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Héctor "El Father"
Birth name Héctor Delgado Román
Born September 4, 1979 (1979-09-04) (age 30)
Origin Carolina, Puerto Rico
Genres Reggaeton
Years active 1996–2004 (duo)
2004–2010 (solo)
Labels Roc La Familia (2005-2007)
V.I. Music
Gold Star Music (2004-2008), (2009-)
Def Jam Recordings (2005-2007)
Associated acts Tito "El Bambino"

Héctor Delgado Román, (born in Carolina, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican reggaeton artist and producer[1], formerly known by the artistic names Héctor "El Father" and Héctor "El Bambino". He announced his retirement in 2009 but he will however be having a series of "Farewell Concerts" that go until May 2010,he will sing in the "Auditorio Benito Juarez" in "Guadalajara, Jalisco".[2] He rose to fame as a member of the duo Héctor y Tito. As a producer Delgado has worked with several reggaeton producers, as well as Emilio Estefan.[3]

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Career life

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Los Bambinos

Hector joined Efraín Fines Nevares (later known as Tito "El Bambino") and formed the duo Héctor y Tito ("Los Bambinos"). Héctor y Tito released their first album in 1998. Together they became reggaeton stars releasing several successful albums and making appearances in several compilations, becoming one of the most sought-out duos in the genre. Both became the first reggeaton artists to sell out a massive concert in Puerto Rico, opening the path to other artists such as Tego Calderón, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Wisin & Yandel. As a duet both captured the world's attention and made reggeaton a popular genre, winning awards such as the Billboard Latin Music Award for Latin rap album of the year for their album "A La Reconquista".[4]

In 2005, the duo announced their breakup, and each of them has continued with their separate careers.

Gold Star Music

Delgado followed the success of Trébol Clan with his own compilation album titled Los Anormales which went on to break all record sales in Puerto Rico with 130,000 copies sold in just two days. Los Anormales featured the reggaeton artists such as Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Trebol Clan, Divino, Zion and the duo Alexis y Fido.

In February, Delgado performed in the Canary Islands during their big Carnival festivities. His performance was a sold out success. His song "Baila Morena", which Delgado produced for Hector y Tito, was one of the most air played songs in this Spanish territory.

Roc-A-Fella

In mid 2005 Delgado signed an agreement with Roc-A-Fella Records owner Jay-Z to promote him in the United States through the newly founded Roc-A-Fella sub-label Roc La Familia. The label, created to house international artists, would have Jay-Z and Hector both produce and perform on a compilation album. The album titled "Rompe Discotekas" featured top of the line artists both from United States hip-hop and Spanish reggaeton music industries.[5]

Additionally, Delgado became the Hispanic image for, what was at that time, the Roc-A-Fella owned clothing line Rocawear. The advertising campaign including his image was featured in TV spots, print, and billboards. The agreement included a deal for Rocawear to sponsor Delgado's own clothing designs under the label Bambino. The clothing deal included Héctor designing tennis shoes to be released as part of the Jay-Z's "S. Carter Collection" under Reebok.[5]

Solo career

In September 16, 2005, he presented two sold-out concerts titled The Bad Boy in Puerto Rico with artists like Wisin & Yandel, Alexis y Fido, Trebol Clan, Fat Joe, Polaco and others.

Delgado has become one of the most successful producers, not only in the reggaeton genre, but in the Latin American music business, even working with renowned Cuban producer Emilio Estefan.[3]

On January 2008 Delgado decided to lose weight and contracted José Bonilla, a personal trainer to help him. He also began practicing the Atkins diet. At the beginning of this weight program he weighed 221, by the end he had lost 31 pounds.[6]

Retirement

On September 3, 2008, Delgado announced his retirement from the music industry, he said "Hace seis meses murió Héctor 'El Father'"[7] Translated from the Spanish this means "Six months ago Hector 'The Father' died." In a press conference held in Puerto Rico, the rapper announced that he intended to pursue a religious career. Although he did not know if he was going to be a pastor because he said he could not predict what God wanted. The release of his album 'El Juicio Final' marked the end of his career in the reggaeton world. Delgado said he had made the decision six months prior to the announcement was fulfilling his music contract which obligated him to release one more album for the label.[8]

