Merengue de calle, Mambo, Merengue Urbano or just Merengue from the Street. Whatever you call it is the newest form of Dominican music to hit the airwaves and streets alike. Even if it does not sound anything like the mambo people are accustomed to. This style of music is fast gaining popularity. It is now a Dominican music staple. Even if you do not like it, since it can be heard almost everywhere in Dominican Republic, you will soon be singing along to the catchy lyrics even if you don't completely understand the words.
Merengue de Calle has some really fast tempos which, if you are not an avid dancer, can wear you out after just half a song. Many of the rap-style lyrics are a bit harsh and sometimes just plain raunchy. The slang used in the lyrics is 100% Dominican barrio talk. This style has the beats and rhythms of Caribbean styles with some mambo, reggaeton, merengue and bachata all mixed in for a very original, fast paced sound. This is the new music of the younger (and many older) Dominicans.