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René Pérez Joglar (born February 23, 1978), better known as Resident (often stylized as Resident). Calle 13, a Puerto Rican rapper, writer, filmmaker, and also one of the originals of the Puerto Rican alternative rap group Calle 13.
He has received four Grammy Awards and 25 Latin Grammy Awards, more than any other Latin artist.
He has been studying art for 8 years and has produced some of his own music videos.
His music has earned him the respect of many music colleagues and analysts, as well as being taken seriously as part of school and university courses.
He has been praised for his social work and appears in UNICEF and Amnesty International campaigns.
He has defended education in Latin America and the rights of indigenous peoples.
In 2009, he referred to Puerto Rico Luis Fortuo's governor as a "SOB" for layoffs of more than 30,000 public employees.
Residente received a Prize at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Barcelona in November 2015 for his contribution to social awareness and for promoting peace.
Early life and education
René Pérez Joglar was born in a hospital in Hato Rey, a San Juan suburb. Flor Joglar de Garca, his mother, is an actress who appeared in Teatro del 60 (Theater of the 60s). She belonged to Juventud Independent Youth of the University (Independence Youth of the University) during her undergraduate years. Reinaldo Pérez Ramrez, René's father, is a labor lawyer, singer, and writer. He attended the Escuela Libre de Msica (Free School of Music). Latin Tempo formed when he was 17, and alongside Louis Garca, a trombonist and arranger, they formed the band Latin Tempo. Reinaldo studied Political Science and Law at the University of Puerto Rico, with the intention of contributing to Puerto Rico's Independence. He became the president of Juventud Uni Universitaria (JIU) while studying Political Science. He formed a law firm devoted to labor unions right after he graduated from the School of Law. In 1978, he went to Cuba as both a representative of Puerto Rico's youth and a PSP member of the Partido Socialista Puertorrique (Puerto Rican Socialist Party). In the 1980s, he traveled to Nicaragua during the Sandinista Revolution to express sympathy with other Puerto Ricans.
René grew up in a working middle-class neighborhood in Trujillo Alto with his brothers and mother. From childhood, art, music, and sports surrounded him. He taught himself how to play the guitar and took saxophone and drum lessons. He was a student at the University of On the 12th grade, he was a drummer. Since he was young, his passion for drawing and music was evident, but baseball was always his passion, a sport he enjoyed for many years before he went to high school. When he finished school, he had to make the difficult decision about which path to take and choose the arts. He was accepted to the Escuela de Artes Plásticas (School of Visual Arts) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He received a scholarship based on his portfolio and then enrolled in Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where he completed his master's degree in fine arts.
René developed his alias "Resident Calle 13" to relive some memories from his childhood, as well as write poems and rap songs during his free time. He came from Barcelona, Spain, with the intention of living there when he finished his master's degree. Since being unable to find jobs, he decided to take film courses because he also loved this style of art. He screened a short film he directed when he was a student in the SCAD called S=emp2 or sexo, as seen in the SCAD: Energa x Pleasure 2 (Sex = Energy x Pleasure 2) During the time he lived in Spain. He presented it in Madrid and took second place in a short film festival of independent films.
He worked on a variety of art projects when he returned to Puerto Rico. He designed illustrations and 3D animations for architects. He also worked as a music video editor. He began writing again during this period, this time from Old San Juan, the capital. René began to feed his writing with the basic of the boricua (Puerto Rican) life and its jargon. He has also associated with the La Perla neighborhood since he was a child there. All of this is reflected in his first album, which will be released later this year. René's brother, Eduardo Cabra, helped him with the writing after having gained a better understanding of how and what to write about.
René's quest continued even though most major stores did not pay attention to his music. It wasn't until René was starving for food in his refrigerator that he began to call his brother, Gabriel, who suggested that his music be sent to White Lion Records, an independent music company that was responsible for Tego Calderón's success. During this period, he wrote "I'm Hungry" ("I'm Hungry." The first visionaries to see René's potential were Elas de León, the owner of White Lion Records, and his A&R Director, Karly Rosario.
Social work, education and recognition
Residente has been a vocal promoter of Latin American education, having attended demonstration marches in Puerto Rico, Chile, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic, among other things.
René wore a T-shirt that read "Educación Pblica, gratuita para Puerto Rico, Chile, Colombia, Dominicana" during the Latin Grammy Awards in November 2011 ("Free, public education for Puerto Rico, Chile, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic").
