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Boy Wonder

Multi-platinum and award winning music & film producer, Manuel Alejandro Ruiz, is a visionary that has been recognized as a pioneer in the rise of Latin Urban music.  Better known to his friends and fans as Boy Wonder “Chosen Few”, he still remains at the forefront of the genre. Developing a style that was influenced by a variety of music ranging from the traditional “Merengue” of Dominican Republic to The Beatles, Michael Jackson and most of all Hip-Hop, Boy Wonder saw Latin Urban music as the perfect avenue to showcase his talent.  After a trip to Dominican Republic in 1999, he started his own production company, Chosen Few Emerald Entertainment, in hopes to take the Latin Urban genre to new levels. As CEO & executive producer of Chosen Few Emerald Entertainment, Boy Wonder has indeed brought Latin Urban music to new heights and put Chosen Few Emerald Entertainment on the map as a powerhouse within the industry.  He produced a trilogy of CD/DVD projects that gave the genre the mainstream visibility it deserved.  Chosen Few: El Documental, brought audiences to the core of the underground movement giving them an overall sense of the culture with footage of packed concert halls, insightful interviews, and much more.
 It went double platinum and spent months in the Top 5 of Billboard’s Latin sales chart.  In 2006, he released Chosen Few: El Documental II, which captured the rise of Latin Urban second generation and in 2008 he released the final chapter of the trilogy Chosen Few III: “The Movie”. Boy Wonder is the man behind the production of the monumental single “Reggaeton Latino” (Chosen Few Remix) featuring Fat Joe, N.O.R.E., LDA and Don  Omar, one of the biggest Reggaeton/ Latin Urban crossover tracks in history.  It spent 44 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts, became RIAA certified Double Platinum, and won Billboard’s “Latin Compilation of the Year.” Boy also took Plan B’s “Frikitona” and gave it a major hip-hop twist by adding Trick Daddy and Trina to the track; a combination many might find unusual, but proved to work well. 

The collaboration was a display of Boy’s extraordinary ability to bridge the worlds of Latin Urban music with Hip-Hop successfully, a feat most had deemed impossible. In addition, he has worked with Grammy-award winning and living legend Alejandro Sanz, transforming “A La Primera Persona”, a top 5 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart, into a groundbreaking Reggaeton record that featured Reychesta Secret Weapon. Another amazing international hit remix produced by Boy Wonder, is “Mi Alma Se Muere” (Remix) featuring Fuego, Pitbull and Omega.  The track, which received tremendous radio spins nationally, spent over 24 weeks on the Billboard charts.The remixes of “Reggaeton Latino”, “Frikitona”, “A La Primera Persona” and “Mi Alma Se Muere” were also found on Boy Wonder’s Chosen Few Remix Classico’s, which debuted March 24, 2009 through One Records, the all-star compilation featured the likes of Rakim y Ken-Y, Pitbull, Omega, Arcangel y De La Geto, Zion y Lennox, Angel Dose, Tempo, Joell Ortiz, as well as Chosen Few artists Fuego, LDA, Ghetto and Reychesta Secret Weapon and many more.

Boy Wonder’s most recent success has been his amazingly talented and diverse artist Fuego. Fuego is currently a rising star in the Latin Tropical/Urban genre. Fuego’s album “La Musica Del Futuro” debuted at #1 on i-Tunes and appeared on the Billboard top 10 charts at its debut and the weeks and months following. His biggest singles from that album include “Super Estrella” feat Omega, and the song phenomenon “Que Buena Tu Ta” which remains on the Billboard charts. Fuego has been featured on such esteemed shows as “Sabado Gigante,” and nominated and performed at the prestigious 2011 “Premios Lo Nuestro” and has appeared on “El Gordo y La Flaca, Mun2, MTV tr3s  just to name a few. Fuego has also performed around the world doing concerts, festivals, and club performances.

 Currently Fuego's music is in rotation on many radio and Television markets throughout the country and abroad. Fuego is currently heavily involved in the exciting expansion of the rising sound, Latin Urban Tropical Mambo and embarked on a national 12-city tour sponsored by Metro PCS. Fuegos debut album, aptly named La Musica Del Futuro; A CD/DVD combo which debuted in August 2010.

 Boy Wonders projects include Chosen Few Urbano “El Journey” the project that featured a DVD Documentary exploring the Latin Urban culture which which included top selling artists like, Pitbull, Plan B, Chino y Nacho, Omega, Cosculluela, De La Ghetto, Lucenzo, Juan Magan, J Alvarez, Dyland y Lenny, Farruko, Jowell y Randy, just to name a few with an accompanying soundtrack which debuted in 2012 as well as subsequent albums of CFU in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, NEW ALBUM coming in April 2018 CF “NEW GENERATION.” In 2017 Chosen Few’s Jon Z released his EP “JonTrapVolta” in November to rave reviews and great fanfare. The EP debuted at #1 on the Latin Rhythm charts and # 2 overall. In 2018 Chosen Few’s artists Jon Z and Ele A El Dominio released his EP “Super Saiyan Flow” in March to rave reviews and great fanfare. The EP debuted at #1 on iTunes Charts.   Working with emerging artists including Jon Z, Papi Wilo, Jenny La Sexy Voz” and up incomer Chiko Swagg.
 As one of the leaders for producing   innovative documentaries, musical remixes in the Latin Urban Genre and discovering and cultivating talent, Boy Wonder explains, “I love making music whether it be a new or remix. I love making good music. I also believe a remix can add a new flare and give a record in its own way. It can help turn a Hit into a Classic.


My Speakers Sessions

Friday, October 18

11:00am PDT