Rapper Mozart La Para grew up on the outskirts of Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic on a diet of classic Reggae en Español, and by the age of 12 had developed a knack for freestyling.
Taking the skills he'd established, La Para entered local freestyle battles and eventually would become a regular finalist in the Batalla de los Gallos. While most of his contemporaries were embracing dembow and tropical pop, La Para continued to develop his Latin hip-hop sound. He released a number of singles in 2013, including Mi Angelito Favorito and En Para Everybody, and the following year he dropped more tracks, including the Billboard tropical-charting Pa' Gozar. Although La Para's profile had exploded within the Latin music world, he started to make waves in the U.S. the following year with more Billboard-charting releases. By 2016 he'd released the movie Pueto Pa' Mi -- which was based on his life -- and dropped the trap-influenced single Primero Que Kanye. Catching the attention of Roc Nation
's Romeo Santos
, La Para was signed to the label's Latin division in 2016. His first release for the label, Fiesta y Vacilón, appeared at the beginning of 2017, with the follow-up, El Orden, coming a few months later. ~ Rich Wilson, Rovi