Colombian pop star Shakira is again on playlists and within the tabloids, because of her biting new break-up jam in collaboration with Argentine DJ-producer Bizarrap.
On the savage new dis observe, numerically titled “Bzrp Music Sessions #53,” Shakira slams her ex-partner, retired Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué.
The tune generated 50 million YouTube views in its first 24 hours of launch, with followers circulating a very damning lyric throughout the web: “Women don’t cry anymore / Women cash in.”
If you’re not fairly up to the mark on the goings-on of Latin America’s high younger producer or its reigning music queen, who’s been embroiled in numerous scandals, right here’s a useful information.
First of all: Who is Bizarrap?
Born Gonzalo Julián Conde in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 24-year-old producer referred to as Bizarrap got here to prominence as a part of the nation’s exploding Latin lure scene. He minimize his tooth mixing freestyles for Argentine rappers within the late 2010s, together with for Latin Grammy-nominated MCs like Duki, Nicki Nicole and Paulo Londra.
Bizarrap has since expanded his attain past the Southern Cone by way of his phenomenally fashionable YouTube sequence, “Bzrp Music Sessions.” These one-offs, that are carried out dwell in his studio in Barcelona, Spain, function one singer or MC and the producer, as he fashions daring, EDM-inflected lure beats.
In 2022, his “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 52,” which featured Spanish rapper Quevedo, tallied 88.3 million streams on Spotify — and shot to No. 1 on the platform’s Global Songs chart. (His session with Puerto Rican rapper Villano Antillano was named one in all The Times’ Top 100 Songs of 2022.)
Why did a celebrity like Shakira report a tune with him?
These periods have turn out to be extremely coveted standing symbols, and never only for rappers on the rise. Urbano heavy-hitters Nicky Jam and Anuel AA have recorded their very own periods; Skrillex, one in all Bizarrap’s earliest influences, dropped by to jam with the proficient newcomer.
Shakira, 45, had been following Bizarrap for a while on social media, and even wished him a contented birthday in August on Twitter. Given her star energy within the U.S. — we’re nonetheless reeling from her legendary Super Bowl efficiency — it’s secure to say this newest collab may mark Bizarrap’s first main radio hit within the States.
What occurred between Shakira and Piqué?
After an 11-year partnership, together with the beginning of their youngsters Milan and Sasha, the couple introduced their cut up in June. “We regret to confirm that we are separating. For the well-being of our children, who are our highest priority, we request respect for (our) privacy. Thank you for your understanding,” the couple wrote in a information launch.
What regarded like a professional forma celeb breakup, nevertheless, was something however. Piqué was revealed to have been relationship 23-year-old Clara Chía Martí, who was reportedly employed at Piqué’s tv manufacturing firm. Although it’s unclear when the 2 began seeing one another, they had been photographed kissing at a music festival in August.
What does Shakira say about Piqué on the brand new tune?
There are a number of quippy strains all through the tune, together with an excellent callback to “Loba,” the Spanish model of her 2009 electropop hit “She Wolf,” on which she sings, “A wolf like me isn’t for guys like you.”
But she extra pointedly refers to Pique within the following line, with a pun based mostly on his final identify: “Yo solo hago música, perdón que te salpique.” (Which interprets to, “I only make music, sorry that it splashed you.”)
Piqué’s new girlfriend additionally will get caught within the crossfire: “Tiene nombre de persona buena / Claramente no es como suena,” Shakira sings, enjoying on the identify Clara with the phrase claramente: “She has the name of a good person / Clearly it’s not as it sounds.”
“No hard feelings, baby / I wish you the best with my supposed replacement,” she provides. “I’m worth two 22s / You traded a Ferrari for a Twingo / You traded a Rolex for a Casio.”
Shakira additionally makes some unsparing revelations within the following verse: “You left me a neighbor to [my] mother-in-law / Press at my door and in debt with the Treasury / You thought you hurt me, but you made me stronger.”
What does Shakira imply with the road about debt?
Shakira has been embroiled in a authorized battle with the Spanish authorities, which claims that the singer owes 14.5 million euros in taxes from 2012 to 2014. She is because of stand trial in Spain.
“I’ve paid everything they claimed I owed, even before they filed a lawsuit,” she informed Elle Magazine in September. “While Gerard and I were dating, I was on a world tour. I spent more than 240 days outside of Spain, so there was no way I qualified as a resident. The Spanish tax authorities saw that I was dating a Spanish citizen and started to salivate.”
But wait — there’s extra controversy.
Nascent Venezuelan singer Briella has come ahead to recommend that Shakira’s hook on the brand new tune — her wolf-like wooooo — carefully resembles that from her personal tune “Solo Tú,” launched in June. “I am in shock, I don’t know what to do,” she mentioned on Instagram. “I love Shakira, I’ve been a fan of hers all my life. I would at least like some credit [as] a composer.”
Call me cynical, however is all this goss in service of selling a brand new Shakira album?
“I have a full album’s worth of music that I’m so excited about,” Shakira mentioned final fall. She launched two singles in 2022: Her Latin Grammy-nominated pop smash with Rauw Alejandro, “Te Felicito” (I Congratulate You), adopted by her extra charitable heartbreak ballad with Ozuna, “Monotonía” (Monotony). She has but to verify a launch date for a brand new album, which might be her first since 2017’s “El Dorado.”