With a reedy baritone and slippery freestyle delivery, charting urbano rapper and singer Eladio Carrión exploded on the Puerto Rican scene in 2016 with his debut video single "Me Enamoré de una Yal." It caught radio programmers and music critics off guard but was welcomed by other artists due to his unique sense of beatcraft, hooky writing style, and comic method for creating videos. He has issued numerous videos and collaborations with everyone, including Jon Z (in a wonderfully sultry, atmospheric Spanish remix of Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road") and contributed the hit video for "Sigue Bailandome," which racked up over 64 million views and spent over 120 days on the Latin Rhythm charts.
Carrión was born in Kansas in a military family. Before he was 11, he spent time not only there but in Alaska and Baltimore before moving permanently to Puerto Rico. As a teen he dove deep into social media networks where he posted a wealth of popular comic homemade videos and composed songs for other artists. Before recording on his own, he made "2 × 2" with Flowsito, and "No Quiero Más Amigos" with Rawlenz. When he debuted "Me Enamoré de una Yal," the first people to embrace it were other reggaetoneros who talked it up on their own social media pages, getting it before the public. He followed it up almost immediately with "Si Tú Te Vas, Mi Cubana," "Culpable," and "Ave María." Based on their popularity, he spent the next two years being solicited for guest spots on tracks by Big Soto, Randy, Zion, Darkiel, Myke Towers, Rauw Alejandro, Noriel, and many others. He was regarded by other urbanos as an established stylist in Latin trap. His 2018 collaboration on the video for "Sigue Bailandome" with Yann C, Darkiel, and Myke Towers put him over the top, making him one of the most in-demand Latin rappers. "Mi Error," with Zion, racked up a Top 20 chart position and over 33 million YouTube views. Other streaming hits from the period included "Candela" with Ecko, the smash party anthem "Animal" with Myers, and the smash "Kemba Walker" with Bad Bunny. ~ Thom Jurek