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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. — Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. —the genre, depending on whom you ask. Spotify's wildly popular "Baila Reggaeton" playlist brings big followings to obscure artists, seemingly overnight. LGBQT reggaeton parties like Mami Slut draw new followers every week. And we all know it's just a matter of time before Drizzy drops a fire reggaeton record. But before reggaeton even had a name, for many Latinx kids, it was the sound of our coming of age, mainly at quinceañeras. We didn't know we were dancing to the next multibillion dollar genre. We were just dressed-up, klutzy teens navigating the awkward hardships of attracting a partner to "bust a scam" (make out) with by night's end. Quinceañeras were where thousands of Latinxs had their first drink, dance, cigarette—you name it—as one of our closest friends celebrated her symbolic entry into adulthood in a big wedding-like white gown. It was also where many, including myself, first heard reggaeton, or a precursor of it, over a decade before Daddy Yankee brought the genre to an international stage.
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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  and become a house music legend in his own right.  
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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Then, 17 platinum and 32 gold records into his career, he announced his retirement. In 2004 El General went on a farewell tour, announcing he was stepping back to focus on producing. But after a couple of years, it seemed as though he had disappeared completely. Then, in 2008, a video interview surfaced of him explaining his return to the Jehovah's Witness faith, and his commitment to staying away from music. The interviewer asked what would happened if big offers came in; Franco said the offers had never stopped. Eight years later, a  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  further quelled any questions of his commitment.
      The video shows a young Franco in a padded sound booth, as he lays down the vocals for an unidentified song. A shrewd manager pours him a glass of rum to calm him as he takes his headphones off in disgust over the lyrical content. The real Edgardo Franco narrates this, and he recounts the time spent as El General. Franco asserts that this was an empty and dark era for him. He equates his platinum records and many accolades as "trophies from the devil."
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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , the offers must be nothing short of staggering. But nothing, he says, can bring him back to the life he left so many years ago. Not even the opportunity to claim his rightful throne as the father of reggaeton, a title he doesn't shy away from. "Honestly, it's a music that comes from Jamaica," he said when asked where reggaeton came from 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. . But he knows his place in the grand scheme. He doesn't hesitate when asked who the father of reggaeton is. "As far as the Hispanic market, it's me. Vico C from Puerto Rico's influence is undeniable, but he focused more on hip-hop" he says. Whatever his place in the scope of reggaeton, one thing is certain : El General had Latinxs the world over dancing, twerking, and grinding to delightfully decadent spanish-language dembow, years before "reggaeton" was a household word. Legendary singer Celia Cruz supposedly once told him he'd go far if he found a new rhythm. He listened, bringing Spanish-language dembow to a large audience, forging a path towards reggaeton.

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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  from the success of the singer’s hits in the early 90s, including such fan favorites as “ Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ” and “ Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .” Edgardo Franco told the host of TV show Reporte Semanal that 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  who preyed on his childhood dreams of becoming a singer, overwhelming his religious belief and convincing him to record the sexually suggestive party jams, which were seminal breakout hits in the early days of reggaeton. Such was El General’s battle with their content, he said, that he had to drink to get the devil’s word out. “The lyrics [of my songs] caused conflict with my conscience,” he said. “But I had some drinks and recorded them. Those songs played on all the radio stations. That was a trophy for Satan.”
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      La nostalgia se apodera de YouTube. ‘El General’ fue uno de los cantantes de moda de los años noventa, sus canciones son recordadas por generaciones enteras con temas como “No me trates de engañar”, “Que es lo que quiere esa Nena”, “Muévelo, muévelo”, y otros que cuenta con miles de reproducciones en YouTube.
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      Armando Morán, superitendente de prensa de los Testigos de Jehová, destaca el comunicado, invita a todo el público a asistir a estas reuniones gratuitas y en las cuales no se hacen colectas.
      Se espera la asistencia de unas 1,500 personas provenientes de distintos puntos del país.
      Las Asambleas Seamos Leales a Jehová se realizan a nivel mundial y los Testigos de Jehová llevan a cabo una campaña previa para invitar a todas las familias.

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