Gerardo Mejía
Gerardo performing at Eleva, a conference founded by Jeff Tolle.
Gerardo performing at Eleva, a conference founded by Jeff Tolle.
Background information
Birth name Gerardo Mejía
Born April 16, 1965 (1965-04-16) (age 54)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Origin Glendale, California
Genres Pop, rap
Occupations Singer, Rapper, Music executive
Years active 1990-present
Labels Interscope Records (1990-present)
Randy's Records (1991-1992)

Gerardo Mejía (born April 16, 1965[1]), better known as simply Gerardo, is a Latin rapper and singer who later became a recording industry executive. Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador,[2] he has based his career in Los Angeles, California since his family moved to Glendale, California, when he was 12 years old. He became known for his bandana, skintight jeans and shirtless torso. He sometimes refers to himself as the "Latin Elvis" or the "Latin Frank Sinatra".[3]

As a performerEdit

Gerardo's first major appearance in show business was as Ricky in the 1987 feature film Can't Buy Me Love.[2] He was later cast as the character Bird in the 1988 film Colors, about South Central Los Angeles gang violence. This was also the first time his dance skills were showcased, in one of the party scenes; however, he did not sing at any point in the film.

His hit single "Rico Suave" appeared on his 1991 debut album, Mo' Ritmo. The album peaked at #36 on the Billboard 200 chart in June 1991; the single had peaked at #7 in April. This song, as well as some others of Gerardo's, include verses with lines in both English and Spanish. Although his following single "We Want the Funk" (a semi-remake of Parliament's "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker") peaked at #16,[4] the popularity of "Rico Suave" has made Gerardo known as a one-hit wonder via sources including MTV, VH1,[5] Synthesis[6] and even Gerardo himself.[5]

Recent timesEdit

Now an A&R executive at Interscope Records, Gerardo was responsible for bringing Enrique Iglesias to the attention of Interscope Label Executives in early 1999. He also signed rapper Bubba Sparxxx.[3]



Year Album details Chart Positions
1991 Mo' Ritmo

36 64
1992 Dos

  • Released: September 15, 1992
  • Label: Interscope Records
1994 Así Es[7]

1995 Derrumbe[7]

  • Released: June 6, 1995
  • Label: EMI Records
2001 Gerardo: Fame, Sex y Dinero

2004 180°

  • Released: September 28, 2004
  • Label: Univision Records
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released


  • "Rico Suave" (1991)
  • "We Want the Funk" (1991)
  • "When the Lights Go Out" (1991)
  • "Love" (1992)
  • "Maria Elisa" (1994)[7]
  • "Ae-Ah" (The Outhere Brothers featuring Ricardo) (1998)
  • "Americana" (2004)



Year Film Role Other notes
1984 Hot Moves Break Dancer
1987 Winners Take All Johnny Rivera
Can't Buy Me Love Ricky
1988 Colors Bird
1991 For the Very First Time Cassanova made for television
1994 A Million to Juan Flaco
Somebody to Love Armando
2003 Pauly Shore is Dead Rico Suave
Mi Casa, Su Casa Miguel Sanchez this film has the alternate title of Loco Love.


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