Sixteen-year-old Raymond Ayalas dreams of baseball stardom were cut short when a stray bullet plunged into his leg. But the native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, would ultimately find fame spitting out rhymes instead of chewing tobacco as Daddy Yankee. The King of Reggaeton that blending of reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and Latin American rhythms has just released El Cartel: The Big Boss. Singles Ella Me Levantó and Impacto (his collaboration with Fergie) are burning up radio charts and club dance floors. Its also more hip-hop flavad than much of his previous work, even if the Tony Montana/drug running imagery is a bit dated. But if any artist of the genre is big enough to play the Toyota Center, its the creator of Gasolina. Just dont let Don Omar know that.
Sun., Sept. 23, 7 p.m., 2007