The Making of Luis Fonsi Despacito With Mauricio Rengífo & Andres Torres
With a little help from Justin Bieber, Luis Fonsi, and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” rocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and has stayed there for an impressive nine weeks and counting. It even surpassed Eminem’s “Rap God” as the most popular song in Genius history. The track is produced by Mauricio Rengífo and Andrés Torres, and the pair sat down with Genius to explain how their smash hit came together for the latest episode of Deconstructed.
“It really sounded good but we felt, with Fonsi, that we must approach that to the Reggaeton world,” Rengífo tells Genius. “That was like the main thing. Give that Cumbia vibe but with that Reggaeton thing. Of course Fonsi isn’t a Reggaeton artist. This is new for him so we have to do something that have the Reggaeton but maintains the cool thing that he has.”
Rengífo and Torres explain that they tried to strike a balance between traditional Reggaeton and the pop-oriented music that Fonsi typically records. “The beginning was more scary for us than for him,” Rengifo says. “The risky move was to make the song Reggaeton but not too respectful with the genre. Not to do a classic Reggaeton track but to do a pop thing… We think that the Reggaeton is pop now. You don’t have to treat it like this urban dark thing. Everybody is listening to that in Latin America.”
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