|Intro||Puerto Rican rapper, singer and record producer|
United States of America
|Birth||4 September 1979, Carolina, USA|
Héctor Luis Delgado Román is a Puerto Rican rapper, singer and record producer, formerly known by his stage names Héctor “El Father” and Hector “El Bambino”. After retirement, he obtained a degree in Theology at the Southern Methodist University and dedicated his life to preaching the Christian faith in his homeland of Puerto Rico. He announced his retirement in 2008, but his series of Farewell Concerts went until May 2010. He rose to fame as a member of the duo Héctor & Tito. As a producer Delgado has worked with several reggaeton producers, as well as Emilio Estefan.
Hector joined Efraín Fines Nevares (later known as Tito El Bambino) and formed the duo Héctor & Tito (“Los Bambinos”). Héctor & 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 reggaeton 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 reggaeton 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.
In 2004, 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 reggaeton artists such as Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Trebol Clan, Divino, Zion and the duo Alexis & 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 & Tito, was one of the most air played songs in this Spanish territory.
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 Los Rompe Discotekas featured top of the line artists both from United States hip-hop and Spanish reggaeton music industries.
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.
On September 16, 2005, he presented two sold-out concerts titled The Bad Boy in Puerto Rico with artists like Wisin & Yandel, Alexis & 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.
In 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.
“Harlem Shake” controversy
It was confirmed by Delgado, that an audio clip from a remix called “Los terroristas”, with the line “Con Los Terroristas” was used uncredited in the opening of Baauer’s “Harlem Shake”, which became a viral internet sensation in February 2013. Baauer had referred to the voice in the opening of his song, as “The dude in the beginning I got somewhere off the Internet, I don’t even know where” in an earlier interview. Delgado told WAPA-TV’s Lo Sé Todo that he was working with his lawyers and that he plans to meet with them next week to discuss next steps.
Diplo, head of Mad Decent and frontman of dancehall group Major Lazer helped settle the legal dispute in April 2013.
Delgado retired in 2008 is now a Christian pastor and a biopic called “You Will Know the Truth” about his life was released in select theaters in 2018. Contemporary reggaeton artist, Daddy Yankee, attended the film’s premier showing. In 2018, Bad Bunny did a remix of Héctor el Father’s Vamos Pa La Calle (Let’s go to the street).
- 2006: The Bad Boy
- 2008: El Juicio Final
- TBA: La Hora Cero
- 2007: Bad Boy: The Concert
- 2002: The Godfather
- 2004: Los Anormales
- 2005: Sangre Nueva
- 2005: Gold Star Music: Reggaeton Hits
- 2006: Los Rompe Discotekas
- 2007: El Rompe Discoteka: The Mix Album
- 2007: The Bad Boy: The Most Wanted Edition
- 2008: Mi Trayectoria
- 2018: Cuando Los Raperos Lloran