Prince Royce Ascends the Throne
Here at Rhapsody we've eagerly tracked what below we dub "The Latin-R&B Connection," wherein young, mega-talented, absurdly amorous Spanish-speaking lotharios freely mix bachata, hip-hop, funk, soul, schmaltz and whatever else they're digging into a stew of sweet sentimentality and boudoir salaciousness. Bachata kings Aventura (and more recently, their solo-stardom-seeking lead singer, Romeo Santos) struck first blood here, but this week we welcome another key player: New York City's own Prince Royce, whose sophomore full-length, Phase II, flits effortlessly between countries, genres, and phases of seduction. Below, we take a deep dive into the record, dig into that beloved Latin-R&B continuum, shake Aventura's family tree, and so much more. Enjoy.