Reggaeton Pioneers DJ Playero, DJ Negro & DJ Eric Team up as ‘Los Fathers del Reggaetón’

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
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If you’ve followed our Tu Pum Pum series in the past, then this news might just make your day: reggaeton forefathers DJ Playero, DJ Negro and DJ Eric will be releasing new music soon as “Los Fathers del Reggaetón.” The three famed producers joined forces to release the project, a record full of features by urbano artists they’ve picked to take off in 2020. And it looks like we’re not just getting an album — Los Fathers del Reggaetón and their fresh talent will also go on an international tour next year. Something like a traveling version of The Noise, no?

DJ Negro and DJ Eric hope that their new collaboration with Playero can bring back the same energy for fans from their days as The Noise. Back in 1990, DJ Negro — whose real name is Félix Rodríguez — started The Noise as an urbano nightclub in Viejo San Juan, only for the venue to inspire a collective of DJs, rappers and producers by the same name.

Plenty of legendary reggaeton talents — like Ivy Queen or DJ Nelson — had their start with The Noise, either as members or performers at the venue. And one of these artists was a young Daddy Yankee, set up under the wing of DJ Playero. Before The Noise’s venue closed in 1993, Playero approached Rodríguez to let the 16-year-old reggaetonero take the stage, and, well, we all know how that worked out.

Now, the DJs’ reunion as Los Fathers del Reggaetón promises not only their club-worthy production skills — we can also expect more of that keen eye for emerging talent to be featured on their record. Eric Montero, a.k.a DJ Eric — who also boasts an impressive track record for productions featuring reggaeton mainstays (Nicky Jam, Wisin & Yandel, and Don Omar to name a few) — is clearly eager about this and what’s to come. He’s taken to social media to post about the project for weeks, teasing fans with the hashtag #comingsoon under photos of the trio in alluring backdrops. One of which includes…a helicopter.

Turns out, the helicopter was for this epic — if not exaggerated — cinematic trailer for their music project. But if anyone could justifiably release a Mission Impossible-esque teaser for reggaeton, it would be these guys. The short video confirms that Playero, DJ Negro, and Eric are off to a legendary (re)start.