On His Solo EP Debut, Spanish Trap Artist Kaydy Cain Takes on Salsa and Bachata

Lead Photo: Photo by Julio Paniagua. Courtesy of the artist.
Photo by Julio Paniagua. Courtesy of the artist.
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Catch the vibe for Kaydy Cain’s first full length solo album in the the video released for “BB,” the sweet, King Doudou-produced reggaeton plea to a reluctant lover. Keyword for visuals is playful. Kaydy airplanes in a garden in front of laundry lines, keeping a respectful, awestruck distance from his implacable dancer. Here, she’s the cool one in dark glasses and an unfuckwithable calm. Once she fakes like she’ll take the shades off, but it’s a tease. You never see her eyes. Kaydy’s face is everywhere though, pulling a series of shy guy grins and occasionally smelling flowers.

Pxxr Gvng purists will reminisce about the days that Kaydy Cain was a trap artist. But these days the Spanish rapper is feeling high levels of the amor that has always made him the baby faced lady’s man of his crew, his social media long having served to document the stunning women that pass through his life. Maybe this is a key to his success; Kaydy knows that if the women are feeling honored enough to dance, the party’s litness is a guarantee.

“The album is an ode to love through the styles that I like the most these days,” he told Remezcla. About those. There is little new about Kaydy’s reggaeton explorations — the Pxxrs’ Mafia del Amor project has released popular perreo love odes like “Bonita” and “Independiente.” But salsa? Calle Amor’s title track goes there, setting the tone for a dance-oriented LP. “Si Me Meten Preso,” one of the tracks that Kaydy tells Remezcla helps to define the album, is a bad boy’s bachata lament.

Kaydy’s pivot to danceable rhythms was inspired in part by New York salsa legend Hector Lavoe, who the rapper identifies as one of his idols. As of this week, Lavoe’s face graces Kaydy’s left calf in the form of a celebratory tattoo portrait. Kaydy says he’s also gaining inspiration from Ñejo and Tego Calderon, but performers aren’t his only guiding lights. Kaydy says he also draws inspiration from, “My dad, who will always be my idol.”

That Calle Amor will inspire sweat in the club and the bedroom seems to be a given. The tracklist features a host of heat-seeking collaborators. The acrylic brandishing, LA-based Cubana La Goony Chonga wraps a cadera charming hook around Kaydy’s honorific verses and an inexplicably long feature from Austrian cartoon character Candy Ken on “Y Derecha.” French producer King Doudou also links up for the surprisingly delicate hip hop of “Putos,” featuring emcee DarkSide777 from Italy’s Dark Polo Gang. DJ Sueño Dream Lion from Mexico’s Perreo Pesado clique maps a careful perreo track with “De Verdad.”

The LP is so enjoyable, it kind of makes you wonder why Kaydy waited so long to launch a full length solo moment. He explains, “I’m better at mixtapes and I thought that an album in ‘traditional’ format would be the best way to define myself right now. I’ve tried to condense all the styles that I like in a single album. It’s like a catalogue of what Kaydy Cain is.”