Calle 13 is a band of urban music of Puerto Rico, led by René Pérez Joglar, ( resident) , and his brother Eduardo Cabra Martínez ( away) . René is a writer and vocalist, and Eduardo is a composer, musical director and multi-instrumentalist (piano, melodica, electric guitars, etc.). His sister Ileana Cabra Joglar ( PG-13) , is the female voice of the group. The Resident and Visitor nicknames come from the identification they had to give the security guard to enter his house, located on 13th Street, in a neighborhood of Trujillo Alto, a town in the metropolitan area of San Juan. As for PG-13, was one suggested by one of his cousins, meaning that she was underage when she started singing with the group.
Calle 13 does not belong to any specific genre. Since its inception have sought to pigeonhole into reggaeton, hip-hop, rock, urban-alternative, among others. However, the band is known for being eclectic, often using a variety of musical influences and imaginative mergers that have defined his unique style. So much so that it is used as the icon when you want to refer to groups that are experimenting with different genres in the way they do, defined as the 'Street style 13'.
In his work one can see influences from rock, rap, ska, merengue, bossa-nova, Balkan music, Latin American folklore, Colombian cumbia, cumbia villera of Argentina, Uruguayan candombe, salsa, afro-beat, and many more. The band is also known for his striking letters that intertwine satire, black humor, and sometimes social messages. Through their art, transmit a speech covering versatile and universal themes about love, sex, religion, aspirations and consciousness.
The band has won a total of 19 Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammy Awards, breaking the record of awards won in the history of the Latin Grammy Awards.