Monday, August 28th, 2017

Becky G ft. Bad Bunny – Mayores

Becky G’s biggest Latin hit doesn’t make for her biggest Jukebox hit…


Joshua Minsoo Kim: A slice of standard reggaeton that’s elevated by Becky G’s lyrics and the hilariously apt presence of Bad Bunny. His deep voice allows for him to roleplay as one of Becky’s “señores” despite the similarity in age. And yet, he opts instead to reveal that he’s young, and tries to persuade her that he’s better than the geezers she pines for. Some may find that it undercuts Becky G’s unsubtle Lolita message — older men are apparently “bigger” and “don’t fit in her mouth,” and it’s winkingly “clarified” that she’s talking about kisses — but it calls back to the playful origins of “Mayores” as a tongue-in-cheek joke that refers to Becky’s actual boyfriend Sebastian Lletget (who is only four years her senior). It works out though, as the net result is a song that’s as sensual as it is fun.

Stephen Eisermann: This Latin anthem has Becky G owning her sexuality and letting her freak flag fly without an ounce of hesitation. Here she declares her love for older men because they, per her description, are better friends, lovers, and usually don’t fit in her mouth — yep, you read that right. There really is nothing more impressive than women throwing caution to the wind, removing all facades, and being open sexually in an industry where they are often criticized for much less, so I’m definitely here for it. It helps, too, that Bad Bunny’s raps fit perfectly into the song.

Alfred Soto: Becky G’s keening vocal is its only grace. Fluffy Bunny or whatever contributes the most brain-dead rhymes and stupidest double entendres I’ve heard all year.

Ryo Miyauchi:Guys My Age,” this isn’t, but Becky G still won’t hesitate to go there about who she exactly wants. To her nonchalant demeanor, Bad Bunny tries to match with what he can do. His reading of his resume only validates his opening line admitting he’s not the age she’s looking for, but I’ll just take it as him taking an L on behalf of all the guys she’s got to deal with.

Katherine St Asaph: The elephant in the room, again: Becky G is still on Kemosabe, her non-answer when asked suggests she’s contractually stuck there (in the best case), all that’s changed is switching out producers for the guy who sang backup vocals on “Crazy Kids” — which adds a little extra skeeve to an already skeevy concept. Weird how Bad Bunny, who tries so hard, is what de-escalates the creepiness. Doesn’t take it beyond rote, though.

David Moore: Becky G continues her slow climb up the US Hot Latin charts with autopilot pop reggaeton that might crack the top ten there, this time with a feature from a guy who calls himself Bad Bunny (I assume Trap Rabbit was taken).

Nortey Dowuona: A perfect bit of Latin pop, as Becky glides through the the grooving congas, maracas, and drums and bass just beneath the popping synths and swinging guitar, while Bad Bunny flops his big flappy ears right in the middle to be bounced up as his sing-song flow slips and slides.

Thomas Inskeep: A sexy pop song with a reggaeton rhythm, voiced by the awesome Becky G. With Bad Bunny’s delightfully deep/weird voice on the rap break? Yeah, this works. 

Josh Langhoff: To score her biggest Spanish hit, Becky G consults the “Felices Los 4” songwriting team for a song about boning older dudes, set to a light reggaeton skank beat. All possible kinks are flattened and smoothed into a runway for her jet propelled “whoa”-ing. Can young Bad Bunny convince her to soar closer to earth? (Rated PG-13: adult situations, boning.)

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