Hector "El Father"

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If Héctor "El Father" Román is the father of anything, it would have to be Reggaeton. A genre-bending style of urban music that arrived in the United States from Latin America in the late 1990's, reggaeton takes equal parts inspiration from rap, hip-hop, Jamaican dancehall, and classic Latin American dances like the bomba and the merengue. Among the first artists of this emerging style to become wildly successful in Latin America was the duo Héctor Y Tito, a reggaeton group consisting of Héctor "El Father" and Tito "El Bambino." The pair is largely credited for starting the reggaeton craze in Puerto Rico, paving the way for the genre's eventual emergence in the United States with artists like Daddy Yankee and Don Omar.

Ever since Héctor Y Tito broke up in 2005 on less than friendly terms, Héctor's solo career has been the more successful of the two, both in the United States and abroad. In 2006 Héctor "El Father" formed Gold Star Music - a record label geared towards emerging reggaeton and Latino rap artists - and forged a distrbution deal with Jay-Z, who distributed Héctor's music under the Rock-la-Familia label, a now defunct international imprint of Def Jam/Rock-a-Fella. Héctor's first solo album, The Bad Boy, was released later that year, reaching #81 on the Billboard 200 (no small feat for a reggaeton album) due to the success of hits like Sola and Teléfono.

In 2007, after releasing a live album and a compilation album based on The Bad Boy, "El Father" released El Rompe Discoteka: The Mix Album, his last album to be distributed by Def Jam. The album did not sell as well as expected and as a result the Rock-la-Familia imprint was abandoned, with fellow Latino rapper N.O.R.E. having the dubious distinction of being the only other artist to release an album under the label. Since then, Héctor has performed and produced for both his Gold Star label and V.I. Music, a Puerto Rico-based reggaeton label, most recently alongside Latin American superstarsWisin & Yandel on El Telephono and on Hola Bebe with Jowell & Randy, another regionally famous reggaeton duo.

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Reggaeton producer/artist from Puerto Rico.

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Héctor Delgado Román, (born in Carolina, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican reggaeton artist and producer, formerly known by the artistic names Héctor "El Father" and Héctor "El Bambino". He announced his retirement in 2009 but he will however be having a series of "Farewell Concerts" that go until May 2010,he will sing in the "Auditorio Benito Juarez" in "Guadalajara, Jalisco". He rose to fame as a member of the duo Héctor y Tito

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Héctor Delgado Román, (born in Carolina, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican former reggaeton artist and producer, formerly known by the artistic names Héctor "El Father" and Hector "El Bambino". He announced his retirement in 2008 but had a series of "Farewell Concerts" that went until May 2010. He rose to fame as a member of the duo Héctor & Tito. As a producer Delgado has worked with several reggaeton producers, as well as Emilio Estefan.

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