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Alberto Stylee

Alberto Stylee (born in 1975 as Carlos Alberto Pizarro in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico[1]), is a Puerto Rican reggaeton singer and songwriter. While his career began with hip hop and reggae, he is most famous for musical hits in the reggaeton genre including "Perros y Gatos", "Te Imagino", and most recently, "Perdona".

Alberto Stylee
Birth nameCarlos Alberto Pizarro
Also known asEstilo
El Dueño del Estilo
Born1975 (age 42–43)
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
GenresReggaeton
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1995–present
Associated actsRey Pirin, Ro-K & Gammy, Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee, Plan B, Maicol & Manuel
Websitewww.albertostylee.net

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Early lifeEdit

Alberto Stylee began his career in 1995, participating in various dance and hip hop improvisation competitions. According to Alberto, for the first five years of his career he was afraid to perform in public. He never imagined the improvisations he performed would be discovered by radio and television.[2]

As Alberto Stylee rose to fame in the late '90s, he recorded for top DJ's including DJ Blass, Luny Tunes, DJ Barbosa and others. Alberto Stylee's distinctive style and voice propelled him to success early in his career, opening the doors to collaborations with J Alvarez ("Te Imagino"), Daddy Yankee ("Letra de Posición"), Ñejo & Dalmata ("Vamos Pa' La Disco"), and Cheka (musician) ("Poca Ropa") and his participation in various compilation albums including Playero 39 with DJ Playero.

In 1998, Alberto released his first solo production entitled "Exclusivo", which was nominated in the category of best "Rap and Reggae Album of the Year" in the "Premio Tu Música" (Your Music Awards). For two consecutive years, Alberto Stylee was selected as the Artist of the Year in the National Day of Rap and Reggae ("Día Nacional del Rap y Reggae") Awards in 1998 and 1999. In 2000, he released "Love Reggae Jams", an album that served as a bridge to his later career in reggaeton with a new rhythm that integrated romantic ballads with reggae and hip hop music.

Reggaeton careerEdit

Alberto Stylee's fame and success, however, was derived from his entry into the genre of reggaeton. In 2002, Alberto Stylee launched his third album titled "Los Dueños de la Disco", collaborating with musical artists such as Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee, Maicol & Manuel, and Plan B (duo). The use of various artists and DJs in the album created a unique flavor that combined a variety of different styles and voices.

In 2003, Alberto Stylee left his native Puerto Rico to expand his career in the United States, settling upon Miami, Florida and signing a musical contract with Univibe Records.[3] In 2004, he launched his fourth album and his second in the reggaeton genre, "Rebuleando Con Estilo". The album served to cement Alberto Stylee as a prominent reggaeton artist and featured collaborations with fellow Puerto Rican reggaeton stars such as Nicky Jam, and Zion & Lennox.

As Alberto Stylee's career progressed, his focus pivoted to audiences in Latin America. In 2007, the artist left Miami to live in Medellín, Colombia and join the emerging music scene in the city that has produced some of the world's best reggaeton artists including J Balvin, Reykon, Maluma and others.[4] Alberto cited Medellín's culture and renowned beautiful women as his reasons for relocating to the city.[2]

Legal HistoryEdit

On June 2, 2012, Alberto Stylee was detained by Colombian authorities in Medellín, Colombia and later charged with attempted murder and the illegal possession of a firearm in connection with a shooting that took place on February 26, 2012 in a farmhouse in Copacabana, Antioquia.[5] According to witnesses the victim, Edwin Alfredo Henao Moná, was shot multiple times during a party that featured multiple reggaeton artists and local celebrities.

According to the victim, Alberto Stylee fell into a jealous rage after Mr. Henao spoke to a woman attending the party. When Alberto approached and aimed his gun, Mr. Henao allegedly pleaded for his life saying, "Please don't shoot me. I have a son".[6]

Alberto Stylee, who was attending the party to perform, has been consistent in his denial of the accusations, claiming that there were never ballistic tests and the clothing he wore on the day of the party did not match the clothing described by the victim.[7]

Mr. Henao died two years later, on May 27, 2014, due to complications resulting from his injuries[8] .[9]

On October 30, 2012, Alberto Stylee was released from Colombia's Bellavista prison by the circuit court of Bello, Antioquia citing insufficient and conflicting evidence in the case.[10] Alberto Stylee would later release a song titled Bella Bella, which touches on his experiences while incarcerated in the Bellavista prison.[11] The video rendition of that single had more than 4.3 million views on YouTube as of November, 2014.

