Gerardo Mejía (born April 16, 1965), better known by his mononym Gerardo, is an Ecuadorian-American rapper, singer and actor who later became a recording industry executive, and more recently a pastor. Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, he moved with his family to Glendale, California, when he was 12 years old.
Based in Los Angeles, California, Gerardo became known for his bandana, skintight jeans, locking, and shirtless torso. He sometimes refers to himself as the “Latin Elvis”, the “Latin Frank Sinatra” or the Latin “Tony Zuzio”.
“Rico Suave” is a 1990 single by Ecuadorian rapper and singer Gerardo. It appeared on his 1991 album Mo’ Ritmo. The track peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart of April 13, 1991, and reached number 2 on the Hot Rap Singles chart a week earlier. In the song, the narrator tells of his luck with women and his lady-loving lifestyle.
The song ranks number 100 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s and number 9 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders. It also ranked at number 37 on Blender’s list of the “50 Worst Songs Ever”.