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Latin Grammy winners Calle 13 on hip-hop swag and Julian Assange
Latin Grammy winners Calle 13 on hip-hop swag and Julian Assange

When the Puerto Rican duo Calle 13 hit the international airwaves in 2005 with its eponymous debut album, it quickly smashed early perceptions that it was just another reggaeton act. Yes, the lyrics were bawdy, but they were also funny, smart and poetic, with clever wordplay and references to everything from stuck-up Latin-pop girls to the dark powers of Darth Vader. Plus, there were clarinet riffs and 1970s funk beats. Calle 13 was reggaeton as a parody of reggaeton, with songs that took on the relentlessly macho nature of the form in songs like "Vamo Animal." Fast-forward nearly 10 years, and the band — composed of members René Pérez Joglar (a.k.a....

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