Label: Sony Music Latin
Crunk may be nearly dead, but Toby Love's much-(self-)vaunted hybrid "crunkchata" finally seems to have solidified into a genre of its own. Well, maybe not crunkchata so much as R&Bachata. Sure, in spots, the "blend" is little more than an English-language, hip-hop-infused bridge. But on cuts like "Eres Tu" and "Corazon," Love's weave is so seamless you'd swear R&B was born with that sexy stutter. It's Love's vocals that seal the deal, balancing a Michael Jackson-esque fragility with a bold, seductive confidence (that doesn't need quite so many self-aggrandizing shout-outs).