“We messaged back and forth with ideas for a couple of years,” Aoki tells Billboard over the phone. “We wanted to spend time on it so that it's phenomenal and a hit in both of our genres. That takes time. You don’t rush a great concept or idea. I’m glad that Maluma was patient.”
Out Friday (Jan. 17), “Maldad” is a Latin urban fusion with Middle Eastern rhythms, whose core is electronic dance music. “It has sensual rhythms and Maluma’s flavor in there,” Aoki adds.