“Safari,” the latest single from J. Balvin’s album “Energía,” is packed with heavy, ear-thumping intensity and this recently-released video — not quite a full video and not a lyric video — will take you on a safari-level acid trip. The track features J. Balvin backed by the ballistic rhymes of BIA, the beauty of Sky, and the sweet Spanish-language vocals of Pharrell, who produced the track. Balvin described the enthusiasm that went into making the song: “When you work with Pharrell, you gotta bring 200 percent.”
Barely a month old, “Energía” has already received colossal levels of love from Balvin’s fans, as well as critical acclaim across the globe. The first video from the album, “Bobo,” already has over 238 million views on YouTube, and holds the single day record of views for a Latin artist. The mass-appeal of “Bobo” shows that Balvin’s strength as a musician comes from his ability to connect with his audience. Balvin recently told Billboard that relatable lyrics equal success: “And that’s what happened with ‘Bobo’.”
If you have a sister, you know it can be the absolute best thing in the world (and maybe the most frustrating). And let’s be honest: While sisters in general are amazing, Latina sisters are on a whole other level.
Here are 10 things Latina sisters will understand:
1. You’re called “linda”by abuelo and abuela no matter what.
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While it may seem like a compliment, since we know you’re definitely beautiful (duh), let’s call this exactly what it is: Your grandparents have too many nietas to bother remembering you and your sister’s names at all times.
This is maybe the best part about being Latina sisters. When all your basic friends are turning you into the eye-roll emoji, you can just slip into Spanish and vent without them knowing. Basically, it’s a genius plan and you’re welcome. (Works well with strangers, too!)
4. You can make fun of your mom for getting too invested in her telenovela.
And then when mom goes to bed, you can cry in each other’s arms while watching that same telenovela because OH MY GOD, IT’S SO GOOD.
5. Everything always ends in yelling (even if you aren’t fighting).
Not trying to play into the angry Latina stereotypes here because UGH, but you and your sister can’t help but raise your voices at one another. It’s your love language so everyone needs to DEAL WITH IT.
6. It’s absolutely impossible to keep secrets from one another.
It’s the curse of having a Latina sister. Forget trying to keep a secret from each other, you’re terrible at it! The more you try to hide something, the harder it gets. You’ve learned that no matter what, you’re sister is going to know what’s up and you just need to embrace it.
7. You have someone to back you up when your mom grills you about your significant other.
Thank god you have someone to vouch for you… even if your sister was the one who told your mom you were dating someone in the first place.
8. You have someone to binge watch Jane The Virgin with.
You constantly bond over how it’s a show that gets Latino culture right, and your white friends just don’t understand why you’re so incredibly obsessed with it. You and your sister are TV bingers for life.