|Birth name||Israel Perales Ortiz|
|Born||September 2, 1972|
Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, U.S.
|Died||July 23, 2015 42) (aged|
Manatí, Puerto Rico, U.S.
|Years active||Early 1990s–2010|
Israel Perales Ortiz (September 2, 1972 – July 23, 2015) better known in the music world as Mexicano 777, was a Puerto Rican rapper who gained fame across Latin America,and in the United States. Mexicano 777 was from Caguas, Puerto Rico, and was considered to be one of the pioneers of Latin hip hop and reggaeton.
Latin America is a group of countries and dependencies in the Western Hemisphere where Romance languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, and French are predominantly spoken; it is broader than the terms Ibero-America or Hispanic America. The term "Latin America" was first used in an 1856 conference with the title "Initiative of the America. Idea for a Federal Congress of the Republics", by the Chilean politician Francisco Bilbao. The term was used also by Napoleon III's French government in the 1860s as Amérique latine to consider French-speaking territories in the Americas, along with the larger group of countries where Spanish and Portuguese languages prevailed, including the Spanish-speaking portions of the United States Today, areas of Canada and the United States where Spanish, Portuguese and French are predominant are typically not included in definitions of Latin America.
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Perales Ortiz adopted the artistic nickname "Mexicano 777" to honor his step-father, who is Mexican.
Mexicano 777 began his musical career during the early 1990s, alongside such artists as DJ Playero and DJ Adam. During this time, hip-hop in Puerto Rico was at a popular high, and artists from this era included him, Vico C, Ruben DJ, Eddie Dee, Don Chezina, Big Boy, and MC Ceja.
Pedro Gerardo Torruelas, better known as DJ Playero, was a key figure in the dissemination of reggaeton during its formative period in the 1990s in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Beginning in the early 1990s, he produced a series of mixtapes that synthesized hip-hop and reggae rhythms with Spanish-language freestyling. These tapes circulated around the barrios of San Juan and were highly influential upon the generation that would go on to define reggaeton in the coming decade. For instance, Daddy Yankee got his start with DJ Playero, debuting on the mixtape Playero 34, which was recorded in a small studio in one of Puerto Rico's caseríos and was originally released in 1991. DJ Playero was an aspiring producer at the time, with credits including work on the seminal compilation Dancehall Reggaespañol, in addition to production work with The Pioneer Lisa M and 3-2 Get Funky, Ranking Stone, Wiso G, and Wendellman. During the late 1990s, as the proto-reggaeton style began to grow popular thanks to 'The Noise', a club-based collective that issued a long-running series of CDs, DJ Playero began reissuing his old mixtapes from the early to mid-'90s. He also recorded new ones, issuing them via BM Records as well. Playero en DVD: Su Trayectoria (2003) was the culmination of this activity, aiming to cement his legacy as one of the key reggaeton pioneers.
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In 1993, Perales Ortiz allegedly participated in an armed robbery of a Fajardo restaurant, in which he was accused of pulling a firearm on employees and taking off with $2,000 dollars in cash.
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On June 22, 1997, Mexicano 777 was at a discothèque when a shooting took place. He held 19 year old Laura Isabel Aponte Rivera on his hands and prayed before she was taken to a hospital, where she died of a gun shot to the head. Aponte Rivera's mother Myra Rivera credited Mexicano 777 with helping her see her daughter at the hospital before she died.
During 1998, Mexicano 777 released his first CD, named "Entre el Bien y el Mal" ("Between Good and Evil"). He was later named "Rap Artist of the Year" in Puerto Rico.In 1999, Mexicano 777 became involved in the so-called Fight of the Millennium boxing fight between Felix Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya, writing a song named "Triunfo del Milenio' ("Triumph of the Millennium"), which was played live before the bout.
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Mexicano 777's 2001 album, "God's Assassins" became a major musical and cultural hit. The album included 14 songs, including a collaboration, "Guerreros" ("Warriors") with another artist also known as "Mexicano 777", Mad Lion.
Also in 2001, he released "El Colmo de los Fujitivos" ("The Fugitives' Paradox"), which included "El Boricua Poeta" ("The Puerto Rican Poet")
A four-year hiatus followed "El Colmo de los Fujitivos" until, in 2005, Mexicano 777 released "Pa' La Kalle 1972-The Beginning" ("To The Streets 1972-The Beginning"), which was released under the Universal Music Latino label. On this CD, he had collaborations with Ivy Queen (on a major hit named "Madre No Llores"-"Mother, don't Cry") and with Arcángel & De La Ghetto (on "Im' a Murdera-Como Tiemblan"-Im a Murderer-See Them Shaking").
In 2009, Mexicano 777 returned to the music charts in Puerto Rico with "Septimo Elemento" ("Seventh Element"), which was followed by what would ultimately turn out to be his last release, 2010's "Un Comienzo Diferente" ("A Different Start"), featuring Daddy Yankee and Zicario, among others.
It was during 2010, that Mexicano 777 was initially diagnosed with tongue and throat cancer, which led to a hiatus (later retirement).
Early in 2013, Mexicano 777's pregnant daughter, 21-year-old Edith Noemi Perales Aguirre, was found by her 16-year-old brother, murdered. She had been reported as disappeared during September 2012. Late in September 2013, two Fajardo residing brothers were arrested by police on suspicion of her murder as well as those of two local men.
Mexicano 777, who was at a Hogares Crea rehabilitation center in Arecibo at the time, vowed to avenge his daughter's death and escaped the rehab center on May 22, but he was caught soon after and was sentenced to three years in jail to be spent at a jail in Bayamon. Mexicano 777 had been at Hogares Crea after being sentenced to three years of probation, charged with domestic abuse.
On June 1, 2015, Mexicano 777 was released after his sentence was reduced to only two years so he could spend the last few days with his parents. He moved to his father's house in Manati, where on July 23, he died from cancer.
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