Inglewood, Calif. – It’s been a long-awaited Friday for fans of Becky G as the singer-songwriter’s third studio album, titled “Esquinas” (“Corners”), finally makes its debut under Kemosabe-RCA Records. The album, which has been a concept in Becky G’s mind for several years, is a deeply personal and intimate project that delves into themes of identity, heritage, and emotion.
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Becky G, a 26-year-old Mexican-American artist, takes listeners on a heartfelt journey through her music. The album is filled with moments of gratitude, pride, grief, and loss, showcasing the multifaceted aspects of her life and career.
During an album-listening event just weeks ago, Becky G shared her thoughts with friends, family, industry insiders, and her team. She emphasized the significance of this project, stating, “This is for my 200%-ers,” and underlined her dual heritage and her position “at the crossroads of two flags, two languages, two cultures.”
The idea for a Mexican-inspired album was a dream inspired by her grandparents’ wishes. She recalled their encouragement to explore Mexican musical styles, saying, “My grandparents would always tell me, ‘Mija, I’d love to hear you with a mariachi or with a banda.’ And my grandma would always make fun of me because I would be rapping.”
Becky G’s journey through the music industry led her from pop to reggaeton, but the stars aligned when she met producer and songwriter Edgar Barrera. Barrera, the most-nominated person at the 2023 Latin Grammys, has played a pivotal role in bridging Mexican and American musical styles. The album features collaborations with emerging Mexican-American artists like Peso Pluma, Ivan Cornejo, Yahritza Y Su Esencia, DannyLux, and Angela Aguilar, contributing to a fresh and exciting sound.
Becky G expressed her gratitude for the new wave of artists that is paving the way for a blend of traditions and contemporary flair. She stated, “There’s a new wave of artists paving the way, and I’m so thankful for that because now I am experiencing this collective embrace. Not just of our traditions, but of our own very specific flairs.”
The album’s catalyst came two years ago when Becky G lost her first grandparent, her abuelito Miguel. She explained, “I think losing him and then gaining him as a guardian angel just kind of felt like a sign… This record is as serendipitous as things can get, it’s a project that is so close to my heart.”
“Esquinas” is a departure from Becky G’s previous work, showcasing a different side of her voice and a fusion of regional-inspired sounds with a contemporary twist. The album includes covers of classic songs, some written and sung by influential figures like Antonio Aguilar, adding depth and history to the project.
Edgar Barrera played a pivotal role in shaping the album’s sound and supporting Becky G’s decision to include new voices and fresh perspectives. Becky G expressed her passion for collaboration and her dedication to representing her Mexican heritage authentically.
In studio sessions filled with young, up-and-coming artists, Becky G found herself in a mentorship role, offering guidance and support to the next generation of musicians. She emphasized the importance of creating a welcoming and supportive environment in the industry.
As Becky G embarks on her first-ever headlining tour, “Mi Casa, Tu Casa,” she draws inspiration from her experiences watching artists like Drake, Taylor Swift, and Karol G. She recognizes the challenges of touring and aims to deliver a high-quality experience to her fans.
“Esquinas” is more than an album; it’s a testament to Becky G’s growth as an artist and her commitment to celebrating her heritage while exploring new musical horizons. With heartfelt lyrics, diverse collaborations, and a deep connection to her roots, Becky G invites listeners to join her at the crossroads of her unique journey.
As fans eagerly embrace “Esquinas,” Becky G’s music continues to resonate with a global audience, reflecting the rich tapestry of her identity and experiences.