LA CALLE 13: BIOGRAPHY, MUSIC, VIDEOS, MP3, FOTOS.
* Residente (born as René Pérez on February 23, 1978 in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico) is the lead singer. Despite his rebel, slacker veneer, Residente has achieved a degree in arts and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Computer Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia. Pérez has also studied cinematography and photography, and uses his experience to assist with the treatments and direction of all Calle 13 music videos.
He chose the name Residente because that's how he had to identify himself ("resident") to the security guard at the access control point at his home in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, something he considered a minor annoyance.
He bears eight tattoos on his arms, chest and neck.
Among them the names of his siblings, a portrait of his mother, the word "Acuarela" (watercolor), and paintings by Basquiat, Matisse and the puertorrican artist Raven Dranat Díaz Calderón. He also has several piercings, and his head is almost always partially shaven or decorated to display elaborate designs.
* Visitante (born as Eduardo José Cabra Martínez on September 10, 1978 in Santurce, Puerto Rico) is the pianist and vocalist. He also has a degree in arts and paints regularly. He chose the name Visitante because that's how he had to identify ("visitor") whenever he went to visit his half-brother, René, at his home in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico (see above.) He has fewer tattoos and piercings than René, and typically has long hair and a beard.
Calle 13 is a three-time Latin Grammy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated Puerto Rican hip hop and alternative-reggaeton duo formed by step-brothers who call themselves Residente (lead singer, writer) and Visitante (keyboards, vocals, writer, beat producer). Their sister Ileana (aka PG-13) has contributed the female vocals to some of their songs, and so has Residente's mother, Puerto Rican actress Flor Joglar de Gracia (on the single "Tango del Pecado")
Residente and Visitante come from a family with strong ties to the Puerto Rican arts community. Residente's mother, Flor Joglar, was an actress for "Teatro del Sesenta", a renowned local acting troupe; their mutual father is a lawyer, but at one time was a painter.
When they were children, Eduardo would visit his brother at the Calle 13 (13th. Street) of the El Conquistador subsection of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico every week. The pair named themselves Calle 13 after the street where their house sits in.
Residente originally studied to be an accountant, and his brother finished a computer science degree. However, neither of them felt happy with their career choices. An art course prompted Residente to pursue a career as a multimedia designer, and Visitante became a full-time musician and producer. Besides this, Residente was a die-hard fan of what was then called "underground rap" in Puerto Rico, and started earning a reputation as a lyricist. Meanwhile, Visitante participated in a rock group called Bayanga and a Brazilian batucada group.
After Residente finished studying in Georgia and returned to Puerto Rico, both of them started working in their music. They claim they initially did it as a joke, but they still managed to get some of their songs heard around.
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