old Dogs, where he played a tattoo artist.
In May 2014, Calle 13 performed at Vive Latino for a third time. When they were playing "El Aguante", one spectator jumped onto the stage and attacked Residente's microphone. Five security guards grabbed the invader and Residente tried to punch him. The duo later issued a statement (with a fan-made video of the incident) in which they say Residente's punch never actually hit the aggressor. They also included a video in which Residente is shown with the attacker sharing a drink and celebrating the duo's fifth album, Multi Viral, released by the time of the incident.
"No Hay Nadie Como Tú" by Calle 13 (Residente, Visitante) featuring Café Tacuba (Rubén Albarrán, Emmanuel del Real, Enrique Rangel, Joselo Rangel)
engineered/mixed by Ivan Gutiérrez, Edgardo Matta & Omar Vivoni; produced by Rafael Arcaute (2009)
"Universos Paralelos" by Jorge Drexler featuring Ana Tijoux
engineered/mixed by Carlos Barros, Carles Campi Campón, Néstor Cifuentes, Héctor Quídea, José María Rosillo, Simón Vélez & Bori Alarcón; produced by Carles Campi Campón, Jorge Drexler, Mario Galeano & Sebastián Merlín (2014)