Viva Friday Playlist: Gerardo Ortiz Is Back, C Tangana & Paloma Mami's Collaboration & More

Gerardo Ortiz
Neil Favila

Gerardo Ortiz

Viva Friday is a compilation of the best new Latin songs, albums and videos recommended by the Billboard Latin editors.

This week on the Viva Friday playlist:

“Más Caro, que ayer” - Gerardo Ortiz

Ortiz makes his comeback, this time signed to Sony Music Latin, with a narco corrido. The story of notorious convicted drug dealer Rafael Caro Quintero is narrated not with violence, but rather a tinge of nostalgia and regret. Caro Quintero’s own voice, heard at the beginning of the video, says it all: “I’ve paid a very large bill … the little life I have left to live I want to live in peace.” (Caro Quintero spent 28 years in jail and was set free, only to be now sought after by U.S. law enforcement. He’s at large.) Ortiz has a role in the video, and while at first blush it would look like an homage to Caro Quintero, it just states facts. “Songs come from stories and this is no exception,” Ortiz tells Billboard. “I’m telling the story of a real man, who is being looked for, but still has a story to tell.”

"No Te Debi Besar" - C. Tangana & Paloma Mami

C.Tangana and Paloma Mami, two promising Latin acts of 2019, have teamed up for a sultry collaboration dubbed "No Te Debi Besar" (I Shouldn't Have Kissed You). The Spanish rapper and Chilean-American songstress bring to the table a bilingual track that seductively melds European melodies with Afro-Caribbean rhythms. "No Te Debi Besar," which was co-produced by Tangana and Alizzz and co-written by Tangana and Paloma, spotlights a fatal attraction. The track also marks Paloma's first collaboration. "When we met and got into the studio, creativity flowed very organically between us, and in the end, we recorded a song that we both truly love," Paloma said in a statement. The music video, directed by Rogelio and produced by CANADA, highlights the pair's connection, showing the two portraying a couple that's not meant to be together. -- JESSICA ROIZ

777 (EP) – Yashua

Onetime Latin artist on the rise, Yashua Camacho has released his first EP called 777.  The 11-track set showcases the 20-year-old singer's feelings after being heartbroken and putting behind painful situations. Basically, each song is a story related to Yashua’s life. His soft but powerful voice melts to rhythms like R&B and Latin urban sounds. Which are Yashua’s top five tracks? The songs are “Pena,” “Como Antes,” “Esa Parte,” “Go Baby” and “Todo Es Igual.” Listen to the full EP below. -- SUZETTE FERNANDEZ

Cesar Santalo- “Super Fixer Upper”

Up-and-coming Cuban American, Miami-born artist Cesar Santalo is an R&B singer who blends layers of hip-hop throughout his tunes. In his latest release, “Super Fixer Upper,” an uptempo R&B-pop-tinged tune produced by Julian Beatz, Santalo looks back and takes inspiration from hindered relationships and the chaos that defined them. Channeling his creative energy at an early age via the visual arts, the 21-year-old discovered freedom of expression through illustration taking the city of Miami as his main stimulation. Drawings shifted into words thus building his structure as writer. -- PAMELA BUSTIOS

"Me Arrepiento" - GioBulla

After making waves with his debut single "Astro Funk," GioBulla drops "Me Arrepiento." With its enchanting hip-hop-meets-trapsoul melodies, the track perfectly brings to the forefront Gio's proposal to the music industry: a fresh Latin R&B artist to keep on your radar. More than just a song about being regretful, "Me Arrepiento," co-written by Gio, Cris Chil, Daramola and Daneon, dives deeps into domestic abuse and delivers the message that women are not alone, are heard and are strong. The music video shows a couple in the different stages of a toxic relationship as Gio appears in performing the song in different settings. Watch below. -- JR