La Leyenda del Dembow
Emanuel Herrera Batista, better known as El Alfa El Jefe (or simply as "El Alfa" or "the Boss"), is an influential, charting Dominican rapper. He is regarded in his home country as one of the most influential dembow (a Dominican hybrid of dancehall and reggaeton) artists. Since 2012, he has issued more than three-dozen digital singles and videos, including the early hits "Muevete Jevi" and "Tarzan." His YouTube videos have garnered hundreds of millions of views. Using his thin, gritty voice in syncopated phrasing, his trademark rapid-fire rhymes are regarded by fans as being as infectious as his beats. His recordings are staples on Latin urban stations across the U.S. and Caribbean; he has been a featured performer on WSKQ-FM (Mega 97.9), has sold out Madison Square Garden revues, and collaborated with artists ranging from Farruko to Cardi B to Bryant Myers. His albums El Hombre (2018) and El Androide (2020) both made the Top Ten on the Billboard Latin chart. In 2022, El Alfa delivered two Top 30 Latin albums, the stylistically adventurous Sabiduria and the dembow-focused Sagitario.