Reggaeton originated in Panama as reggae in spanish. After the music's gradual exposure in Puerto Rico, it eventually evolved into a new musical style known as reggaeton.
What is the misunderstanding of the orgins of Reggaeton?
Reggaeton blends West-Indian music influences of reggae and dancehall with those of Latin America, such as bomba, plena, salsa, merengue, Latin pop, cumbia and bachata as well as that of hip hop, contemporary R&B, and electronica. However, reggaeton is also combined with rapping or singing in Spanish. The influence of this genre has spread to the wider Latino communities in the United States, as well as the Latin American audience. While it takes influences from hip hop and Jamaican dancehall, reggaeton is not the Hispanic or Latino version of either of these genres; reggaeton has its own specific beat and rhythm, whereas Latino hip hop is simply hip hop recorded by artists of Latino descent. The specific rhythm that characterizes reggaeton is referred to as "Dem Bow.“ The name is a reference to the title of the dancehall song by Shabba Ranks that first popularized the beat in the early 1990s.