Dust off those cowboy boots and grab your sombrero! International pop icon Shakira is dipping her toes into the world of corridos. On Wednesday, the music scene was set abuzz when the Colombian sensation dropped “El Jefe,” a riveting corrido collaboration with Fuerza Régida.
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The song narrates the journey of a small-town man with big dreams – aspiring to rise from his humble beginnings and emerge as a leader. The music video features JOP, the lead of Fuerza Régida, portraying an industrious worker, shouldering heavy burdens and singing about the challenges under a demanding employer.
The catchy chorus goes, “You’re dreaming of leaving the barrio/You have everything to be a millionaire. “You have expensive taste, the mentality/All you need is the salary.”
The climax of the video is power-packed with Shakira and JOP confronting their oppressive bosses. Shakira’s defiant act of pouring wine on her boss’s head becomes a highlight. The closing scene is a pensive Shakira, astride a horse, dressed in a striking red ensemble.
Adding a personal touch to the track, Shakira gives a nod to her former nanny, Lili Melgar, singing, “This song is for you, since you weren’t paid severance.” The gossip mill suggests Melgar played a role in uncovering Piqué’s alleged indiscretions and faced an unjust exit without dues. Melgar’s cameo in the video has certainly turned heads.
The song’s teaser, released by Shakira over the weekend, saw a whopping 2.5 million likes. The singer playfully shared a clip of her mimicking trumpet sounds, dubbing herself “the human trumpet,” indicating its inclusion in the track.
Jimmy Humilde, chief of Fuerza Régida’s label Rancho Humilde, was all praises. “She is not playing, She’s a complete genius and it was an honor being there for the process.” he remarked.
This venture with Fuerza Régida is hot on the heels of Shakira’s recent hits like “Copa Vacía” and “TQG.” With a stellar week behind her, Shakira also bagged seven nods for the 2023 Latin Grammys, eyeing both the Record and Song of the Year categories.
On the other side, Fuerza Régida is making waves with their ongoing U.S. ‘Otro Pedo’ tour. Their recent collaborations and hit summer singles have only solidified their footprint in the industry.