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Puerto Rican rapper Tego Calderón is nicknamed "El Abayarde," referring to a ghetto on the island of Dominican Republic. Calderón's 2003 album "El Abayarde" made him a major Latin star. In addition to Latin rap, Calderón's also made songs that are considered "pure" reggae, like his hit 2006 single "Chillin'." Calderón has received a Source Award from The Source Magazine for International Artist of the Year, as well as a Tu Música award. The artist has also received several awards nomination, including a Latin Grammy, Billboard Award, Premios Lo Nuestro and Premios La Gente.