In January 2013, a Residente married Soledad Fandio in a private celebration in Puerto Rico. Milo was born on August 7, 2014, and the couple divorced in 2017.
Calle 13 was formed in 2004 when Residente and his stepbrother Visitante (real name Eduardo José Cabra Martnez) began making music together. Residente obtained a master's degree in art from Savannah College of Art and Design before forming the group, although Visitante studied music at the University of Puerto Rico. In 2003, a resident of Puerto Rico returned to Puerto Rico. The step-brothers performed their music on a website and began looking for a record label to broadcast their songs commercially.
The pair was given a contract after delivering demo tapes to White Lion Records, which was followed by a four-year contract. Residente chose White Lion due to his admiration for Tego Calderón, another artist on the label. Elas de León, the president of the White Lions, said that his cousin and A&R director alerted him to the performance, and added, "These strange guys came to the show." You have to pay attention to it." When he got the call that Calle 13 had been signed, he was at his day job as a draftsman for an architectural company. The group's "Se Vale Tó-Tó" album was released as a single on Puerto Rican radio station WVOZ (Mix 107), where it became a radio hit on the island. Residente produced and edited the video for "Se Vale Tó-Tó," which was shot on a very modest budget of US$14,000.
The pair gained notoriety for their unpopular song "Querido FBI," which responded to the assassination of Filiberto Ojeda Rós, a leading figure of the Puerto Rican independence movement. The pair collaborated on "Chulin Chunfly" with Julio Voltio, a Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart hit number eight, boosting the group's buzz. "Querido F.B.I." has been a hit in the Seattle suburbs. The pair, as "Chulin Culin Chunfly," and "Chulin Culin Chunfly," are on their way to record their debut album in the studio. "I didn't care about anything" when making the album, Residente said. "I had no obligations to work, so I was relaxed." According to Residente, the rapper was able to freely express himself on record due to a lack of critical recognition and fame. Residente began writing lyrics and Visitante then constructed his beats to complement the lyrical content when making his songs for the album.
Residente was invited by the Governor of Puerto Rico to participate in the fight against Balas al Aire in December (Bullets in the Air). "Ley de Gravedad" was written by the Residente and his brother Eduardo Cabra (nicknamed "Vivisitante") by the Residente and his brother Eduardo Cabra ("The Law of Gravity") The New York Times invited Americans to Puerto Rico to speak with "the first intellectual who rose to fame with Reggaeton." His first two albums, as well as the album "Suave," made him well known in Latin America.
The pair travelled to South America to discover areas populated by Latin America's indigenous and African-descended minorities while writing the sequel to Calle 13. "We saw terrible stuff, but also things that were incredibly beautiful," the resident reflected on the journey. Any of the comparisons are incredibly detailed."
Residente o Visitante's second album, Residente o Visitante, was more introspective and autobiographical than its predecessor. The company did not feel any pressure to compete with the success of Calle 13, and it seemed that recording of Residente o Visitante was a faster process than the first: "We had more opportunities, more tools, and more money this time around." We were all on tour at the same time, unlike the first. During the travels, I spent my time writing, while my brother wrote the lyrics. "Tango del Pecado," Residente's then-girlfriend, former Miss Universe Denise Quiones, who did not accept the couple's friendship, was sent by the album's lead single. "Tango del Pecado" caused indignation due to repeated chanting of "Sbele el volumen satánica" (turn up the satanic music). "I never do something expecting something," a resident said. "I do things because I love them." Residente o Visitante debuted on the United States. The Billboard Top Latin Albums chart debuted at number one, displacing Jennifer Lopez's Spanish album Como Ama Una Mujer, and the Billboard 200 at number 52, which has sold nearly 12,000 copies in its first week.
On October 21, 2008, the group was joined by Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo. Jonathan Pareles of The New York Times described Residente's appearance on the album as "a visionary" and that "few hip-hop or urban acts, in any way, match so much passion to so much fun." The album performed with genres like samba, candombe, and electronica. At the Latin Grammy Awards of 2009, the album received five Latin Grammy Awards, including "Album of the Year." When Residente was hosting the 2009 MTV Latin America Awards, the group sparked controversy when trying to alert the audience about a strike in Puerto Rico in protest against governor Luis Fortuo's slaying of thousands of government employees, one of which belonged to Residente's mother. He referred to Fortuo as a "son of a whore," igniting a lot of skepticism against the group. "I was very upset, very angry." 'I was so angry, so I was devastated. But I'm a little more practical now – I want to speak the truth, but I don't want to undermine the truth of what I'm saying."
