Beyoncé Teams Up With J Balvin to Re-Release the Smash Hit “Mi Gente” for Hurricane Relief
Reggaeton music is certainly having a moment. As Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” started burning up the radio, Grammy and Teen Choice Award nominee J Balvin and Willy William followed with one of the summer’s coolest bangers, “Mi Gente.” This week, the duo re-released the song — with a special guest performer — to support Puerto Rico, where Balvin has a huge following, and where devastation after Hurricane Maria has left the island in a state of emergency.
The pair teamed up with megastar Beyoncé on the remix, which dropped on Tidal on Thursday night. Proceeds from the song will go to hurricane relief efforts on the island, as well as in Mexico and other affected areas in the Caribbean.
“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,” Beyoncé wrote on a surprise Instagram post Thursday night.
Bey has been working to support various charities and on-the-ground organizations that help repair, rebuild, and feed evacuees left homeless from these storms.
The “Mi Gente” remix is the first *new* music the singer has performed since having her twins, Sir and Rumi, over the summer. She sings in both Spanish and English, and the English lyrics give a hilarious shout-out to husband JAY-Z’s 4:44.
“My body stay wetter than the ocean / And he say that Creole in my body is like a potion,” she sings. “I can be a beast or I can give you emotion / But please don’t question my devotion / I been giving birth on these haters ’cause I’m fertile / See these double Cs on this bag, murda / Want my double Ds in his bed, Serta / If you really love me make an album about me, word up.”
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