It kicks off with “Ki,” an instrumental lure tune with a motivational speech by Mexican convention speaker and writer Daniel Habif, adopted by his two hits “Tóxica” and “Pepas.” Like “Pepas,” La 167 consists of extra EDM gems like “Embalao,” “Helicoptero,” and his focus observe “El Incomprendido,” which interpolates Alice Deejay’s 1999 basic “Higher Off Alone.”
On highway 167, Farruko takes followers on an eclectic journey that features romantic reggaetón (“My Lova”), hard-hitting perreo (“Baya”), dancehall (“W.F.M.”), reggae (“Jibaro”), lure (“Cucaracha”), and even salsa (“La Bendición”).
In different songs, such because the title observe, “Guerrero,” “Apunta y Dispara,” and “Siempre Sere,” the Puerto Rican rapper wears his coronary heart on his sleeve, telling uncooked tales about rising up, the road life, and overcoming many challenges.
His collaborators embody old-school acts, reminiscent of Gallego, Tempo, Ñengo Circulate, and Lito MC Cassidy, and a wave of latest artists like Brray, Noriel, Jay Wheeler, and Myke Towers, to call just a few. “I consider rather a lot in new expertise and discovering a brand new sound,” he defined.
With La 167, which was largely crafted in a workshop close to his childhood residence in Puerto Rico, Farruko hopes to unfold nothing however “good vibes and good vitality.”
Beneath, the Billboard Latin employees recommends some important tracks.
“Cucaracha” (feat. Ñengo Circulate)
On “Cucaracha,” Farruko be part of forces with rapper, singer-songwriter, and Bayamon native Ñengo Circulate. Within the alternative-trap fusion observe, the place Farru samples Paquita La Del Barrio’s “Rata de dos Patas,” the 2 artists sing about their difficult highway to fame. “We began from cero and the enterprise multiplied/ I discovered the arduous approach, no one defined it to me/ They wished to take me away and it obtained difficult for them/ And I ended up burying them, 4 ‘cubic’ meters,” Farru croons. — INGRID FAJARDO
Behold, the corrido on the album, with an city twist — although this is not the primary time that Farruko has dabbled within the regional Mexican style. The tune is led by an acoustic guitar, fusing along with his raspy voice and rapping. The lyrics speak about his mom’s recommendation on how your enemies are at all times nearer than you assume: “Watch out with the envy, my son, stated my mom/ Keep in mind that the enemies come disguised as sheep.” Farruko sings the tune in a approach that can make followers really feel as if they’re driving in a truck throughout Baja California, accompanied by a guitar. — I.F.
“Jibaro” (feat. Pedro Capo)
On their second collaborative effort, following the Latin Grammy-winning “Calma (Remix),” Farruko groups up with Pedro Capo for a heartfelt observe that pays homage to the standard and hard-working “Jibaro,” a neighborhood time period given to farmers from the countryside of Puerto Rico. The tune kicks off with a folk-like guitar melody, and the sound of a small coqui frog, earlier than transitioning to a mid-tempo reggae and lure fusion, specializing in the significance of coexisting and neighborhood. — JESSICA ROIZ
“La 167” (feat. Gallego)
For the album’s title observe, named after the principal freeway that passes via his hometown of Bayamon, Farruko and José Raúl Gonzalez (higher generally known as “Gallego”) do their very own model of Voltio’s basic “Julito Maraña,” each of which pattern Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon’s “Juanito Alimaña.” The tune opens with the salsa basic, adopted by an intro that welcomes you to Route “167.” Afterwards, Farruko raps about his upbringing in Puerto Rico, preserving the downtempo salsa melody via the whole tune. The lyrics discuss in regards to the actuality of the streets, elaborating on how the alternatives you make can both end in jail time or dying: “The highway is a concrete jungle/ Inform me if you wish to go to jail or inside a coffin.” — I.F.
“Baya” (feat. Yomo)
On his new album, Farru additionally recruits Yomo (sure, the person behind all-time perreo favourite “Descara”) for “Baya,” a pure — you bought it — perreo observe. Giving followers the last word experience expertise, the tune begins off with sounds from a avenue race, and shortly escalates to fast-paced thumping drum beats, changing into one of many catchiest tracks on La 167. It is Yomo’s contribution, particularly when he brings again his basic “Yomo, dejale caer to’ el peso” line, that simply transported me to my first journey to Puerto Rico within the spring of 2011, and the limitless noches de discoteca. “Baya” continues with the Brray and Noriel-assisted “Doble L” for 2 back-to-back perreos. — J.R.
“La Bendición” (feat. Lenier)
When Farruko informed Billboard that he made music for the love of it, he was not kidding — and “La Bendición” is proof of that. Whereas experimenting in all scopes of Latin music, Farru teamed up with Cuban newcomer Lenier for a standard salsa about residing his life and never caring about what his haters must say. “With God’s blessing, who takes care of me from above, some inform me to cease, others inform me to proceed,” Farruko sings. As along with his collab with Jerry Rivera on the revamped “Que Hay de Malo,” Farruko’s vocal talents proceed to shine like by no means earlier than on this tropical style. — J.R.