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2021 Latin GRAMMYs: Myke Towers Bridges Salsa and Rap at Latin GRAMMYs 2021 With Electrifying Performance Of 'Pin Pin'
"¡De Puerto Rico para el mundo!" yelled Myke Towers, backed by an invigorating tropical ensemble with blaring brass taking the spotlight at Latin GRAMMYs 2021.
The Puerto Rican rapper arrived on stage flowing over the insatiable rhythm of "Pin Pin." Produced by Carlos Santana, the tropical-tinged rap tune navigates the fine line between salsa and trap. The recording features a brassy, captivating sample from Tommy Olivencia's "Periquito Pin Pin."
Wheeler and DJ Nelson stepped in with "La Curiosidad," also starring Myke Towers, a track that impressively clocked in at more half a billion Spotify streams to date. They are all nominated for said song Best Reggaeton Performance.
Although Towers has been releasing music for over five years, he broke into the Latin hip-hop landscape in 2020 with the release of Easy Money, Baby, quickly becoming a global force to be reckoned with. Nominated for Best Urban Music Album, his 2021 album, Lyke Mike is one of the fiercest rap albums of modern times.
The rapper has also been politically outspoken to issues surrounding race and prejudice, especially as tensions built following the murder of George Floyd.
The Puerto Rican rapper, who is Afro-Latino, told GRAMMY.com last year: "For me, being a Latin artist who has been heavily influenced by Black culture, it is important to show my support and stand in solidarity with the African American community for what is right, what is humane."
DJ Nelson coined the word "reggaeton" in 1995. He pioneered the sound of the Puerto Rican-orginated genre in the early '90s along with the Noise and DJ Playero.