Method to the Madness:
Interview with "Crazy People" Sensato
12/29/11 10:44 PM EST - LatinRapper.com exclusive interview by
William Reyna, better known
to his fans as Dominican-born and Bronx-bred Sensato, is
blowing up in the Latin music scene. In 2009, Sensato
captured the attention of Miami rapper Pitbull thanks to his
hit single Watagatapitusberry, which soared to the #4 spot on
the Billboard Latin Rhythm Charts. One remix
later with Mr. 305 and Crunk king Lil Jon, and the wheels were
put in motion. Sensato is currently
enjoying worldwide buzz thanks to his latest Pitbull-featured
joint "Crazy People." LatinRapper.com spoke to Sensato
and brother/manager Frank Reyna about his music and possible crossover English tracks in this exclusive interview.
LatinRapper.com: Are you working on a new album right now?
I'm working on my mixtape, I just released it.
How did you first
connect with Pitbull a few years back?
After we did the
Watagatapitusberry remix, Pitbull was the one that brought Lil
Jon to the table. After we did that, we just kept the
relationship, and that's how we continued to work together.
Now we got the new record, Crazy People, that we're promoting.
After Watagatapitusberry, that's when the connection came.
Ever since then, we've been working on and off.
Crazy People is an
infectious track, have you been getting a lot of radio play
for the single?
Yeah, it's actually buzzing
in Miami, L.A.. It's gonna hit harder now. It's
already getting a lot of buzz on the radio.
Who did the beat for
When you drop the new
album, whose label will it be under?
We're working with Mr. 305
So it's basically Pit's
Yeah, pretty much.
Do you have your own
We have our own thing, it's
called Tiburon Inc. Which is how we started, pretty much
ourselves. Now we're going to associate with Pitbull,
take it to the next level.
Have you been on tour?
Well, I was just on
Pitbull's tour with Enrique Iglesias and Prince Royce. I
wasn't performing with him, but we went all over the states.
We're going to be touring now, starting this year, with Crazy
People. We gotta go really hard on it right now.
[Frank Reyna] We don't have
an official tour set up, but since 2009 every weekend, thank
God, we've been all over. On the strength of mixtapes
and local buzz. Venezuela, Switzerland. We've been to
But on Pitbull's tour,
there was no performing?
[Frank Reyna] He performed
at one venue, one of the most important performances in
France. This well-known event, Starfloor, and Pit
brought him out. He actually performed Latinos in Paris,
which is one of the remixes he has with Sensato.
You're Dominican, but
from the Bronx, right?
Were you born in the
I was born and raised on
the Dominican Republic. I came to New York City when I
was like 12.
What part of DR are you
How much does being
Dominican factor into your music?
Well that's pretty much
where I started. That's where we came from. All of
our buzz started over there. Once it blew up over there,
it came to New York City, then it kept on spreading out.
That's the main thing, that's where I'm from, that's where my
roots are at. That's where I get influence to write all
And your first single -
I'm gonna try to say this - Watagatapata....
That's you trying to
spit game as best you can without speaking English?
Yeah, something like that.
Trying to say something, and can't really say it.
You're popular, but kind
of flew under the radar until Crazy People. Was the
first single bigger in the Caribbean than in the States?
[Frank Reyna] It was
charted on four different charts on Billboard at the same
time. The reason why we had probably been under the
radar, it's been a long time since a Latin Rapper has been
brought out. He's going to be the first one to really
have that appeal. Pit started in English, then moved
into Spanish. Sensato is going in Spanish, with the idea
of going English.
Pit is taking us to a level
of doing tracks like "Crazy People" and being able to link us
to people like Lil Jon. We do mixtapes to stay relevant in the
streets. But with Pit, he's going to take us out of this
shell we've been in for years. We've been working since
Have you been
collaborating with other artists besides Pitbull?
I've been doing a lot of
freestyle tracks, mixtape tracks. I've had a lot of
collaborations with all the artists in the Dominican Republic.
Besides Pit, this new record with Jiggy Drama and Fuego.
All the artists in the Dominican Republic, we've already
worked with. That's been the main thing since we
How are you looking to
improve your buzz in 2012?
Well I've been constantly
working for the past couple years. Every year just keeps
getting better, we've been working harder. Now that I'm
working with Pit, we're just trying to take it to the next
level, you know. Doing the right things, so we can go
Fans can buy the single
for Crazy People on iTunes or Amazon, but where can they
download your new mixtape?
They can get it at my site,
Since it's a mixtape,
are you rapping over other artists' beats, or are they
It's a street mixtape.
It's a mix of remixes, original songs.
How much of your music
is in English?
It's more Spanish than
English, but it has a lot of English. I've been trying
to do the Spanglish thing. If you download the mixtape,
it's almost like a Hip Hop mixtape, but in Spanish. It
has English, definitely.
Do you see yourself ever
doing an all-English track for radio?
I would love to do that.
What can people do if
they want to support your music?
They can call and request
"Crazy People" on the radio. They can follow me on my
@Sensato, and my Facebook page. They can go to my
site and get all my videos.
Anything to add for
We have the video of
"Latinos in Paris" featuring Pitbull coming out on New Year's.
It's gonna be a good video, so look out for that.
[Frank Reyna] The video was
actually shot in Paris. It's also the featured
performance when Pit brought Sensato out at Starfloor.
I saw the teaser trailer
for "Latinos in Paris" on Youtube a few days ago and thought,
how the hell did these guys end up in Paris?
[Frank Reyna] It's funny
that Jay-Z and Kanye West haven't even shot a video for it
yet, and here we are shooting a video. The mixtape that
came out is Volume 2, people can also download Volume 1 that
came out a year ago. People really got to know Sensato
on that mixtape.
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