J-King & Maximan:
Crusaders Rise Up
9/29/10 - LatinRapper.com exclusive interview by Dante
J-King and Maximan earned
their stripes in Puerto Rico's urban movement as part of the
group Casa de Leones, topping the billboard charts with their
hit single "No Te Veo."
Thanks to cuts from their
latest album Los Superheroes, including "Cuando, Cuando
Es" and "Sr. Juez", the duo have enjoyed a meteoric rise
coinciding with millions of Youtube views in a matter of only
While preparing to perform
in the upcoming Machete Music tour, J-King took time out to
speak with LatinRapper.com in this exclusive interview.
LatinRapper.com: Tell me something about Los Superheroes
album that dropped last summer.
First of all, we would like to thank God for giving us the
opportunity to do this album. The album dropped July of this
year. It's a mixture of cultures like reggaeton,
dancehall, ballad, R&B. We call it Los Superheroes,
because we came to save reggaeton. What we thought was
reggaeton was disappearing, the essence was disappearing.
Every reggaeton singer was
doing different music fusions. So we kept our roots, and
out came the Superheroes. And we're blessed that the
first single Cuando Cuando Es topped the Billboard
charts, was in the top five for eighteen weeks on the Tropical
charts and on the Hot Latin Urban songs, so we're very
grateful for that and for Machete.
You say that you want to
bring it back to the essence, what artists do you consider the
essence of reggaeton or underground?
When I say that we wanted
to bring it back, we're trying to bring the whole genre back
again. I would consider Wisin y Yandel, Don Omar, Daddy
Yankee, Jowell y Randy, and ourselves, even Cosculluela to be
taking reggaeton to another level. We're hitting our
peak right now.
You have one of the most
unique sounds in reggaeton, who would you consider your
influences to be?
Our influences would be
Tempo from Ponce, he's in prison right now, free Tempo.
Hector Lavoe, who was the greatest salsa singer in the history
of salsa music. Even Michael Jackson, Wisin y Yandel,
Daddy Yankee. Those would be the main artists that
inspired our careers and ourselves.
You were popular as part
of Casa de Leones. What do you think specifically made
J-King and Maximan so popular in Puerto Rico?
I think it was after we
left Casa de Leones, me and Maxi decided to start writing
material for us two. We started making a different
fusion of music. I think it was with tema "Hijo
en la Disco," it was a tema that brought us to the eye
of the public as a real strong duo. Then we came out
temas like "Beso en la Boca," "Dejame Tocarte," that
helped solidify our position in Puerto Rico.
I was a fan of songs
like "Rastrillea II," but you made a departure from the
dancehall sound with "Sr. Juez." What made you decide to
sit down and make a song and video like that?
It was the feedback of the
people. If you look up Sr. Juez right now, it's got over
two and a half million downloads already. And it's crazy
'cause the song started just two weeks ago. Fans made it
their favorite, I don't really know what made it so popular
that made us drop it to the second one.
I think it's the fusion
that we used, a style of melodies mixed with a romantic style.
We thought it was a good idea to bring a lot of versatility to
the CD. So with songs like Estrellito, Sr.
Juez, y Dedicame un Minuto, those three songs are
the ones that we take a bit off of our style, but we're proud
I know that you're on
the Machete Music tour, you doing any other concerts to
promote the new album?
We're doing an
international tour, we're doing it with a company Rocafort
Enterprise, which is a manager Osvaldo Rocafort. We just
went to Honduras, we're going to Ecuador again in two weeks.
We're going to Chile in November. Thank God the work is
good, the CD is paying off, know what I'm saying. We're
looking forward to the Machete Tour, so we're doing our own
shows and concerts internationally. And we feel blessed
because of that.
I wouldn't have thought
that Ecuador had a big reggaeton fan base.
They're huge, huge huge
huge. Guayaquil, Quito, wow. They love reggaeton
and they're really knowledgeable about it, they know the whole
history, which is crazy.
Besides the touring, are
you doing anything else big this year?
We're promoting our second single, Sr. Juez. We're doing
music right now, we just did a joint with Wisin y Yandel on
Los Vaqueros 2. We just made a remix with Yaga and
Mackie, "Movimiento Loco," which is getting huge right now in
Puerto Rico. The song is crazy, you have to download it.
We're going to do a couple of mambos, to mix reggaeton with
mambo, it's the hottest beat on the market right now.
Working on our music,
trying to get better every day, hitting the studio real hard.
When we get back from touring, we go to the studio, and we go
to the airport, and we go back to the tour. We feel
blessed about it right now.
J-King and Maximan right
now are still working, and we want to get to the number one
spot. But we know it takes time. We're looking
forward to the second CD, which is gonna be crazier than
the first one.
Is there any reason why
you guys have more of a dancehall, maybe even a Panamanian
flavor to your music?
Panamanian and dancehall.
Since we were little kids, me and Maxi been listening to them
for music. I'm talking to you about since when Mr. Vegas
wasn't Mr. Vegas, Sean Paul wasn't Sean Paul, Dangerman,
Supercat. We just grew up being crazy fans of dancehall.
When we got the chance, every Friday we went to the mall to
get a CD so we could listen to it.
Dancehall is our biggest
influence, so that's why we have to have that Caribbean sound.
We stopped listening to it about five years ago, just so we
could focus on our music. We didn't copy nothing, so
nothing would get stuck in my head, know what I'm saying.
Is there anything you
want to say to your fans?
I would like to say thank
you to all the fans. Be on the lookout for Los
Superheroes. Get your copy at Amazon.com or at
iTunes.com, and be looking forward to J-King and Maximan on
the Machete tour. And to the whole world, we love you,
God bless everybody.
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