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Gerardo's first major appearance in show business was as Ricky in the 1987 feature film Can't Buy Me Love. 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 "Give Up the Funk") peaked at #16, the popularity of "Rico Suave" has made Gerardo known as a one-hit wonder via sources including MTV, VH1, Synthesis[6] and even Gerardo himself.

A native of Ecuador, Gerardo became a chart-topping rapper/singer with the success of "Rico Suave," a boisterous single from his 1991 debut album, Mo' Ritmo. Gerardo established himself as one of the first breakthrough Latin dance performers singing in the English/Spanish mixture known as Spanglish, and he returned in 1992 with the Chuck Reed-produced Dos. After releasing 1994's Asi Es and 1995's Derrumbe, the Latin rap artist hung up his signature bandana and refashioned himself as an A&R executive for Interscope Records. While working for Interscope, Gerardo was responsible for bringing Enrique Iglesias to the United States, effectively launching the artist's American career. He then returned to music in 2001 with Gerardo: Fame, Sex y Dinero, which featured the hit single "Sigo Siendo Rico."

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