Ever since Rafael Vargas aka D.O.S.E aka Fulanito introduced his first international hit "Do What You Want" in 1989, he has been doing just that when it comes to his music and lyrics. While growing up in Washington Heights in New york City, D.O.S.E was influenced by all the great music and culture the 80's had to offer. As a teen living in a Dominican household and neighborhood,Merengue,Salsa and Spanish ballads were the sounds that dominated the airwaves at home and at family gatherings. Though disinterested in latin rhythms at the time, all that music his mother,aunts and uncles listened and danced too would later play a vital role in his career. But the sounds he really enjoyed and pumped in his boombox and walkman, were Freestyle, House music and HipHop artists like RunDmc , L.L Cool J, Eric B and Rakim, Mantronix and Boogie Down Productions.
Throughout his 20 plus years in the music biz, Rafael has enjoyed fusing all the different types of music genres he grew up listening too and making it his own. In 1990 he joined forces with D.J and Remixer Roger Pauletta and Cutting Records CEO Aldo Marin and formed a group called 2 In A Room. They put together a groundbreaking DanceHiphop album consisting of hits like "Do What You Want, She Got Me Going Crazy and Wiggle It (just a little bit)" just to name a few."Wiggle It" reached #1 on the dance Billboard charts and went to become one of the most successful singles of 1990 in addition to reaching Platnum and Gold status in the U.S and the rest of the world. Then in 1994,under the 2 In A Room name D.O.S.E teamed up with the super producing team of Danny and Victor Vargas (of Wepaman fame) and a friend from high school named Elvin Ovalles (Floodlight) and created the International Latin Hiphouse smash hit called "El Trago" from the "World Party" Album.
By 1995 Rafael partnered up with a Bronx producer and engineer named Winston Rosa and formed the 740 Boyz. Together they recorded the Gold selling worldwide dance classic titled "Shimmy Shake" that was brilliantly remixed by Mixmaster Constantino Padovano and led to many live performances in Russia and all throughout Europe, Africa and Mexico.
By the end of 1997,with a strong desire to tap into their Latin Roots, Winston and Dose produced the iconic "El Hombre Mas Famoso De La Tierra" c.d under the name of Fulanito with the assistance of the legendary Dominican accordianist Arsenio De La Rosa. This worldwide platinum sellin c.d consisting of Merengue Hiphop groundbreaking partystarting classics such as "Guallando, El Cepillo and La Novela"have proven to still be D.J essentials for more than 13 years now. Then right about the turn of the millenium, Fulanito followed up with the gold selling,Grammy nominated "El Padrino" cd which churned out classics like "Quien Es Fulanito, Chillando Goma, Mi Con Con and Serenata Negra" which were featured in the John Singleton directed blockbuster movie "Shaft". In 2000 D.O.S.E and the boys earned a Premio Cassandra, Premio A.C.E and performed at Chile's Festival in"Vina Del Mar" where they earned the prestigious Gaviota Award. In early 2001 Fulanito released a remix c.d which included a Reggaeton club banger called "Take It Off" that had all them boys and girls grinding on dancefloors throughout the U.S .Then later that year they released the "Americanizao" c.d which produced such hits as "Callate, Asi Es Que Vivo Yo, El Generalisimo and Pecho a Pechuga".
In 2004 Rafael remade a Johnny Ventura classic "La Verdad" which was the title track for his 4th full length Fulanito c.d that included the crowd moving hit "Pegate" and the Fruko y su Tesos sampled ("El Preso") "Gozando Vivire". By 2007 Fulanito enlists the production team of GuaryCleyton to work on the critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated "Vacaneria" c.d which featured such artists as Tonny Tun Tun, Kevin Ceballo, Truko and Magic Juan. With tracks like "Mira, Ajena and Dejalo Ahi,which featured La Banda Gorda,"Vacaneria" has proven to be some of Rafael's best work to date and with his latest irresistable party anthem "Wiggle…
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