On February 17, 2016, the Tribunal Superior of Medellin revoked the prior acquittal from the circuit court of Bello, Antioquia and issued a warrant for Alberto Stylee's immediate arrest, ordering him to serve an additional 12 years in prison on charges of attempted murder and illegal possession of weapons.[12][13] However, prior to his capture, the singer fled to the United States where he continues to maintain his innocence.[14]

ResurgenceEdit

Since his release from prison, Alberto Stylee's career has seen a resurgence. Under the guidance of manager and friend Christian Hernandez, Alberto Stylee released three new singles in 2014 including Me Enamoré,[15] and Manifiestate[16] and Llamada Perdida.[17]

On July 9, 2014, Alberto Stylee signed a multiyear contract with Míguelo Romano,[18] a men's designer clothing brand based in Brooklyn, New York that produces a line of high fashion, armored clothing. This sponsorship contract included performances at Medellín's Luxury Nightclub during Míguelo Romano's annual fashion show alongside hip hop sensation Radio MC. Alberto Stylee performed the concert while wearing a bulletproof urban hoodie.[19]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

SinglesEdit

  • Soltera (2010)
  • Bella Bella (2012)
  • En Busca de Gatas (2012)
  • No Voy a Beber Más (2013)
  • Te Imagino (2013)
  • Manifiestate (2014)
  • Me Enamoré (2014)
  • Perdona (2014)
  • Fiel Amante (2015)
  • Vengo Acabando (2015)
  • La Maquina del Amor (2015)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Biografía de Alberto Stylee" (in Spanish). Buena Musica. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  2. ^ a b "Alberto Stylee, y su éxito 'Te imagino'" (in Spanish). Talento Hey!. 2011-12-22. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  3. ^ "Alberto Stylee se desnuda por primera vez en vídeo" (in Spanish). Reggaeton.com. 2004-02-26. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  4. ^ "Colombian Reggaeton – Behind the bling" (in Spanish). Jack Magazine. 2011-01-10. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  5. ^ "Capturan al reguetonero 'Alberto Stylee' por tentativa de homicidio" (in Spanish). El Tiempo. 2012-06-02. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  6. ^ "Habló la víctima en caso de Alberto Stylee" (in Spanish). Vanguardia. 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  7. ^ "Alberto Stylee regresa a los brazos de su madre tras vivir una pesadilla" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  8. ^ "Alberto Stylee se manifiesta frente a la muerte del joven a quien supuestamente hirió en el 2012" (in Spanish). Oxígeno. 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  9. ^ "Murió el hombre herido en caso que involucraba al reguetonero Alberto Stylee" (in Spanish). El Colombiano. 2014-05-27. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
  10. ^ "Alberto Stylee será absuelto y juez ordena su libertad" (in Spanish). El Colombiano. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  11. ^ Bella Bella Musical Video (in Spanish). Alberto Stylee YouTube Channel. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  12. ^ "Reguetonero Alberto Stylee pagará 17 años de cárcel por intento de homicidio" (in Spanish). El Espectador. 2016-02-17. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  13. ^ "Alberto Stylee tiene orden de captura y es buscado por la Policía" (in Spanish). El Colombiano. 2016-02-18. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  14. ^ "El reguetonero Alberto Stylee no se entregará a la justicia colombiana" (in Spanish). Caracol Radio. 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  15. ^ ""Me Enamoré", lo nuevo de Alberto Stylee con el colombiano Camilo Puinn". Oxígeno. 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  16. ^ Manifiestate Musical Video. Alberto Stylee YouTube Channel. 2014-01-30. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  17. ^ Llamada Perdida Musical Video. Alberto Stylee YouTube Channel. 2014-10-17. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  18. ^ "Alberto Style Signs Multi-Year Sponsorship with Miguelo Romano". GITP Ventures. 2014-07-09. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  19. ^ Míguelo Romano Fiesta de Lanzamiento. Latin Urban Style Blog. 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-11-21.