Arcángel: Return of the
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2/2/12 at 8:20 AM ET - LatinRapper.com exclusive interview by
Austin Santos, better known
to reggaeton fans as Arcángel, was born in 1985 in New York.
Music was part of the artist's DNA, thanks to his Dominican
mother's past involvement with the famous Merengue group "Las
Chicas del Clan." But it wasn't until well
after moving to Puerto Rico that Arcángel became an
established name in music. Baby Records owner Zion
signed Arcángel and Rafael "De La Ghetto" Castillo to a deal,
although the duo never released a studio album together.
Frustrations between Arcángel and the label led towards his
decision to break free and embark on a solo career at the end
In 2008, Arcángel launched
his widely-successful album "El Fenómeno" through his own
label, Flow Factory Music, under the management of his mother
Carmen Santos. Four years, multiple awards, several
mixtapes and hundreds of shows later, Arcángel has returned
with his sophomore album titled "Sentimiento Elegancia y
Maldad." Arcángel recently spoke to LatinRapper.com
about his upcoming album in this exclusive interview.
LatinRapper.com: You waited four years before coming out
with new material, is there a reason for that?
I'm really demanding with my music, and I have taken my time
because I want to reach perfection in my sound as well as my
lyrics, I would say that I'm very demanding with myself and
the work that I do.
What's something new that you can offer the public and your
fans about the new album?
This real feeling of experiences lived by me, which the public
will be able to relate to because these are things that happen
to all human beings
You've previously worked with many producers in the
industry, but what beat makers can the public expect to hear
on this project?
I'm working with the best producers in urban music. That's
Tainy [Tunes], Mambo Kings, el Arma Secreta, and many other
Which guests have the honor of working on this album?
Well look, I have some tracks with Daddy Yankee and the
participation of the great talent of De La Ghetto.
What's going to be the first single, and what track will be
the second single?
The track titled "Me Prefieres a Mi," and we still don't know
what the second single will be, but we have a lot in mind.
Have you already shot the video for "Me Prefieres a Mi?"
In something like two weeks we're shooting the video in Puerto
Aside from music, what other projects have you had the
opportunity to work on?
In 2007 I had the opportunity to act in a Puerto Rican film
titled "Muerte en el Paraíso".
Would you like to start an acting career?
If I was presented with the opportunity in the future, I'd
love to, but meanwhile what I'm really dedicated to is music.
For those that don't know, explain to us what Flow Factory
Well, Flow Factory is my company, created by yours truly, and
we have been very successful. And because of that,
Flow Factory is dedicated to working with only one artist, and
You were born in New York but moved to Puerto Rico, why is
that? It's always the opposite, people move from PR to
I don't know. I went to PR really young, since I was
four months old. And all that time my family lived in
Puerto Rico and my mother lived in New York, because she was
in music, but finally decided to move back to Puerto Rico.
Do you have anything to say to Arcángel fans?
Thanks for all your support, I love you all a lot, expect many
good things from me this year, I won't let you down.
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