Puerto Rican duo Jowell y Randy are declaring today International Perreo Day with the release of their new album Viva El Perreo. The reggaetón icons team up with the legends and superstars of the genre.
“We are very proud of this album,” Jowell y Randy said in a statement. “We are very grateful to everyone who participated in the creation of each song, and we are excited to celebrate this release with our fans, who have been with us since day one. We want everyone to enjoy it and join us for El Día Internacional del Perreo.”
Jowell y Randy previewed the album last month with hypnotic lead single “Anaranjado,” their collaboration with Colombian reggaetonero J Balvin. The song marked the debut of Bad Bunny as a producer, for another artist, under the name San Benito. Rising Colombian writer Keityn, who helped pen Karol G’s “Tusa” and Maluma’s “Hawaí,” also produced the track.
As a producer, the influence of Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG can be felt on Viva El Perreo. Jowell y Randy’s “Bien Arrebatao,” with Puerto Rican rapper Miky Woodz, has shades of “Safaera.” That throwback perreo vibe that Benito revived is alive and well on “A Mí Sí Me Gusta,” Jowell y Randy’s banger with Puerto Rican singer Barbie Rican. Other reggaetón greats on the album include Don Omar and De La Ghetto.
Outside of reggaetón, dembow is also present on Viva El Perreo with “Se Acabó La Cuarentena.” Jowell y Randy team up with Dominican star Kiko El Crazy and they come through with a club anthem for post-pandemic times.
As an International Perreo Day launchpad, Jowell y Randy’s Viva El Perreo is the perfect inaugural album for the new holiday. To anyone looking for a worthy perreo follow-up to YHLQMDLG, this is it.