J Balvin continues to prove he's a game-changing Latin artist: The reggaeton star has released "Safari," which sees Pharrell not only on production, but has the super-producer singing in smooth Spanish. Who knew he'd sound so good?!
The sexy cut, which also features Sky and rapper/singer Bia, made its premiere on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio with Ebro Darden:
This is a big move for Balvin and shows his power to get a superstar like Pharrell to come into his world instead of needing to cater to whatever will help him cross over (alhough we're not saying we wouldn't love hearing him on a Neptunes track). It's a similar move to when bachata singer Romeo Santos got Drake to croon in Spanish on 2014's "Odio" track, and Santos has consistently said how he has no intention of crossing into English-language music.
"Safari" is the latest taste of J Balvin's upcoming album Energía, out on June 24. The LP includes the singles "Bobo" and "Ginza," the latter marking one of the biggest Spanish songs in America in years and boasting more than half a billion views on YouTube.