The New York Times’ music critic Jon Pareles named Residente’s self-titled debut record the #2 album of the year. He writes:
Residente, the rapper from Calle 13, tested his DNA and followed the results worldwide to collaborate with musicians in, among other places, China, Burkina Faso, Bosnia, France and South Ossetia, as well as his native Puerto Rico, letting each locale suggest lyrics. Then he built hardheaded songs about war, impending apocalypse and the resilience of the world’s poorest people.
‘Residente’ was also included on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2017 list.
2017 was an eventful year for Residente. His self-titled album, released in March 2017, marked his first solo project since his departure from Calle 13. In addition to receiving critical acclaim, the album rocketed to the top of the Billboard and iTunes charts; it also topped Spotify’s global viral 50 chart. The success of the album translated to a 45 date world tour that visited 40 cities in 17 countries.
In November, the Puerto Rican rapper won Latin GRAMMY Awards for best urban music album and for best urban song—bringing Residente’s career total to 27 GRAMMY Awards, the most ever awarded to a Latin artist.
Earlier this year Residente directed his eponymous feature length documentary, which was selected to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. The documentary—produced by Story House Entertainment, a division of Fusion Media Group—was later distributed worldwide and also aired in the U.S. as a five-part series on FUSION.
Residente (aka René Perez Joglar) is a Puerto Rican rapper, writer, producer and the co-founder of alternative rap duo ‘Calle 13.’ He also is the recipient of a Nobel Peace Summit Award and 25 Latin Grammys – the most ever awarded to a Latin artist. Throughout his career Residente has been recognized for his social contributions. He has consistently defended education in Latin America and the rights of the natives and serves as the face of campaigns for UNICEF and Amnesty International.