All proceeds from the song’s sale will go toward disaster relief
Having recently had twins has not slowed down Beyoncé, who has added a Spanish and English verse onto J Balvin and Willy William’s hit “Mi Gente.”
This past summer there has been a rise of popularity in Latin songs on non-Latin airwaves. Seemingly, the amalgamation of artists from both sides of the culture has played a large part. Though the ascent of notoriety of Latin stars in the American culture isn’t new, it surely felt present this year.
This year, Wale linked up with J Balvin for “Colombia Heights (Te Llamo),” Dillon Francis traveled to the Dominican Republic and met up with reggaeton artist Arcangel and dembow artist El Mayor Clasico and Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” blew up after remixes by Justin Bieber and Major Lazer. While fans were looking for another song to show inclination to, “Mi Gente” was lying in wait.
Originally a Willy William’s “Voodoo Song,” J Balvin remixed it and put his own lyrics onto it. The song continues to rise on the Billboard charts, currently sitting at number 19 on the Hot 100 chart and number 2 on the Hot Latin chart.
Last night, Beyoncé surprised fans with the release of the song’s remix. Singing in Spanish is not new for Beyoncé as she did it before for her song “Irreplaceable,” named “Irremplazable” in Spanish. She proves her bilingual skills are still there as she adds lines and ad-libs throughout the beginning of the song. Afterwards, she adds a verse in English.
All of the sales from the song will go specifically toward helping disaster victims from the recent hurricanes and earthquakes. On her Instagram, she wrote:
I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands. To help go to Beyonce.com/reliefefforts.
Providing aid and supplies
The benefit isn’t the first of its kind as her husband Jay Z and his music-streaming company Tidal has provided a plane for Puerto Rican rapper Fat Joe to take supplies to his hurricane-affected country. Fat Joe has teamed up with Tidal, Jay Z, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to provide 200,000 pounds of food and supplies for Puerto Rico.