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The Original Rude Girl is the second studio album by Puerto Rican reggaeton recording artist Ivy Queen released on December 15, 1998 by Sony Discos. It is the follow up studio album to Queen's debut effort En Mi Imperio released in 1997. The album includes Queen's debut single "In The Zone" featuring Wyclef Jean, which helped to increase the album and Queen's exposure to American audiences.

The Original Rude Girl
The Original Rude Girl Album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 15, 1998
StudioThe Hit Factory
(New York, New York)
Holivic Recording Studio
(Bronx, New York)
GenreHip hop[1]
LanguageEnglish, Spanish
LabelSony Discos
ProducerDJ Nelson
Ivy Queen chronology
En Mi Imperio
The Original Rude Girl
Singles from The Original Rude Girl
  1. "In The Zone"
    Released: February 9, 1999
  2. "Ritmo Latino"
    Released: 1999



After the success of her debut studio album En Mi Imperio (1997), which as of February 2004 has sold over 80,000 copies,[2] Ivy Queen was quickly signed to the Sony label and began recording material for her second album. However, due to her inexperience in the music business Queen did not receive any profits from the sales of En Mi Imperio. In 1998, while Wyclef Jean was touring Puerto Rico, Ivy Queen attended one of his concerts. Wyclef then sent an invitation for fans to come up on stage if they thought they could "flow". With encouragement from her friends, Queen stepped on stage an amazed Jean enough that they later met again in New York to record a song. Following the lawsuit filed against DJ Negro, producer of En Mi Imperio, Sony Discos decided to produce and develop music directly for Queen, as they were unhappy with the work produced by Negro.[3]

Release and promotionEdit

The album was released on December 15, 1998. Ivy Queen embarked on a tour shortly after throughout Puerto Rico and the United States. The lead single, "In The Zone" was released February 9, 1999.[4] An accompanying music video was also shot and released. It was directed by Jeff Kennedy and produced by George Barnes.[1] A second music video was filmed and directed by Gabriel Goldberg. A remix version was also recorded and included on the album featuring extra verses from both Queen and Jean. A second single, "Ritmo Latino" featuring Victor Vargas and WepaMan was also released in 1999.

The album was reissued by Sony Discos on August 25, 1999 with an alternate remix of "In The Zone" as the closing track.[5] In August 1998, she performed at Disney Beach Club Resort along with other artists from the Sony Discos label over the course of three days.[6] She appeared at the 1999 Latin Alternative Music Conference before she became famous and was questioned as to why she was there. The founder, Thomas Cookman responded in her defense with "because she's valid".[7]

Musical style and compositionEdit

The album is a bilingual set featuring music from the Hip-Hop genre, a departure from the musical styles of reggaeton featured on her debut effort.[8] "In The Zone" was written by Ivy Queen, Wyclef Jean, and Omar Navarro, known artistically as Gran Omar. Gran Omar was Queen's then-husband at the time. The song is a hip-hop track, like much of the album. Queen's verses and chorus are sung in Spanish, and Jean's verses are sung in English.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [9]

While the album itself was not successful commercially, "In The Zone" managed to chart at number 38 on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40.[10][11] David Jeffries of Allmusic gave the album a 4.5 out of 5 stars providing no review while listing the album as an "Allmusic Pick".[12] The Spanish magazine Remezcla listed the album as one of the most influential Latin music albums released in 1998.[13] According to Patricia Meschino of the Miami New Times the song was a solid collaboration with Jean which introduced her to a new audience.[14]

Track listingEdit

  • Standard Edition:[12]
1."Intro"Martha PesanteDJ Nelson0:31
2."Muchas Vienen"PesanteDJ Nelson2:47
3."Cuando Escuches Reggae"PesanteDJ Nelson2:45
4."Interlude - In The Zone"PesanteDJ Nelson0:56
5."In The Zone" (featuring Wyclef Jean)Pesante, Wyclef Jean, Omar NazarroDJ Nelson, Dr. Paul, Hugo Boss4:13
6."Quy... Queena"PesanteDJ Nelson3:04
7."La Realidad" (featuring Alex D' Castro)Pesante, Alex Castro, Domingo QuiñonesDJ Nelson4:11
8."Interlude - Flash Back"PesanteDJ Nelson1:01
9."Flash Back"PesanteDJ Nelson3:45
10."The King and The Queen" (featuring Don Chezina)Pesante, Ricardo GarciaDJ Nelson2:29
11."Ritmo Latino" (Radio Version)Pesante, Navarro, Victor Vargas, Donahue VargasDJ Nelson4:19
12."Sabes Que Tu"Pesante, NavarroDJ Nelson3:18
13."Un Trono"PesanteDJ Nelson3:12
14."Ritmo Latino" (Long Version)Pesante, Navarro, Vargas, VargasDJ Nelson6:49
15."In The Zone (King Sahpreem Remix)" (featuring Wyclef Jean)Pesante, Jean, NavarroKing Sahpreem3:35
Total length:46:55

Credits and personnelEdit

Adapted from AllMusic[15][16]

  • Hugo Boss – Mixing, Producer
  • Don Chezina – Guest Artist
  • Alex D' Castro – Guest Artist
  • Luis Diaz – Mixing, Producer
  • Andy Grassi – Engineer, Mixing
  • Ivy Queen – Composer, Primary Artist
  • Wyclef Jean – Composer, Guest Artist
  • DJ Nelson – Producer
  • Omar Navarro – Composer, Director
  • Dr. Paul – Producer
  • Georgie Salgado – Congas, Guitar
  • Danny Vargas – Arranger, Mixing, Producer
  • Victor Vargas – Arranger, Mixing, Producer, Background Vocals
  • WepaMan – Guest Artist


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  7. ^ Cobo, Leila (2005-07-06). "LAMC: What's It Worth? – Despite Changing Tastes and Sounds, The Latin American Alternative Music Conference Still Provides Necessary Outlet". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
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