10 Latin Artists You Should Know & Where They Come From

10 Latin Artists You Should Know & Where They Come From

Since 2016, Spotify has seen significant interest in R&B beats from Jesse Baez to Kali Uchis’ hit single telepatía, which reached the #2 spot on the Spotify Global Chart in March.

In 2021 alone, there’s on average more than 71,000 hours, an equivalent of over 8 years, of Latin R&B songs streamed on Spotify per day. Monica and Antonio from the Spotify team shared their thoughts on the rise of Latin R&B below.

From your perspective, which artists do you think are leading the wave in the Latin R&B genre?

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1. Dylan Fuentes / Twitter / IG

Hometown: Barranquilla, Colombia

Dylan Fuentes is a reggaeton artist signed to superstar producer Tainy’s NEON16 label. Fuentes’ latest single, “felicia,” is an Afrobeats fusion featuring Afro-pop artist Daramola.

Fuentes has had success with previous hits like “Ajena” featuring Myke Towers and “Tu Amiga” alongside Tainy, Justin Quiles, Llane, and Lennox.

2. Ingrid Contreras / Twitter / IG

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Born in Sonora, Mexico and raised in LA, Ingrid Contreras incorporates both classic mariachi and pop ballads into her music, which can be found in her latest single, “Me Voy Amándote.”

In 2019, she debuted with, “Te Seguire Queriendo,” showcasing her unique style and raw talent. The following year, Contreras released two projects within three weeks: En Vivo, Vol. 1, in which she covered a variety of influential songs, and CU4TRO, her debut album.

3. Jaudy / Twitter / IG

Hometown: NY/ Dominican Republic

Raised in New York with Dominican roots, Jaudy credits his single “Tu Veneno” as his return to the Latin urban genre.

In 2018, he caught the attention of prominent Latin singer-songwriter Arcangel, which led to their collaboration on “Deo A Mi Ex.” Jaudy demonstrates his versatility with his recent feature on Baby Gas’ “Dos Colombianas.”

4. Young Laroye / Twitter / IG

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

Venezuelan rapper, Young Laroye has a bright future in the music scene. His most recent single, “Ando con mi Pandilla,” proves he has the talent and charisma to become a major star.

His unique flow and versatility have earned him a solid fan base and constant support on social media.

5. Manu Negrete / Twitter / IG

Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico

Manu Negrete is a singer, songwriter, and musician from Mexico City. Negrete’s star began to rise after competing on Season 5 of La Voz Mexico, garnering the attention of Alejandro Sanz who invited Negrete on his “Sirope” tour throughout Mexico.

Manu recently released his self-titled album where he shows off his amazing vocals and incredible range.

6. Tomas Ballardo / Twitter / IG

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Born in Southern California with Sinaloense roots, Tomas Ballardo is a promising voice in regional Mexican music. Ballardo not only sings but composes and plays the drums and accordion as well.

His last single, “Los Primos,” featuring regional Mexican stars Carin Leon and Panchito Arredondo, cemented Ballardo as an artist to watch.

7. JenN / Twitter / IG

Hometown: Carolina, Puerto Rico

From Carolina, Puerto Rico, JenN has written songs in both English and Spanish, stretching across genres such as hip-hop, trap, and reggaeton.

She began her career in music by uploading freestyle videos to Instagram, which gained her well-deserved popularity and support. It wasn’t until 2020 that JenN recorded her first track, resulting in a signed contract with Mass Music, LLC.

Her new single “Hello” is a woman’s anthem that showcases her versatility between singing and rapping.

8. Vasquez El Sabio / IG

Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania

Vasquez El Sabio is another promising talent gaining immense popularity in both New York and the Dominican Republic.

His song “Dique” received critical acclaim, and last month, El Sabio released the boastful drill track “Swaggy.”

9. Chacka / Twitter / IG

Hometown: Bronx, New York

Chacka is a New York artist with an impressive flow. He earned himself a solid fanbase when he began uploading his freestyle videos to social media.

On his latest album, Que Tu Pensaba, Chacka raps about a variety of topics and showcases his singing voice on reggaeton beats.

10. Queen Parker / Twitter / IG

Hometown: Bronx, New York

Queen Parker is a singer and songwriter from the Dominican Republic. In 2019, Queen recorded a song unexpectedly while visiting a friend, which later became the acclaimed “Me Vale Verga.” The song’s success caused her to take music seriously.

On her most recent track “Tengo Lo Mio,” Queen spits braggadocious bars and reminds listeners that she’s worked hard for her position.