Cauty is the performance name of charting urbano singer, songwriter, rapper, and producer Christian Mojica Blanco. His slippery use of trap rhythms, which crisscross reggaeton, hip-hop, pop, and tropical styles registered a slew of hit tracks, including the 2018 smash video singles "Ta to Gucci" (feat. Rafa Pabón), and its remix, featuring Rafa Pabön, Brytiago, Cosculluela, Darell, and Chencho Corleone. Combined, the videos registered over 140 million views. Cauty began his career as a producer who built regional success at home before becoming a recording artist of international stature. His smooth, reedy baritone and canny rhythm tracks resulted in subsequent hits, including 2019's "Lola" —its video registered a million views during its first four days of release.
Cauty was born in Caugas, Puerto Rico in 1994. His earliest interest was sports, and he was a gifted athlete. He started listening to salsa with his parents, and his idol was Hector Lavoe. As he grew older he came under the sway of popular reggaetoñeros such as Héctor el Father, Daddy Yankee, and Don Omar, but it was not until he heard modern reggaetoñeros and trap hitmakers such as Farruko and Arcángel that his curiosity was sufficiently aroused to begin making his own music. He started writing songs in secret in his school notebooks and researching the internet to learn how to produce. At 15, when he began acting on his lifelong fascination with music, he was already an all-star high school basketball player. He told his parents he wanted to pursue music as a career and wanted to build a home studio. Encouraged by his father, he was met by caution from his mother. He persevered in school and won a collegiate basketball scholarship from the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey, where he earned a bacholer's degree in Physical Education. At age 19, in 2013, Cauty met hometown producer Cris Omar, who helmed his first single, "La Cafreria," a regional hit. The singer began building his own recording studio where he abandoned himself to long periods of solitude developing his innovative rhythmic style. He also signed to Omar's Hit Level Productions and released three more tracks to social media — "Sabes Las Reglas," "Te Hablo Claro," and "Nos Conviene" — in 2014. By 2015, he was obsessively making tracks, holing up in his studio for weeks at a time, collaborating with other artists, and performing live. Over the next two years, Cauty and Omar issued a handful of successful club singles including "El Truco" (feat. Brray and Joyce Santana), "A Detal," and "El Chinguer."
While the songs resonated on Puerto Rican radio, it wasn't until 2018 that he got his break, signing with Takeover & Limitless Records and issuing the single "Ta Tto Gucci" (feat. Rafa Pabón). The track broke on YouTube, then on streaming services at large. Radio picked up on the song, and it became a bona fide hit, inspiring the star-studded remix six months later that charted even higher. From December of 2018 through April of the following year, Cauty issued no less than eight singles/videos, including "Con Su Amiga," "Coqueto," and "Adi." They all charted. He also made a slew of guest and collaborative appearances on others' recordings including Rauw Alejandro's "Borrarte" and Lyanno's "Casualidad." In early 2019, he was a featured collaborator on Juanka's "Que Rico," and in April he dropped his own smash "Lola," whose video garnered a million views in four days and almost three million during its first two months; it also spent four weeks on the Hot Latin Songs and Latin Rhythm Tracks charts. ~ Thom Jurek