The Underdog/El Subestimado

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The Underdog/El Subestimado
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Studio album by Tego Calderón
Released August 29, 2006
Genre Hip-hop
Reggae
Reggaeton
Length 71:22
Label Jiggiri Records
Atlantic Records
Tego Calderón chronology
White Lion Hits Version, Vol. 1
(2004)
The Underdog/El Subestimado
(2006)
El Abayarde Contraataca
(2007)
Singles from The Underdog/El Subestimado
  1. "Los Maté"
    Released: August 15, 2006
  2. "Chillin'"
    Released: October 20, 2006
  3. "Cuando Baila Reggaeton"
    Released: 2007
  4. "Llora, Llora"
    Released: 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Music For America (favorable)[2]
Okayplayer 4/5 stars[3]

The Underdog/El Subestimado is a rap/hip-hop album released by Tego Calderón on August 29, 2006. The first single of the album was titled "Los Maté" ("I Killed Them"), which has garnered much air-play on the radio. During a press conference in Puerto Rico, Tego Calderón expressed that this new album is "a diary of sorts from my experiences. There are happy moments and sad ones".

This time around, Tego decided not to use as much reggaeton and focus more on hip-hop. He is also a fan of salsa, blues, and reggae (the second single of the album, "Chillin'", is a reggae song completely in Spanish) and he incorporates these styles in the album. Because of this, many fans were surprised, as they expected classic reggaeton. The album garnered points in originality, making it stand out more than Daddy Yankee's Barrio Fino en Directo and Don Omar's King of Kings. The album is widely considered the best of Calderón's career.

Background[edit]

The Underdog/El Subestimado is Tego's third album, and is considered by many the best of his career. Tego decided to mix both reggaeton and hip-hop for this album's sound. He also has two songs influenced by African drums on the interludes ("¿Por Qué?" and "Son Dos Alas"). The second single, "Chillin'", is a pure reggae song.

Two songs on the album have been influenced by salsa. "Llora, Llora" had a lot of airplay, and it features the Venezuelan salsa star, Oscar D'León. The song "Chango Blanco" was also influenced by salsa, and has more of a salsa sound than "Llora, Llora", though Oscar D'Leon is featured on it.

The song "Slo Mo'" was featured in Tego's first film called Illegal Tender. This song has the chorus sang in English, and some parts of the first and second verse sang is English. "Mardi Gras" is influenced by blues music. Also, Tego Calderon's songs "Llévatelo Todo" and "Burreo, Burreo" have been influenced by jazz music.

Release and promotion[edit]

The first single from the album, titled "Los Maté", had a lot of airplay when released, and its lyrics reflect the album. The music video for "Los Maté" was watched a lot on both Spanish and English channels. "Los Maté" was the promotional single for the album.

The second single, "Chillin'" also had a lot of airplay. The music video was watched on channels including: MTV, MTV Tr3s, BET, VH1, and many others. Although "Cuando Baila Reggaeton" didn't have a music video, it was the third single and had a lot of airplay. "Llego el Chynyn" had a music video, and was seen and heard a lot through the streets without promotion. Tego made this video to promote one of the newest artists on his label, Chyno Nyno.

Promotional mixtape[edit]

A street mixtape was released with the album for promotion. The album includes songs that didn't end up being on the album, songs that Tego was featured, and songs by the new artist in his label, Chyno Nyno.

Mixtape track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro"
  2. "Ven Mamita"
  3. "Gangsta Shit" (Tony Touch feat. Tego Calderon)
  4. "Skit"
  5. "Mueve"
  6. "Street Mix" (Chyno Nyno)
  7. "Skit"
  8. "Mi Mama Me Dijo" (feat. The Game)
  9. "Chyno" (Chyno Nyno)
  10. "Skit"
  11. "Los Negritos"
  12. "Trangalanga"
  13. "Acapelas 4 the DJ"

Japan release[edit]

Tego Calderon released a Japan album packing version of his album with Atlantic Records. If you buy it in the United States, the album costs more than forty dollars. This release was made because Tego had a lot of copies sold in Japan for his album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "¿Cómo Me Llamo Yo?"
  2. "Los Maté"
  3. "Mardi Gras"
  4. "Slo Mo'"
  5. "Pon La Cara"
  6. "Payaso (Interlude)"
  7. "Payaso" (featuring Voltio & Eddie Dee)
  8. "Comprenderás"
  9. "Llora, Llora" (featuring Oscar D'León)
  10. "Chillin'" (featuring Don Omar)
  11. "Veo, Veo"
  12. "Oh Dios"
  13. "Extremidades"
  14. "Son Dos Alas (Interlude)"
  15. "Chango Blanco"
  16. "A Mi Papá"
  17. "Cuando Baila Reggaeton" (featuring Yandel) (Produced by Luny Tunes & Tainy, Joker)
  18. "Bureo, Bureo"
  19. "¿Por Qué? (Interlude)"
  20. "Llévatelo Todo"
  21. "Bad Man" (featuring Buju Banton)
  22. "Mil Cosas" (Featured in EA Sports game NBA Live 06)
  23. "Llegó El Chynyn" (featuring Chyno Nyno)

Japan edition[edit]

24. "Tu Comprenderás"

Target exclusive CD[edit]

  1. "Tú Comprenderás"
  2. "Ven Mamita"
  3. "Vámonos del Club" (featuring Zion)
  4. "T-T-T-Tego"

Nominations and charts[edit]

The Underdog/El Subestimado was nominated for the 2006 Latin Grammy Awards for "Best Latin Rock Album".

Charts[edit]

Charts (2007)[4] Peak
position
Billboard Top Latin Albums 2
U.S. Billboard Latin Rhythm Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top 200 43
U.S. Billboard Comprehensive Albums 43
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 10

Credits[edit]

  • Executive Producer: Tego Calderón
  • Mastered by: Chris Athens at Sterling Sound
  • A&R: Tego Calderón
  • Management: Gaby Acevedo
  • Marketing: Veronica Alvericci
  • Project Coordination: Kenya Calderón
  • Creative Direction and Design: Carlos Pérez from Elastic People
  • Graphic Design: Raul Justiniando from Elastic People
  • Photography: Blasius Erlinger

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