Meet The Orphans
Label: UMLE - Machete
Has anybody used the word "truncated" in a reggaeton song before? Probably not, which is partly why Meet The Orphans diverges from the slick virtual world that oozed through 2009's iDon. Omar has rediscovered both grit and poetry, thanks to his stable of underground rappers (the orphans). "Angeles y Demonos," featuring Syko and Kendo Kapponi, is a vivid depiction of the existential angst at the heart of the drug trade and its effects on a community. "Hooka" pays surreal tribute to marijuana and the towering dembow riddim that birthed reggaeton, and even the love songs bristle with originality.