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Area 51 is the first group signed to Fresh 2 Def Entertainment. Area 51 was formed after Dope Keyz joined forces with his talented little brother Ryan Navarro “QD”, and from then consisted of 3 group members including Rahi. Area 51 released their first Spanish single “Seduceme” in 2007.. Their second Spanish single “Solo en ti” got to the 3rd place on the top 25 chart of 88.3 Rockkorsou.
In March 2007 they had once again, scored another hit with the Antillean remix of the song “This is why I’m Hot” by MIMS. In May, Area 51 was the pre show act at a concert of Don Omar in Curacao. Area 51 continued to grow after their 3rd Spanish single “Noche de Fantasias” came out, and was not only known in Curacao but also in Santo Domingo, Venezuela, Miami, Peru and The Netherlands. This Spanish single was top 5 on all the urban stations in Curacao. Area 51 became even more known through their MySpace were they had received comments from many Hispanic people. Throughout the rest of 2007, Area 51 continued to perform at several places on the island.
In January 2008, Area 51 released its first Papiamento single “Kas Kubo” which means, “Home with you”, this song became an instant hit on the first Urban station of the island 88.3 Rockkorsou. It remained number 1 for over 4 weeks on the charts. After releasing this single, Area 51 got a wider audience on the island. In May of 2008,Area 51 had released their 2nd single “Rib’e Luga”, “On the place” which turned out to be a smash hit through Curacao due to its explosive content. “Rib’e Luga” was battling on the charts with the enormous hit “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne, and had even won the battle on one chart. Because of this, Area 51 became a household name in the urban scene of Curacao, and performed at almost every urban party. After noticing what they had accomplished after this single, they started to focus more on songs in their native language. Their first album that came out was in Papiamento “E Formula Perfekto”, which refers to “The Perfect Formula”. During this same period they stayed relevant by doing fit features with different local artists.
By October 2008, they decided to let the public do a live vote at 92.1 Radio Direct Live, on two of their own songs “Baseball” and “Modela” which means “Modeling”. Whichever song got the most votes was going to be released as their 2nd single for their album. The song “Modela”, which was produced by Urban Legendz had won by 2 votes. It started to gain airplay, but wasn’t a smash hit in first instance.
The first Area 51 & Fresh 2 Def Entertainment album was released on October 27th in the year 2008. As they released their album at 92.1 Radio Direct Live, they had received visits by their fans whom were not only congratulating them, but had also taken their chance to buy their cd which together with that they had received a ticket for their official album release party.
The 3rd single for the album “Dream girl”, which was also produced by Urban Legendz wasn’t even planned. However, it became the biggest hit Area 51 had ever had after the song being leaked. It stayed number 1 on different radio chart for 10 weeks. After “Dream girl”, Area 51 became a household name not only in Curacao, but also in Bonaire, Aruba and The Netherlands.
Area 51 won the Best Urban Group Award in the prestigious Premio Karabela Award in December 2008. In March 2009 Area 51 was nominated in 7 categories of the C-Urban Awards.They won 3 C-Urban Awards including Best Urban Group, Best Album and Most Sold Album.
Throughout 2009 Area 51 was the most sought out rap group performing at almost all events on the island.
In July 2009 Area 51 performed a song, produced especially for the occasion by them “Di Nos E Ta”,“It Is Ours”, accompanied by the National Orchestra of The Netherlands Antilles.
In September of that same year, they had won the Best Urban Group Award in the Premios Latinos y Locales.
However, since October Area 51 had lost their member Rahi, due to him wanting to go solo and from that day on only the two brothers remained in the group.
2011 was another successful year for Area 51. They released a smash club hit, Damelo with the famous Dj Chuckie. Besides that, their other 3 singles “Bo Kansion” (Your song), “Net un ora” ( Just one hour ) and “Lekker Mama” ( Nice Mama ), were also major hits on the island.
Area 51 recently released their second Papiamento album, E Formula Perfekto 2” later on that year. After they released this album, they had won Group of the year.
Area 51 is currently working on their international debut with the album Los Cientificos. On this album they are working with 2 in-house producers, Dope Keyz and Urban Legends and also a couple of other outside producers.
Stay tuned to hear more about these two brothers whom over the years have developed more and more talent.