"Before Daddy Yankee became the poster child for radio reggaeton and Don Omar the king of reggaeton romantico, it was el Negro Calde’s socially conscious and hip-hop storytelling that carried the bubbling genre into the mainstream and across international borders."
Venessa Marco, Writer & Educator, Santurce, Puerto Rico
"Tego Calderón’s El Abayarde put so many parts of our culture at the forefront: our Blackness, our style, our slang, and even our love for other genres."
Xiomara “Bembona” Henry, Brooklyn, New York
"It’s an album brimming with negrura and what it means to enthusiastically stand in your own skin as a Black caribeño and a Black Puerto Rican."
Monique “DJ Agent DMZ” Suarez, Salinas, Puerto Rico
"With El Abayarde, Tego centered the soul of reggaeton."
Ser Álida, MFA Candidate in Fiction, University of Mississippi
"El Abayarde, at the end of the day, is hip-hop."