EXCLUSIVE: Farruko On Christmas, Growing up in Puerto Rico & Dream Collaborations

Carlos Efrén Reyes Rosado, better known as Farruko, was born on May 2, 1991 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. The 22-year-old reggaeton star has worked with the likes of Don Omar and Jose Feliciano, and in 2012, he was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Music Album.

Farruko stopped by to talk to us about his upcoming album, favorite Christmas memory, what it was like growing up in Puerto Rico, his dream collaborations and more!

Catch our entire interview with Farruko below:

So we noticed another name you go by: TMPR (The Most Powerful Rookie). How did you get that nickname?

The fans.

The holidays are coming up. What are your Christmas/New Years plans?

Promotion for my single “Besas Tan Bien.” This is the single off my new album. It’s a dance song with a Jamaican and reggaeton fusion. It’s great for the people and my fans; they’re super crazy into this music.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Seeing my family in PR and eating the ethic Puerto Rican, Latin food.

What's your favorite holiday dish?

Rice, beans and pork.

Are you able to cook it, or can no one do it better than your mami or abuela?

No, the cooking is not for me.

What was Puerto Rico like growing up?

Great! My dad and my mom gave us a great education. My family is very close and this is the most important for my life and my career; my family is the center of my world.

Do you have a favorite Christmas childhood memory?

When I was four, my dad gave me a Power Wheel. It was my first car and I loved it. That’s one gift I’ll remember for all my life.

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