The summer of 2021 was a strange one, but even through all of its unexpected twist and turns, there was one bright light on the horizon. Rauw Alejandro’s “Todo De Ti,” an electro-tinged romantic pop jam that became the undisputed song of the summer all around the world. “I wanted this song—this whole album—to steal the whole summer,” the musician, whose real name is Raul Alejandro Ocasio Ruiz, reveals. “After finishing Afrodisíaco, I had just one week before starting all over again with this second album. I started working on some music styles that people were not really used to hearing from me.”
That second album, Vice Versa, released in June of this year, featured a mix of reggaeton, classic boleros, baile funk from Brazil, and even drum n’ bass, and immediately signaled to the world that Alejandro is an artist unafraid to break the rules and chart his own creative path. “Afrodisíaco was pretty much inspired on [early 2000’s] reggaetón, so people could feel the flow,” he explains, “Vice Versa, is a little bit more alternative, more experimental, it has a lot of energy. It’s one of my favorite projects so far.” A bold statement, not only because it’s his second album, but because in his short career — he released his first mixtape Punto de Equilibrio in 2016, and with the release of Afrodisíaco was nominated for Best New Artist at the Latin Grammys — he’s already collaborated with icons of reggaetón and pop music including Nicky Jam, Yandel, J Balvin, Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez.