El Chacal 
Reggaeton artist

Born in 1986 in the city of Havana, Ramon Lavado Martinez, alias El Chacal, is an unmistakable product of the Cuban music scene of the 1990s —the decade he grew up in. At an early age, El Chacal began to get involved in the blooming hip-hop scene of the island, and soon became one of its most prolific young talents. His multiple skills and incredible intensity quickly earned him a strong fan base.

In 2003, he stopped his studies to focus on his professional career by forming his own band, Los Chivos, with fellow Cuban rapper Señor Rodriguez. After three years of extensive touring, Martinez was asked by the famous Cubaton musician Baby Lores to replace his friend Insurrecto in the band Clan 537.

With the band, Martinez instantly became one of the major players of the Cubaton movement, with popular songs like Ella Se Va De Control and Chica Modelo contributing to their success. Always looking to the future, El Chacal used the position to familiarize himself with the music industry. "That's where I learned everything I needed to launch my own career", he recalls. His numerous successful collaborations with some of the greatest artists of the scene, like Eddy K and Yulien Oviedo gave him the confidence to branch out as a solo artist in 2009.

That same year Hitow Entertainment signed him, where he quickly put out his first solo album Reporte. His sophomore album, El Clave followed in 2011. Featuring crictically acclaimed songs such as Masi, La Corrupcion and No Te Vayas, the album cemented Martinez's reputation as one of the most renowned artists of the Cubaton movement.

Martinez consciously refuses to let this international success go to his head. Deeply attached to his boyhood neighborhood, he makes sure to stay as close as he can to his roots. This strong connection for his birthplace is most notably detected in his song La Habana. "Here, people love me, respect me. I grew up here, so people always see me as a kid, not as El Chacal, and that's what I find so great about it -I can be myself," he explains.