Calle 13 appeared at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot twice for the launch of their third album Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo on May 2, 2009. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the playwright of Heights, had been invited to attend Residente's acceptance address for Best Original Score at the 62nd Tony Awards. Flor Joglar de Gracia, the mother of Residente and little sister ILE, told Miranda of their familial ties to Gilberto Concepción de Gracia, the Founder of the Puerto Rican Independence Party. Miranda and Residente have since revealed their family connections on social media.
When the pair travelled to Cuba in March 2010, to perform in front of the American Embassy in the country, the repente became the subject of discussion once more. A political prisoner had died in a hunger strike in favor of the Cuban government, and Cuban exiles in Miami chastised the group for being unable to function at such a time. Residente defended the show, saying that it had been inaccurately announced and that "we said things that no artist had said from the stage, like "the people are in charge, and the government must obey," the artist said. Residente's lyrical style and the topics he wanted to discuss on his latest album were two things: "What makes me more mature isn't about my age," the singer says. I'm not saying this stuff carelessly anymore. "I'm thinking before I say them."
Residente took a more political stand with the lyrics on Entren Los Que Quieran, following events that occurred after the last album's demise. "Calma Pueblo" addresses a variety of topics, including dishonest politicians, lip-synching in live performances, and payola. With the words "Adidas doesn't use me, I use Adidas," a Residente refers to Calle 13's sponsors. Residente referred to Multi Viral's lyrics as "more existential" and went on to say: "I'm now more aware, or worried about living and dying." Maybe I can do something bigger than politics," I thought.
Residente took a DNA test that revealed his ances trace back to ten separate locations around the world, including Armenia, Ghana, China, and his homeland Puerto Rico. Such diversity inspired him to produce what would be a solo album, a film, and a book that would be published under the same brand name Residente later this year. Residente revealed in April 2015 that he was in Siberia working on his debut solo album. Residente, Residente's debut solo album, was released in 2017. The album received acclaim from the Latin music academy and mainstream critics for their best urban music album and in fact, Billboard's Best Spanish Language Album of the Year was named.
Residente sluggish, simple, ignorant, and redundant during an interview with Billboard, referring to modern Spanish words urban music as uninspired, simple, ignorant, and redundant. This prompted hip-hop and reggaeton artist Tempo to respond a more vocal manner, resulting in a high-profile rap war. As well as many mainstream audiences and outlets on social media, mainstream Hispanic journalists declared Residente victorious. His song "La Cátedra" is a 12-minute, 1,900 word diss track, defeating the previous Guinness Book of World record-holders, Eminem, and MC Harry Shotta.
Residente, the artist's self-titled documentary, was released on March 11, 2017. Following the results of his DNA test, Residente follows his ancestors on a worldwide journey traceing back his ancestors through various continents and countries. Residentes travel to various countries and regions, including Siberia, Georgia, Moscow, China, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Puerto Rico. As he travels through various countries, he collaborates with several local musicians playing indigenous instruments, resulting in his debut self-titled album, Residente.
Residente's collaboration with American producer Dillon Francis launched the single "Sexo" in April 2018. Residente claims that sex is the primary motivation behind all human activity in the song. Residente produced the accompanying music video, which was shot in Colombia. Billboard revealed that the upbeat song and colorful video were a stylistic departure from the more experimental, reflective work on his solo album, with Billboard's comment that "talks about sex in a joyful, all inclusive way" in a joyful, all inclusive fashion. Residente's single "Bellacoso" starring Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny was released in July 2019. The song was influenced by Daddy Yankee's musicality, and feminist resistance influenced the song's lyrical content, with the song calling for consent and denying sexual assault. Gregory Ohrel, a French cinematographer, produced the music video, which was shot in Puerto Rico.
Residente has started a dialogue with Bad Bunny titled "Afilando los Cuchillos" ("Sharpening the Knives"), a political remark by Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló. He and Bad Bunny and Ricky Martin were among mass protesters against this governor. Residente's single "René" was unveiled in February 2020. The introspective song explores sadness and the assassination of a close friend of the rapper by police. The artist appears in Residente's seven-minute music video, recounting his childhood and career. "It makes me feel like maybe people will know me a little bit more," the singer said on the album and video, "knowing that makes me feel better." He released the song and accompanying music video for "Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe" in May 2020, which features couples from around the world, including Bad Bunny and his partner Antonela, and Ricky Martin and his husband Jwan Yosef.