Karol Gis Queen-ing out…
The 28-year-old Colombian singer, one of the most in-demand collaborators in the Latin pop world,has joined voices with Nicki Minaj on “Tusa,” and the catchy single’s video.
The song’s title hails from a Colombian slang term for the heartache one experiences after a breakup. But, Karol G and Minaj don’t sweat it — in both English and Spanish, instead they party away the pain.
“Se cansó de ser buena/Ahora es ella quien los usa,” sings Karol G.
Colombian producer Ovy on the Drums accents the swaggering reggaeton track with a crisp sample of a classical string quartet. The song’s pomp is matched by the luxe, Rococo feel of the video, directed by Mike Ho; together the divas revel in diamonds, feathers and miles of pink satin.
“Pero hice todo este llanto por nada/Ahora soy una chica mala,” sings Minaj in Spanish.
The track came together after Karol G and Minaj began messaging privately on Instagram, then swapped a few demos. It was Karol G’s idea for “Tusa” that finally won Minaj’s approval.
“[The collaboration] came into my life unexpectedly and I wanted to keep it like that for my fans,” said Karol G in a press statement. “The collaboration and the song means more to me than I can put into words. I hope everyone enjoys ‘Tusa’ as much as Nicki and I did creating it!”
Karol G has previously collaborated with Pitbull, Jessie Reyez, Damian Marley and Nicky Jam, among others.