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Calle 13 Biography

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Birth Place: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Years Active: 2003-present
Genres: Alternative Hip Hop, Latin Rap, Experimental

Calle 13 is a band formed by stepbrothers René Pérez Joglar (born on February 23, 1978 in Hato Rey, a subsection of San Juan, Puerto Rico), who calls himself Residente (lead singer, writer) and Eduardo José Cabra Martínez, (born on September 10, 1978 in Santurce, another subsection of San Juan) who calls himself Visitante (multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, beat producer) and their sister Ileana aka PG-13 (background vocals) and occasionally Residente's mother, Puerto Rican actress Flor Joglar de Gracia (on the single "Tango del Pecado").

Calle 13 is noted for its eclectic musical style, often using unconventional instrumentation in its music, which distances the group from the reggaeton genre. The band is also known for its satirical lyrics as well as social commentary about Latin American issues and culture. The stepbrothers are strong supporters of the Puerto Rican independence movement, a stance that has generated controversy. For its work, the group has won ten Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammy Awards.

Stepbrothers Pérez and Cabra first got a record deal with White Lion Records after sending the label a demo tape, and after the controversial song "Querido F.B.I." was released in 2008, the group gained notoriety in Puerto Rico.

In 2005, Calle 13 released its self titled debut album, which became very popular due to the singles "Se Vale Tó-Tó" and "Atrevete-te-te!" The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and entered the Billboard 200 Albums chart at #189.

In 2007, the group released their second album, “Residente o Visitante,” which was also very successful and experimented with a wide variety of genres. “Residente o Visitante” peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and reached #52 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The album helped the group gain success throughout Latin America and went on to win three Latin Grammy Awards and won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Urban Album.

The group released their third album, “Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo,” in 2008. Calle 13 created controversy due to some political comments regarding Puerto Rico's government, but the album was a success nonetheless, reaching #3 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and #89 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The album was awarded a Grammy for Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album.

Calle 13 released their fourth album, “Entren Los Que Quieran,” in 2010. The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart while peaking at #25 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart.