Wisin y Yandel

Pal Mundo (Universal Machete)

Only a few short years ago, a Wisin y Yandel album would have meant little to international hip-hop playas such as Ja Rule. How quickly things change. With reggaeton now firmly implanted as the musical ambassador of the Latin American world, and Ja's star fading further amid litigation and mediocrity, one could argue that it's Wisin y Yandel who are doing Ja the favor by including him on their "Rakata" remix. And while Wisin y Yandel MCs Juan Luis Morera and Llandel Veguilla have stepped up their game considerably in the past year — especially on the mesmerizing "Mayor Que Yo Part 2" — most of the credit for Pa'l Mundo belongs to production duo Luny Tunes, who are widely considered the Neptunes of reggaeton. The ADD club anthem "Paleta"(featuring Daddy Yankee) is simply a tour de force, while "Rakata" begins with a typical dancehall beat before switching to hip-hop stomp midstream and ending with a surprisingly melodic techno aside. It's the sort of dance-floor consciousness that makes Pa'l MundoWisin y Yandel's strongest album to date.

 
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