La Calle Moderna
Label: Capitol Latin
A thunderous return to form for reggaeton's kingpin and a reckoning for his club-pop-obsessed genre, Prestige finds Daddy Yankee churning out banger after banger, molding each cut around some of his most interesting beats ever. But every inch of robo-salsa, fever-pitch merengue and sirening electro-pop is firmly grounded in stuttering riddims and driven by Da! Dy!'s fierce flow. Even the most pop-leaning cuts (see the sexy "La Noche de los 2") still manage to balance crossover appeal with swaggalicious reggaeton classicism. Prestige earns its title well before the two smash singles at the end.