Vico C

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Vico C
Birth name Luis Armando Lozada Cruz
Born (1971-09-08) September 8, 1971 (age 45)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Origin San Juan, Puerto Rico
Genres Christian hip hop, hip hop, reggaeton, rap, urban, ballad, hip house, reggae
Occupation(s) Rapper, songwriter, musical producer, arranger
Instruments Vocals, keyboard
Years active 1985–present
Labels Capitol Latin

Luis Armando Lozada Cruz (born September 8, 1971), better known as Vico C, is a Puerto Rican rapper and reggaeton songwriter. He is considered one of the founding fathers of reggaeton and the Father of Rap. Vico C has played an influential role in the development of Latin American hip hop.[1][2]


Early life and influence[edit]

He was born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico. Nicknamed The Philosopher[citation needed], Luis Armando Lozada Cruz adopted the professional name Vico C. Vico C describes reggaeton as "essentially hip-hop but with a flavor more compatible to the Caribbean."[this quote needs a citation]Though he maintains they are of the same essence, Vico C believes the difference lies in the quintessential music style; the beat or rhythm of the music.

As one of the founders of hip hop in Spanish[citation needed], Vico C was able to show that it was possible for one to be able to rap entirely and compellingly in Spanish using just occasional English phrases or slang terms. He can be seen in the rap movement as far back as its "underground" days ghostwriting and producing music for other young performers in the Puerto Rican rap scene.[2]

Vico C grew up in the Puerta de Tierra barrio in San Juan.[2] He got enrolled in acting classes by the age of nine and began his professional rapping career in 1985. At first, he used to go to bodegas (grocery stores) or pharmacies, buy home recording tapes, record himself singing his songs and then sell the tapes to friends or family.


In 1989, rap in Puerto Rico was at a popular high,[2] and Ruben DJ had released "La Escuela". Vico C entered the charts with his song "La Recta Final". Vico C started touring to places like New York, Chicago, Miami, Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador, Panama, the Dominican Republic[citation needed].

Vico C, in 1992 came through with more songs, his singles "Saborealo" and "María" became gold and platinum albums, respectively[citation needed]. Also in 1994, he established his own record company VC Records, promoting such singers as Lissy Estrella, Francheska, and Lisa M. In the mid-1990s, Vico C was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. His injuries led to his abuse of heroin, cocaine and alcohol.[3]

Soon after, he became an evangelical Christian and went into a voluntary semi-retirement. In 1998, he resurfaced, with the Christian rap CD Aquel Que Había Muerto.[1] The new CD went gold and in 1999, he returned to the touring scene with his concert Antés y después. Soon after, he released a sequel to Aquel Que Había Muerto. With that, he earned the Latino Rap of the year award by Billboard.

In 2004, Vico C released an album titled En Honor A La Verdad. While it was not a major hit it still sold well and one of the album's singles "El Bueno, El Malo y El Feo", referring to Eddie Dee, himself and Tego Calderón respectively. The single was widely heard. The single was a great combination of the best "Conscience" subgenre of rap artists.

Vico C's recent albums include Desahogo, in early 2005. The album was a success and born June 3, 2006 he came back with another concert, El Encuentro.

Many consider Vico C to be a pioneer of rap[weasel words]. Music industry figures[who?] called him the "father and creator of rap".[1] He has worked alongside artists including Big Boy, Eddie Dee, Ivy Queen, Héctor & Tito, Tego Calderón[citation needed]. He has also worked with producers Baby Ranks, Tony Touch and Luny Tunes[citation needed].

He has sung alongside salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa and cumbia group Kumbia Kings[citation needed].

Vico C tries to maintain a Christian theme throughout his music[original research?]. His brother Jay Lozada is a salsa musician.


Main article: Vico C discography

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards[4]
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2017 Himself Vanguard Award Won
Billboard Latin Music Awards[5]
Year Nominee/work Award Result Notes
1999 Aquel Que Había Muerto Latin Rap Album of the Year Won
2002 Vivo Nominated
2003 Emboscada Nominated
2004 En Honor A La Verdad Latin Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year Nominated
2005 "Los 12 Discípulos" Tropical Airplay Track of the Year, New Artist Nominated Shared with Eddie Dee, Gallego, Tego Calderón, Daddy Yankee, Julio Voltio, Ivy Queen, Zion & Lennox, Johnny Prez, Nicky Jam and Wiso G
2006 Desahogo Latin Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year Nominated
Grammy Awards[6]
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2006 Desahogo Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album Nominated
Latin Grammy Awards[7]
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2002 Vivo Best Urban Music Album Won
2003 Emboscada Nominated
2004 En Honor A La Verdad Won
2005 Desahogo Nominated
2010 Babilla Nominated
"Sentimiento" Best Urban Song Nominated
Lo Nuestro Awards[8]
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2003 Emboscada Urban Album of the Year Nominated
2006 Desahogo Nominated
"Desahogo" Video of the Year Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Courage Defined: Vico C Interview
  2. ^ a b c d Interview: Vico C Still Holds it Down for Puerto Rico
  3. ^ Vico C Profile
  4. ^ Flores, Griselda (December 19, 2016). "2017 ASCAP Latin Awards to Honor El Gran Combo & Vico C". Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ List of awards and nominations received by Vico C at the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards:
  6. ^ List of awards and nominations received by Vico C at the annual Grammy Awards:
  7. ^ List of awards and nominations received by Vico C at the annual Latin Grammy Awards:
  8. ^ List of awards and nominations received by Vico C at the annual Lo Nuestro Awards:

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