On Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Producers chart for 2019, the two forces behind the label Hear This Music sit among the top four spots. At No. 3 is the duo Edgar and Xavier Semper, who are also known as the Mambo Kingz, and one spot below them is their collaborator Luian Malavé Nieves, a.k.a DJ Luian. The Puerto Rican team is not only responsible for some of the biggest hits in Latin music in 2019 but also in the past five years. DJ Luian looked back with Remezcla on a few of the most important songs to come from Hear This Music.
“It’s been like 15 years since I’ve known them,” DJ Luian says of the Mambo Kingz. “We have always maintained a beautiful relationship. It was like 3 years ago that we sat down and said, ‘We have to work together because together we can achieve more things.’” Their label Hear This Music was born soon after, which helped popularize Latin trap music.
Of just about any superstar in música urbana that you can think of, most likely DJ Luian and the Mambo Kingz have already recorded with them. “In Latin music, I’ve collaborated with all the people that I’ve wanted to work with,” Luian says. “Thanks to God that I have a good relationship with all of them.”
One of the biggest stars in Latin music today, Bad Bunny, was discovered by DJ Luian and the Mambo Kingz. Why they chose to give him a chance, DJ Luian says, “He had something unique and had a different look. Music in that moment lacked someone like him.” Even though he parted ways with them in late 2018, DJ Luian adds, “We achieved together what we achieved, which was to create music.”
DJ Luian and Mambo Kingz are still steadily releasing all-star collaborations. Their most recent is “Música” with fellow Puerto Rican acts Farruko, Myke Towers, Darell, Arcángel and Wisin. After working with Drake and Cardi B, DJ Luian hopes to court more English-language acts as well. “I would love to work with Rihanna and The Weeknd,” he says.