Ozuna loves acronyms. But ENOC is special. El Negrito Ojos Claros (The Black Kid, Light Eyes) has long been his nickname. It’s also the name of his new album, a 20-track tour de force that veers from the righteous anger and braggadocio of the opening “Enemigos Ocultos” – which features a staggering six guest artists and runs over seven minutes — to the beautiful, island-y “Del Mar,” which features Doja Cat and Sia in their first-ever Spanish language collab, with Sia singing in Spanish.
“This album is me,” Ozuna tells Billboard in a candid interview. “Not only the music, the creator, but me. I released Odisea in 2016 and that’s been the best album in my career. Everybody said, 'dude, you need to go back.' That’s why this album is El Negrito Ojos Claros. That’s the title, but it’s the mix and the start of the new Ozuna.”
The “new” Ozuna is feisty and hard-hitting in the opening “Enemigos Ocultos, which features Wisin, Cosculluela, Myke Towers, Juanka and Arcangel in what Ozuna calls a manifesto for the culture. It’s lyrical in tracks like “Del Mar” and the sexy, gentle “Una Locura,” where J Balvin and Chencho Corleone sing. It’s eminently danceable in “Esto no se acaba” with Nicky Jam and achingly heartfelt in “Gracias,” Ozuna’s thank you to God and life, where he sings beautifully over guitar. And then, there’s “Despeinada,” the last-minute addition with Camilo that Ozuna calls his “favorite song on the album. I listen to it 200 times a day.”