By Astrid Salas
Wisin & Yandel Bring Back Old School Reggaeton
In the past five years, each have garnered respect on their own in the Latin urban music community with hits that have magnificently sustained their solo careers, but we will always know them as Wisin y Yandel, el ‘Dúo de la historia.’ Together they became reggaeton's most successful duo and are known as two of the genre’s main pioneers. Now they are back to relive their classic hits that turned them into Latin stars.
The Como Antes tour began with the track of the same name and then almost instantly, Wisin & Yandel hype the crowd with their history of hits, signaling they are back and bigger than ever, with spectacular stage effects and colorful screen sets. They, and their fans, know they work best as a team, with Yandel’s soulful singing complementing Wisin’s more aggressive raps, radiating off an undeniable chemistry. The dynamic duo know how to get the body moving, and their upbeat raps and singing are simply contagious. Both artists connect to fans in differing ways. Wisin offers unity with everyone by engaging the crowd to sing along, while Yandel gives a more personal touch, constantly taking selfies with anyone lucky enough to be in the front row.
The majority of the concert consisted of their career-defining songs as a duo, including ‘Pam pam’, ‘Rakata’ and ‘Abusadora.’ There were moments when the venue sang each classic lyric word for word, bringing us back to the mid-2000s, when reggaeton was still relatively new to the US, truly giving us the feeling of what it was like before, Como Antes. And this worked—fans rejoiced and danced through the whole event, from start to finish. The two are a testament to the longevity and pervasiveness of Latin urban music. After all, it is them who we should thank for the collaborations of music legends. ‘Mayor que yo’ and ‘Noche de entierro’ are one of the early examples of Latin artists coming together to make a worldwide hit, a pattern that is still followed today. In the end, the concert decidedly proves that nothing compares to old school reggaeton.