Biografía de Bimbo

By Quinée Butler, - Since Reggaeton first swept through the United States, new listeners have been starving for information on old school artist like Bimbo. Although he is well known in places like Puerto Rico, it is hard to find someone in the Reggaeton’s new fan base who knows who he is or what he is about. New fans across the world are just now learning about Reggaeton’s unique dembow beat, and pioneers like Bimbo. They struggle to find all the pieces of the Reggaeton puzzle and patiently for the day that someone will put pieces together for them. Connecting with old school artist like Bimbo helps fans connect the dots and find out the vital information to make up the complete Reggaeton history.
Bimbo describes Reggaeton in three generation. Bimbo and Daddy Yankee, Ranking Stone, and Baby Rasta y Gringo are examples of artists from the first generation of Reggaeton artist who had lyrics that were raw in the beginning, because the artist came from the ghetto. He felt that it was the Reggaeton artists against a society that refused to play their music. “If I lived in Beverly Hills, maybe I would talk about sexy white chicks, fancy cars and money. The reality is that I lived in the Barrio and every day you could see someone get killed, someone get robbed, kids that don’t have money to go to school and fathers that abandon their kids,” he says. Back in the day life was like hell for them, and their lyrics reflected that. “Artists like Hector El Bambino “The Father”, Don Omar and Tego Calderon make of the second generation of Reggaeton artist. They are the artists who brought about a change for Reggaeton,” says Bimbo. “They offered cleaner lyrics and mixed music with other beats. This music has now gone mainstream and it’s a lot for danceable and appeals to a broader audience”.

Bimbo considers artist like Cheka, Jowell y Randy, and Trebol Clan part of the 3 wave of Reggaetoners who will continue to spread the music across the globe.
Bimbo, also known as “Oso Mañoso” was given his nickname as a child because his friends and family thought he resembled the Bimbo bear from a box of cookies. He claims being called Bimbo was annoying at first, but the name stuck.

He began his career by lyrically battling in the streets, where they upgraded his name to “Oso Mañoso,” which means skillful bear in English. He was very good at improvising and free styling in the area in Puerto Rico where he grew up in called Capeño. Bimbo and his childhood friend Mikey formed a group called 3 to get Funky Crew and created his first hit, “Ven Para La Competencia”. Since Mikey had family in Philadelphia they decided to send their song there. The song hot and it gained placement on the Billboard charts in less than six months. “The song was so good that it went to number eight out of forty songs in the Japanese Billboard Hit list. I am the first Puerto Rican rap stance to go to Japan. After that, I did a 3 week tour with La India in Japan. Bimbo has since then toured all around the world in countries like Spain, Italy, France, Australia, as well Latin America.

Reggaeton is already hitting hard on the east coast. Bimbo points out that Reggaeton from Puerto Rico is not the same as Reggaeton from New York, and Reggaeton from New York is not the same as Reggaeton from Spain. Its versatility makes Reggaeton accepted by a wide audience. With the appearance of new record labels, such as Machete, Bad Boy Latino and Wu-Tang Latino which are geared toward Latin artists and audiences, fans are skeptical about the sincerity of the men behind them. Bimbo feels, “If the money is right everything is fine. They simply are doing this because they want to be a part of something that will be big,” states Bimbo. “Labels like Wu-tang have been to Puerto Rico one-thousand times. These labels have been watching us from the beginning to see what would happen. It took artist like Tego and Daddy Yankee to show the world that we could make millions they could have singed us, but there was no guarantee they would get back their investment because Reggaeton was only big in Puerto Rico, now it’s a different story. Back in the day we used to sell one hundred thousand copies of our records with no problem, so we really didn’t care about places like New York at that time. ”

Fans ask, since Reggaeton is so big, why even sign with these new labels? Bimbo claims the migration to major Labels in the United States is due to the fact that some artists may have suffered huge losses from bad promoters and managers. Thus there would be less of a risk of someone taking all your profits as was the case for some artist in the beginning. “For those who don’t accept the changes that are to come, they have to remember there is always a good side and a bad side of things. For me in the beginning it was hell, I didn’t have the opportunities that I have now, but I kept on working. Now all kinds of opportunities are coming my way, such as the Reggaeton Remix of “Karma” with Alicia Keys.”

Bimbo is all about change and creating something new that all people can enjoy. He has already worked with the most seasoned Reggaeton artist, and is willing to work with anyone with a Vision. His new Album comes out on August 23 and his record Release party will be at the Virgin Records in Time Square.

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