Carlos Efrén Reyes Rosado, better known in the artistic world as Farruko, is a Puerto Rican singer and producer. He was born on May 2, 1991 in the city of Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
He formally debuted in 2010 performing reggaeton and latin trap, genres with which he managed to establish himself as one of the most influential and successful artists in contemporary urban music.
Meaning of the name Farruko
Farruko is a family nickname, as his grandfather called him since he was little. In honor of his grandfather and the great affection he had for him, the singer used it as his stage name.
Farruko's childhood, youth and family life
The artist was born in Puerto Rico, known by many as an island of enchantment, particularly in the city of Bayamón, and has spent most of his life there. He grew up in a close-knit family, with great passion and pride in his Puerto Rican roots. From an early age the boy showed his penchant for music, especially for urban genres; styles in which he began to rip and compose.
After completing his studies, Farruko started at university, where he consolidated his knowledge in the career of event production. However, the reggaeton musician decided to devote himself completely to music, and shortly afterwards he dropped out of higher education.
He worked as an assistant in his father's mechanical workshop, where he learned about hard work and respect for different trades, until he managed to earn a place in the art world.
Musical beginning of Farruko
The first steps into Farruko's music were at the age of 11, when he started writing his first songs. Thanks to the development of his artistic skills, at the age of 14 he became friends with the future DJ Phanton, with whom he formed a duo and recorded several songs.
A year later, after several unsuccessful attempts to create a space in the music field, Borinqueño recorded his first song "Bla, bla, bla", a song that did not have success or repercussions on the digital media where it was released.
Given this failure, Farruko tried to make himself known by other means, to use technology to his advantage and to publish some of his songs on My Space; platform that helped him get his first followers. In this way he started, first listening, then following, writing and improvising at school with his friends. Then he took part in street talent shows and at 18 he built his own studio at home, because he didn't have the money to buy one.
Some time later the singer began to publish his music on social networks, finding his best allies on YouTube and MySpace at that time.
Thus, he gained popularity, starting knocking on doors and working with renowned singers within the genre. He always wanted to be an artist but didn't think he would go that far; so, the moment he knew what a platform is, that people would listen to, he started collaborating with other artists he admired.
At the age of 16, he recorded his second song, “Sex outside the planet”, a piece that caught the attention of famous Puerto Rican music producer Alex Gárgolas; This gave him the opportunity to enter, now with great potential for success, the artistic medium.
with the firm decision to make himself known as a singer of the urban genre, he formally started music by releasing his second song; included in the introduction of the album "Los Brothers".
Since then, his songs have been a favorite of Latin American youth.
He also often played in the main commercial radio stations where he was a great success; as in many clubs in Puerto Rico and Latin America.
Musical genre by Farruko
Initially, the singer cultivated classic reggaeton, a genre with which he achieved hits that were considered phenomenal in the world of international urban music at the time.
Indeed, Farruko has taken the music scene strongly, demonstrating particular qualities to perform most reggaeton subgenres, such as trap, rap, hip hop and R&B.
Farruko has done his work with his songs and also through memorable collaborations with artists such as Daddy Yankee, Arcángel or Bad Bunny.
His love of music was inherited from his father, who was a loyal fan of Franco De Vita, Ricardo Arjona and Ricardo Montaner.
However, his surroundings, his friends and the people he had relationships with, brought him closer to reggaeton and urban music. Therefore, the singer also believes that he has the influence of artists such as Héctor El Father, Don Omar, Wisin y Yandel and Daddy Yankee.
Likewise, the reggaeton musician has demonstrated mastery of various genres other than his own, such as pop, bachata, mambo and vallenato. Knowing these other types of music allowed Farruko to evolve on an artistic level, to develop more and better his lyrical skills until he decided and defined his own style.
Its musical essence consists mainly in creating songs, which narrate fundamental aspects of life such as love, healthy fun and the passion to enjoy the good things in life; Therefore, each of his compositions reflects concerns and feelings that can be found in the songwriter's experiences.