Reik and Maluma Release Romantic Pop Urban Song 'Amigos Con Derecho'
Here, Reik breaks down the collaboration in an exclusive interview.
Mexican band Reik continues to nail the romantic/urban genre, and this time, the trio has joined forces with superstar Maluma to release the song and video for “Amigos Con Derecho" on Thursday (Aug. 30).
The new song, written by Julio Ramirez (Reik’s guitarist), Andres Castro and Servando Primera, tells the story of a couple who are in love but don’t want to give a title to their relationship. They just want to be friends with benefits.
“Amigos con Derechos” was released alongside a music video that carries a beautiful story of a young couple having a romantic date in Las Vegas that goes so well, they decide to get married. In the end, when she wakes up (as an old woman), everything seems to have been a dream -- but it really wasn’t. The couple spent their whole life together.
Watch the video below, and check out Billboard's Q&A with Reik after the jump.
Where did the idea of collaborating with Maluma come from?
After composing the song, we decided that the most successful feature for this song, for the topic and the melody, was Maluma. It has a lot of his style. We sent the song to him, he loved it and then he started working on his lyrics.
How would you describe the song?
It is a romantic but current song where two people like and enjoy each other. They decide to live in the moment, without titles. Musically, it is a perfect balance between the classic Reik sound and the unique one of Maluma.
Tell us an anecdote about the experience of filming the video with Maluma.
Making the video with Maluma was very fun. We had the opportunity to laugh a lot together, to talk about music and life.
"Amigos Con Derecho" is the fourth song that Reik has recorded with an urban artist. Who else would you guys like to continue this pattern with?
Right, it's the fourth song that we've recorded in the urban style. It would be interesting to do a ballad with Bad Bunny. Something like when Dido and Eminem made a song together. Epic!
Finally, what you have learned from recording songs with an urban touch?
In general, we have learned that there are different styles within, in terms of languages and melodies. What we like the most is the natural disposition that urban superstars have. They help each other in collaborations, and the union they have is admirable.