Allow me to take you on a journey through time and space, whisking you back to the far-flung shores of the summer of 2004.
You remember that summer. The Olympics returned to Athens, where a Chinese dude whose name is almost Liu Kang won gold in the 110-meter hurdles. Cheikh Samb(notes) signed a multi-year contract to play in Spain. Will Ferrell was Ron Burgundy, Will Leitch was Deadspin and will.i.am hadn't yet begun experimenting with hologram technology or backseat recording sessions with MC Hammer.
Most importantly, thanks to N.O.R.E. and Daddy Yankee, it was all soundtracked by reggaeton. It was a simpler time, filled with undulating bass tracks and Spanish yelling. And renowned slapboxer Carlos Arroyo(notes) wants to bring us back there, sports fans.
School us to el juego, SunSentinel.com's The Business of Sports blog:
Returning Miami Heat guard Carlos Arroyo has his own theme music accompaniment at AmericanAirlines Arena — El Gran Combo's "Fiesta de Pilito.
Now he has a new single out with reggaeton recording artist and fellow Puerto Rican, Yomo. You can listen to the song called "Se va Conmigo" ("She comes with me") ... and purchase it at iTunes.
You can also watch a photo shoot of the pair here.
(You should totally watch the video of that photo shoot, by the way, and here's why: Because you definitely have four minutes to waste, because it's adorable to watch Yomo try to palm a basketball, because Carlos Arroyo's white suspenders seem to serve no structural purpose, and because that little kid kicking his leg through a hanger really knows how to have a good time.)
It's nice to see that Arroyo's continuing the music career he launched last offseason; even though "Se Va Conmigo" isn't necessarily my brand of vodka, he definitely sounds less heinous ‘neath auto-tons of AutoTune than DeJuan Blair. Then again, DeJuan Blair(notes) has a super-dope ursine nickname, whereas the best Arroyo can do outside of the ho-hum "Carlito" is assert on his "official" MySpace page (which claims he's 35 years old) that people call him "The New Maestro." So maybe this is a wash.
Arroyo reportedly debuted the new single at his recent 31st birthday party (y'know, the right age) at a swank hotel in his native Puerto Rico. According to Latin portal Terra.com's celebrity gossip site, guests at the shindig included Carmelo Anthony(notes), Jose Juan Barea(notes) and Arroyo's cousin, Academy Award-winning actor Benicio del Toro.
Sounds like a pretty rockin' good time, not to mention a stunning gene pool — I was unaware that Carlos Arroyo was related to the man referred to in his IMDB mini-bio as "one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years," and I find this news thrilling.
Hat-tip to InsideHoops.