2019 is shaping as much as be a giant yr for J Balvin: In addition to the Grammys and dropping a particular with Guess, he not too long ago teamed up with Tainy, Benny Blanco, and Selena Gomez for the observe Today, he’s unveiling one other huge collaboration: “Contra La Pared,” which options dancehall icon Sean Paul.
Paul and Balvin had each teased the observe and the video yesterday on Instagram. Like “I Can’t Get Enough,” it’s one other laidback, slow-winding Tainy manufacturing pushed by looping flute samples and a stripped-back beat. In between Balvin’s lulling vocals, Paul jumps in to drop a few verses and even delivers just a few strains in Spanish, giving the observe its power. There’s even a playful interpolation of the youngsters’s tune “Cucara Macara.”
The video for “Contra La Pared” is anticipated to return out tomorrow — based on Entertainment Tonight, the blokes shot it in Utah’s Lake Powell, in an space the place the director Andy Hines mentioned, “nobody has actually shot” earlier than.
“Contra La Pared” isn’t the primary tune that has featured the 2 of them collectively. Back in 2017, Balvin and Paul joined forces for a way more upbeat Major Lazer observe known as “Buscando Huellas.” In an interview, Paul told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe that they met at a Farruko album launch occasion. “I didn’t know he was an artist,” mentioned Paul. “Both of us was kinda on the lookout for meals. We was hungry. He goes like, ‘Yo, that’s Sean Paul shopping for a hamburger.’”
And, it’s additionally not the primary time that Balvin has proven his deep curiosity in Caribbean rhythms: “Ambiente,” off of his final album Vibras, had very clear Jamaican reggae influences. Getting Paul in on this collaboration is an indicator Balvin needs to maintain making an attempt out the sound and getting dancehall artists straight concerned in his tasks.
Just earlier than 2018 closed out, Balvin had been busy with and had been engaged on new music. Already, “I Can’t Get Enough” has six million views, and Balvin is reportedly nonetheless engaged on a joint album with Bad Bunny. All of that is a part of what he’s known as his , and he reveals no indicators of stopping.
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