Luis Raul Marrero (born January 23, 1974), better known as Funky, is a is a two times Latin Grammy Nominee rapper and songwriter from Puerto Rico. With six solo albums and multiple jobs as a producer, Funky is internationally recognized as one of the best interpreters of the Hip Hop & Reggaeton Cristiano genre. He has collaborated with renowned figures from the Christian Music scene, like Marcos Witt, Jesus Adrian Romero, KJ 52 among many others.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 23, 1974, Marrero was always a restless and passionate guy about music. While still very young and inexperienced, the disintegration of his family led to his parents separating. When he was 4, his mother, Miriam Cosme met Carlos Rios, whom Marrero considers a father.
"God has been good to me, I am blessed to have three fathers, I have a biological father, a foster father and I have one of the greatest fathers of all, God, my heavenly father, what more can I ask for?". During his time as a child he also spent some years in Costa Rica where he made friends and family in God and they remain friends up to this date.
His quest led him to dabble in the art of music when he was fifteen years old, being greatly influenced by fellow Puerto Rican Vico C, with whom he would later work with on one of his six future albums. At sixteen years of age he became a husband and a father, which led him to make all sorts of sacrifices to push his family forward.
In 1997, he met Vico C, with whom he established a friendship and a business. United they worked on one of the most successful albums of the famous singer at the time, it was a very important stage in the life of Funky. In 1998, after several marital crises and just on the verge of losing his wife and family, Funky had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, which gave his life a new direction.
In 1999 he decided to found his own label Funkytown Music, the same year his production launched Triple Seven's "Diferente" in which developed his work as a producer.
In 2001, Funky collaborated as a producer on the album "Realidades" by Manny Montes also singing on one of the songs. That same year and as a result of the fruits of his experience with Jesus, came his first job as a singer and producer, "Funkytown", that was a success in the Christian environment. The media in his country, Puerto Rico, and also the international media gave it a great reception, immediately becoming one of the favorites among young listeners. With less than a year in the environment of the Christian music, 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 genre groups were featured, some with history and some presenting their debut, and to form an album with a strong impact and a positive message.
In 2005 Funky gets his first live production: "Funky Live|Live! En vivo desde Costa Rica", which cemented his role as leader of the worldwide Christian reggaeton that year and he launched the production Vide Nueva|Vida Nueva which involved some of the greatest artist 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 in 17 days and performed over 25 concerts in Mexico, visited Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama and United States, among other places.
Between 2006 and 2007 Funky launched production Corriendo Para Ganar which would be his third solo album and his sixth overall, this production made a strong impact on youth because of the great message of his lyrics for reflection, and motivation.
Funky currently resides in Orlando, Florida, with his wife and children, Luis Jr (19), Jorge (18), and Karla (16), and from where he directs the offices of Funkytown Music Inc. and produces his own albums and those of various Christian singers of the reggaeton genre.
The year 2008 for Funky was described as "a year of great challenges and dreams." That year he made his tour "Total Access Tour" where he visited many countries in Latin America and many United States cities.
Funky announced that 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 is 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.Redimi2