Calle 13 Trying Out New Style: English

Residente Calle 13

Residente Calle 13

Calle 13 is heading back to the studio. This time, the Puerto Rican alternative hip-hop band is adding a new ingredient to their already-rich brew of cumbia, salsa, merengue, rock and reggaeton: inglés.

“So they understand me,” René Pérez a.k.a. Residente, Calle 13′s lead singer and vocalist, said about the band’s decision to start recording in English.

The band’s fifth album will be “honest, authentic,” Residente told WSJ’s Speakeasy in between bites of banana before the band performed free concert at the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival on Friday, filling the Prospect Park venue to capacity.

The band’s fiery lyricist says to expect the same topics that are as broad as the sounds that helped propel the group to international fame four years ago – and netted them a record 19 Latin Grammys – sex, politics, religion and partying.

Residente’s complaint about other acts? “Rap can become pop.” Unlikely scenario for this band.

–Courtesy of Wall Street Journal

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