I want to like this song so much, I really do. But this song is more about the idealized La Perla than the real barrio. I really wish the residents of La Perla would take their barrio back from the cacos and maleantes that make it such a dangerous and horrible stain on Puerto Rico and Old San Juan. Maybe then this song will actually serve as a sort of hymn.
Better the more positive idealization of La Perla and it’s residents in this song then the violent, negative caricature that comes from a lot of Reggatoneros. Neither of these artists are from La Perla (or any other place like it) but they have often made music that is about a little more then the usual rap and pop cliches.
Yeah, but it presents a wrong impression of La Perla. Or TOO idealized, IMO. I drive by the place as fast as I can because it’s just not a good place to be. There are some honest and good people there, but too much criminality as well, and a song ain’t gonna fix that. It might help, though, which is why I like the song: it might present a model for people to shoot (no pun intended) for.
As for Regetoneros, I tend to ignore them as much as I can.