Discography

With Tito "El Bambino"

As Hector "El Father"

Compilation albums: Presented by Hector "El Father"

As Hector Delgado

  • Cristo Y Sus Amigos (TBA)

Singles

  • "Caserios #2" (Feat. Don Omar) (2003)
  • "Noche de Travesura" (Feat. Divino) (2004)
  • "Tú Quieres Duro" (2004)
  • "Vamos Pa' La Calle" (2004)
  • "Mirándonos" (Feat. Zion) (2004)
  • "Yo Sigo Aquí" (Feat. Naldo) (2004)
  • "Ronca" (Feat. Don Omar & Zion) (2004)
  • "Vamos a Matarnos En La Raya" (2004)
  • "Dale Castigo" (2005)
  • "Calor" (2005)
  • 'La Barria" (Feat. Wisin & Yandel) (2005)
  • "Sácala" (Feat. Don Omar, Wisin & Yandel) (2005)
  • "La Envidia" (Feat. Polaco) (2005)
  • "Déjale Caer To' El Peso" (Feat. Yomo) (2005)
  • "No Hay Nadie" (Feat. Yomo & Victor Manuelle) (2005)
  • "Los Cojo Bajando" (Feat. Yomo & Polaco) (2005)
  • "Here We Go Yo" (Feat. Jay-Z) (2006)
  • "El Teléfono" (Feat. Wisin & Yandel) (2006)
  • "Hello Mama (Remix)" (Feat. Yomo, Jim Jones, & Ghetto) (2006)
  • "Here We Go Yo Remix" (Tiradera Pa Arcangel) (Feat.Wisin & Yandel,Polaco,Yomo,& Jay Z) (2006)
  • "Rumor de Guerra" (2006)
  • "Maldades" (2006)
  • "Sola" (2006)
  • "Te Vas" (Feat. Ken-Y) (2006)
  • "No Haces Na'" (Feat. Yomo) (2007)
  • "Hola Bebé" (Feat. Jowell & Randy) (2007)
  • "Pa' La Tumba" (2007)
  • "Bajen Pa'Aca" (2007)
  • "Te Vi Llorar" (2008)
  • "Up In The Club" (Feat. CeCile) (Caribbean Connection) (2008)
  • "Y Llora (2008)
  • "Si Me Tocaras" (Feat. Harry Maldonado) (Gospel Song from "Juicio Final") (2008)
  • "Entre El Bien y El Mal" (Feat.Cosculluela) (2008)
  • "Payaso" (2008)
  • "Y Llora (Reaggaeton Remix)" (2009)
  • "La Fiesta (w/Harry Maldonado)"(2009)
  • "Pegadito (w/Tommy Torres)" (2009)
  • "La Última Cena" (TBA)
  • "Los Capos Remix" (feat. De La Ghetto, Zion, Jowell & Randy, Voltio, Guelo Star, Ñejo Y Dalmata)

References

  1. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/latino/espanol/2008/09/03/2008-09-03_se_retira_reggaetonero_hctor_el_father-2.html is a Spanish article that confirms he announced his retirement.
  2. ^ Concerts date are pritned in the inside of his cd "Juicio Final" ISBN 60251781933
  3. ^ a b "Hector El Father a batear en 'otra liga'" (in Spanish). Univision. http://www.univision.com/content/content.jhtml?cid=934179. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  4. ^ Bambino CD Inaugurating Roc La Familia by Billboard Music. May 03, 2006
  5. ^ a b Spanish-spiced hip-hop by Steve Jones, USA TODAY. August 4, 2005
  6. ^ Frances Tirado (2008-01-29). "Da la pelea contra la gordura [Fighting the fat"]. Primera Hora. http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/farandula/espectaculos_asi/da_la_pelea_contra_la_gordura/151904. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  7. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/latino/espanol/2008/09/03/2008-09-03_se_retira_reggaetonero_hctor_el_father-2.html
  8. ^ Frances Tirado (2008-09-04). "Héctor “El Father” ya no romperá la discoteca" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/musica/espectaculos_asi/hector_el_father_ya_no_rompera_la_discoteca/226541. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 

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