Don Dinero

  • Don Dinero
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Don Dinero

Born in the rough Washington Heights section of Manhattan, Don Dinero found much inspiration amid New York's thriving hip-hop scene. This artist is the son of Cuban exiles who arrived in the United States at the beginning of the 1960s. While growing up, he witnessed the birth of rap and immediately became attracted to the movement. Dinero, who raps fluently in English and Spanish, says his music has been successful because Latinos were hungry for rap that spoke to their experience.

Don Dinero in Miami

In the late 1990s he and his older brother, Oscar Guitian, started their own label, Last Laugh Records, and went about making their dreams come true. Not much came of that venture, unfortunately, and Don Dinero decided to move himself and his family to Miami, where he believed there was ample opportunity amid the city's huge Latino population. This was in 2002, and he immediately began work on what would become Que Bola! He released the album by the end of the year, on Cuban Connection Records, and Miami's Salsa 98.3 began playing the single "Pana Pana." This in itself was landmark, as the predominantly tropical station rarely if ever played so-called urban music, but the best was yet to come, when Universal Latino offered to pick up Que Bola! for distribution, reissuing it in 2003 in an enhanced edition. Universal also green-lighted a group album, Don Dinero and the Revolu All Stars, and a DVD, Su Vida y la Calle - both of which furthered the quickly mounting buzz surrounding Dinero. Such was the buzz that Dinero and Dinero alone was chosen to collaborate with Celia Cruz on a remix of her "Son de la Loma" single, released in 2004. That year he also independently released a retrospective collection, The Best of Don Dinero, which featured his best-known songs in remixed form. All of this ascension culminated in 2005 with the release of Ahora Que Sí, Dinero's long-awaited follow-up to Que Bola! The album's lead single, "Arte de la Calle," got excessive airplay in the stateside Latino enclaves of Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and Texas, setting up well the album's eventual release in July. He released his third album "El Ultimo Guerrero" on October 31, 2006.

Don Dinero with Block Royal

In 2004, Robert Tito Montanez aka Screw passed away leaving the movement Block Royal; an organization that stands for Love, Loyalty, and Respect. In 2005, Dinero teamed up with A.K., Flav and 2Tune to continue the works of Screw. Full force ahead, now Block Royal, has a symbolic meaning that’s supported by communities across the United States & worlwide. Dinero accomplished these achievements before there was even an Urban Latin Music Market in existence! After performances, and appearances on popular syndicated shows, at concerts, festivals, clubs, and everywhere in between, Don Dinero, is now a household Name. Due to his independent success with “Que Bola”, in early 2005, he became the first urban artist to snag a joint venture deal with Universal Latino and then release his second Spanish album “Ahora Que Si”. Since then, Dinero has sold over 200,000 records overall! The third Spanish album “El Ultimo Guerrero”, was for fans to hear the heart and soul of Latino pride. In a market that isn’t ready for this bilingual Artist’s rhythms! He is to advance for his time. As a hip-hop artist, in the midst of a Reggaeton mainstream invasion, Dinero is definitely unique. He has managed to remain on top while staying true to his New York hip-hop roots. Often referred to as the first of his kind, a Pioneer of Latin Hip-Hop, he feels privileged to be granted the opportunity to pave away for other upcoming Latin Hip-Hop Artists, who share a similar passion for the business and the music respectfully. In 2011, Dinero will be unleashing a New English Album, off his New Joint venture with Nu' compass Entertainment/ Don Dinero INC. This CEO / Artist / Pioneer/ Entrepreneur is continuing to push the movement forward by building new roads for the future. Fans are highly anticipating his first English single, “CHEAT ON MY GIRL”, which will be seen playing on these music video channels MTV trs3, MUN 2, HTV…. ect. His new English Hip-Hop Give Away Album, Don Dinero “The Spanish Frank Sinatra”, will bring Latin Hip-Hop to a whole new multi-platform level.

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    “My Way Video (Intro to the New Album – ‘The Spanish Frank Sinatra’)”
    “The first major American-born, Spanish-rapping hip-hop artist to make the major-label jump and find widespread commercial acceptance, Don Dinero was one of a kind — for a moment, that is, before a legion of followers like Pitbull followed in his footsteps and likewise found an eager market for stateside Spanish-language rap. Granted, stateside Latino rappers such as Cypress Hill, Lil Rob, Nore, and Big Punisher had preceded Dinero by years, and south of the border there long had been plenty of Spanish-language rap, for instance the Mexican hardcore rap of Control Machete or the massive reggaeton movement. But Dinero was different: he was an American who rapped in en español for Spanish-speaking Americans, which set him apart from his aforementioned predecessors and made him a unique presence in the hip-hop world — and also earned him much respect from American Latinos, who felt he was rapping for them , not for a crossover audience as his American predecessors had.”
    GHM Staff – GlobalHitMusic.com

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