Bebe Gets Her Reggaeton On in 'La Consulta' Video: Watch

Rasel Feat. Bebe y Xantos "The Consultation"
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Rasel Feat. Bebe y Xantos "The Consultation"

The Spanish singer joins Rasel & Xantos for new summer song.

Framed by a hoodie, Bebe lends bubbly vocals to a tropical urban beat while fellow Spanish singer Rasel and Dominican-born, Puerto Rican-bred reggatonero Xantos spell out a prescription for summer in a video for the new song “La Consulta.”

“I love reggaeton,” says Bebe, on the phone from her home in Madrid. The raspy-voiced singer laughs, acknowledging that might seem out of character. Bebe is best known for straight-talking songs that declare independence and, more recently, intimate, more stylized stories inspired by motherhood. Her biggest hit was “Malo,” a lacerating roar against domestic violence that became an anthem for women and nabbed her a 2005 Latin Grammy for best new artist.

“When I say I’m listening to reggaeton, I expect the usual comment that it’s degrading to women,” she says. “I don’t think so. There is joyful reggaeton, there is reggaeton that makes you cry, then there’s hot reggaeton and player reggaeton. I think recent reggaeton has been a reaction to the fact that it's has been a target of criticism. Now we’re hearing different kinds of lyrics. I think sometimes it’s good to forget our prejudices and listen to things with a more open attitude.”

Rasel, who like Bebe is signed to Warner Music Spain, invited her to sing on “La Consulta” after she expressed an interest in doing something with a tropical urban beat.

The resulting collaboration is a seasonal track filled with playful innuendo whose good vibes are enforced by the video, which simply features Rasel, Babe and Xantos singing, dancing and laughing together. There’s not a luxury apartment or fast car in sight. The lyrics propose taking an antibiotic to forget a neurotic boyfriend, and give a “prescription” that involves “a dose of saliva” and some hugging.

Then there’s a part of the song that refers to “a daily dose of an encapsulated poison with a kind of hypnotic side effect” that "lowers your defenses" -- is that about roofies? “Oh, come on!” Bebe groans at the suggestion. “For me, that’s humor, it’s metaphor. You can’t take everything so seriously. Sometimes in life, we survive because of our ability to have a sense of humor.

“The song is just fun,” she adds. “I even fall down in the video.”

Bebe -- whose latest album, 2015’s Latin Grammy-nominated Cambio de Piel, showed a softer side to the singer -- will perform in the U.S. in June. She plays New York’s Irving Plaza on June 15 and will appear at the Filmore Miami Beach the next night. Then she’ll travel to San Juan for a concert at the Centro de Bellas Artes on June 17.

She says she’ll spend some extra days in Puerto Rico. She’s planning to do a new version of one of her own songs, setting it to a reggaeton beat.

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