If you were born in the 90’s you know you heard it, and if you didn’t well here I am to bring it up once again. Recently I was watching one of those vh1 music shows online and well guess who popped up. The one and only Gerardo, which is famously known for his “Rico Suave” song that seemed to be a hit back in 1991. Even though, I grew up in a house that listened to classics by Celia Cruz, Tito Puentes, Ana Gabriela, and the ever so popular Juanga. When I think of the 90’s this song and the macarena come to mind.

Though, many women in the 90’s may have thought this Latin guy was hot, he really wasn’t all that different than many people. He had parents who were from Ecuador, and lived throughout his childhood in Glendale, Ca. If you have no clue who this guy is at this point check out the video below…..

What do you think people? I actually think Gerardo looked like my uncle Jose, but then again I wonder if most of America thought if this what Hispanic/Latin American were suppose to look like. Probably, not but even-though this guy made  name for himself by using his sex appeal we have to give him credit for other accomplishments he had.

Not only was he the mastermind behind the song above, but we have to give him credit for his appearance in the movie Colors. Gerardo was more than just a guy who flaunted his abs and made money, he had class. Well a certain type of class that made women adore him the 90’s.  When it comes to recent music could Gerardo compete and make a name for himself in this era of music?


About ocbarrios

Professor for Cal State Fullerton's Barrio Studies class for Fall 2011 semester

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