Luis Raul Marrero (born January 23, 1974), better known as Funky, is a two-time Latin Grammy Nominee rapper and songwriter from Puerto Rico. With six solo albums and multiple jobs as a producer, Funky is internationally recognized as a Hip Hop & Reggaeton Cristiano artist. He has collaborated with renowned figures from the Christian Music scene, such as Marcos Witt, Jesus Adrian Romero, KJ 52 among many others.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 23, 1974. His parents separated when he was young. When he was 4, his mother, Miriam Cosme, met Carlos Rios, whom Marrero considers a father. During his time as a child, Marrero spent some years in Costa Rica, developing strong Christian friendships that followed him in adulthood.
He began to explore music at age 15 under the influence of Puerto Rican Vico C, with whom he would later work on one of his six albums. He became a husband and father at age 16, which significantly altered his life's priorities.
In 1997, he met Vico C, with whom he established a friendship and a business. They collaborated on an album, marking an important stride in Marrero's musical career.
In 1998, after several marital crises with his wife and family, Funky became a Christian, which changed life significantly.
In 1999, he founded his own label Funkytown Music, the same year his production launched Triple Seven's "Diferente" in which gained experience as a producer.
In 2001, Funky collaborated as a producer on the album "Realidades" by Manny Montes, and also sang in one of the songs. That same year he had his first success as a singer and producer in the Christian music scene: "Funkytown",. The media in his native Puerto Rico as well as the international media, gave it a great reception, as it immediately became one of the favorites among young listeners. With less than a year in the Christian music world, Funky received a nomination to the Grammy Latino in 2003.
"Especie en peligro (álbum)|Especie En Peligro", album produced in 2002, Funky consolidated the position as a musical influence of the Christian youth. With this album, Funky acquired several nominations and awards: Premios ARPA (México, 2003 y 2004), Premios LA Conquista (California, 2004), Premio Integridad.com (2004) y Premios La Gente, (California, 2004), entre otros.
In 2004, Funky launched production Funky: Los vencedores|Los Vencedores where together more than 15 artists and exponents of the genres were featured, some with established reputations and some making their debut, to form an album with a strong impact and a positive message.
In 2005, Funky starred in his first live production: "Funky Live|Live! En vivo desde Costa Rica", which cemented his influence in the worldwide Christian reggaeton music genre that year. He then launched the production Vide Nueva|Vida Nueva, which involved some of the most well-known artists of the genre such as: Manny Montes, Triple Seven, Alex Zurdo, Quest, Dr. P., Sammy, among others.
In 2006, he made his first trip to Europe, touring for 17 days and performing over 25 concerts in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama and United States, among other places.
Between 2006 and 2007, Funky launched the production Corriendo Para Ganar, his third solo album and his sixth overall.
Funky currently resides in Orlando, Florida, with his wife and children, Luis Jr (19), Jorge (18), and Karla (16). From there, he runs Funkytown Music Inc., producing his own albums and those of various Christian singers of the reggaeton genre.
In 2008, a year described as "a year of great challenges and dreams," he made his tour "Total Access Tour" where he visited many countries in Latin America and many United States cities.
Funky announced a new project entitled "Flow Sinfónico," which displays a live soundtrack, accompanied by strings and horn arrangements.
In the year 2009, Funky made the tour "Conectado (Plugged-in) World Tour," which was based on the importance of the connection with our Heavenly Father, the starting place was the town of Viceroy Del Pino, Buenos Aires, a Province of Argentina on Friday, May 8.
Funky also collaborated with American Christian rapper KJ-52 on a song title "Fuego" from KJ-52's album Five-Two Television and a music video has been filmed in Atlanta.
In February 2010, Funky released a new song titled, "Hoy", served to be as his first single from his new 2011 CD "Reset".
In April 2010, Funky released another new song titled, "Corazones Puro," served to be his second single from his new 2011 CD "Reset." Funky then in 2011 was nominated for a Latin Grammy for his CD Reset. In January 2011, after a long wait Funky released his latest 15 track CD titled "Reset". In May 2013 Funky Released His 12 Track CD Titled Mas Feat.Redimi2Make Funk Playlist