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All Music Guide:
Norberto Vélez and Gerardo Rivas, the vocalists who make up pop-salsa trailblazing duo NG2, were far from newcomers when they arrived on the scene. Vélez embarked on his performance career at the age of ten, playing traditional Puerto Rican music with local groups and joining the Orquesta Trompeta de Trovadores by 17. Under the direction of Elías Lopés, Vélez developed from a talented musician into an adept singer. He joined up with Victor Manuelle's orchestra some time later, where he would meet his future musical partner. Rivas had gained experience as a musical entrepreneur early on with his group Gerardito y Los Rockolos. He studied percussion at the Escuela Libre de Musica, and upon graduation, joined up with Manuelle's orchestra as a percussionist. With Manuelle's blessing and assistance, the two decided to branch out and form their own group. With songwriting and production help from industry veterans like Manuelle and Ramón Sánchez, NG2 released their debut disc, Comienzos, in 2004. The record generated radio hits like "Algo Imposible" and "Quitémonos la Ropa," which reached number two on Billboard's Latin Tropical Airplay charts in the year of its release. With a little less influence from the artists' mentor and little more of their own direction, NG2 released their follow-up record two years later, entitled Al Fin. Released on Sony/BMG's Discos 605 imprint, the band's sophomore effort produced some hit songs as well, including "Como Amigo No," "No Me Perdones," and "La Nueva Generación." The band continues to pay dues on the touring circuit, whether appearing on stateside festival stages or performing for Puerto Rican prom night celebrations.