Justin Bieber’s appearance on the remix of Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” breathed new live into the hit song, breaking it out of the realm of the Latin charts and into more general pop world of the Hot 100. But how many of those new fans who are coming to the track via the pull of Bieber’s Spanish rap verse actually know what the Biebz is saying? Luckily, Genius broke down Bieber’s verse for those who might not get it.
Whether or not people know what Justin is saying, the track has been a huge success. The “Despacito” remix is the first predominantly Spanish language track to make it into the top slot of the Billboard Hot 100 since Los Del Rio had a global hit with “Macarena.” It’s also the first Spanish language song to become the most-streamed track on Spotify globally, nudging aside Ed Sheeran’s TLC-indebted “Shape Of You” for the top spot in the entire world. And its ascension makes Bieber the first ever artist to hit the top spot with new number ones in back-to-back weeks (he was part of the DJ Khaled posse cut “I’m The One” that debuted at number one last week).
Give the video a watch up top and then return to the “Despacito” remix with new ears. And if you’re in the mood for more of the new, rapping Bieber, check out his verse on the Young Thug and Diplo collab “Bankroll.”