Gabriel Mora Quintero may have skipped college classes, but on his debut album he made sure everyone knew school was in session.
At Primer DÃa de Clases (First day of school), artists such as Lunay, Farruko, Jhay Cortez, Mariah among others are in attendance, joining forces with Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and producer Mora, who released their very first album on February 5th.
The eclectic 16-track ensemble, powered by trap, slow-tempo reggaeton, tropical and nostalgic tunes, follows Mora’s debut on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart thanks to “Una Vez” with Bad Bunny from YHLQMDLG. The track debuted and peaked at No.18 on Hot Latin Songs chart (dated March 14, 2020) and No.17 on Latin Streaming Songs (same chart date).
“When I saw my name on the [Billboard] graphics, I honestly thought it was Photoshop, âsaid Mora Billboard. âI thought someone was playing with my feelings. It was weird because I never imagined it could happen, but it was a motivation and it kind of confirmed that I was on the right track.
A brain behind Bunny’s top charts and records (YHLQMDLG and El Ãltimo Tour del Mundo), Mora started producing tracks in 2015 with her cousin who was a producer in Puerto Rico. âWhen I graduated from high school I was like, ‘What am I going to do with my life? I went to college to study business administration, but two weeks later I was like, ‘This is not for me. “
So he skipped classes during his first semester and went to his cousin’s to see him produce. Before launching his own singing career by dropping tracks on SoundCloud, he produced songs for local rappers such as Eladio Carrion and Jon Z.
In 2018, he released his hit song “Que Habilidad”, which caught the attention of Noah Assad, manager of Bunny and CEO of independent label Rimas Entertainment. âSome of Benito’s friends were huge fans of the songs and this song that led me to Noah. Rimas reached out and after a month I was signed.
It was then that he began writing for Bad Bunny and other artists while working on Classes Day Starter on the side. “After YHLQMDLG was released that I thought, ‘OK, now I’m going to focus on my business.’ So I started recording my album about a year ago, and my vision was to create a set that would showcase my versatility. There is something for everyone out there.
Learn more about this week’s Latin artist on the climb below:
Name: Gabriel Mora Quintero
Major achievement: âI would say so that I can survive doing what I love the most and that through music I can help my family. Its important to me. I do what I love instead of doing something I would regret, like sitting in an office for 12 hours doing something that I wouldn’t be satisfied with.
Recommended song: âIt’s hard to choose just one song. If I picked just one, I would be lying to you. If I can, I suggest the fans listen to the whole album Classes Day Starter because each song has its own identity.
And after: âI’m a person who takes it one day at a time. And even more so now with the pandemic because you don’t know what can happen. If it were up to me, I would tour the world and serenade my fans. For now, I will continue to make music. I released my album on a Friday and on Sunday I was back in the studio. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t stop. I can not stop.