In this week’s episode of “How It Went Down,” Anitta shares the story of how she created her song “Veneno,” and why she decided to enlist the help of snakes for the track’s music video.
The song, Anitta tells Billboard, was inspired by beats created by the song’s producers Dynell and Tainy. Lyrically, she wanted it to focus on the idea that if someone is amazing to her, she will be amazing to them. But if they aren’t, she notes, “Oh my God, you have no idea the problem you are bringing to your life.”
Asked what her favorite line in the song is, the singer names the lyric “Que pienses más en mí/ De lo que pienso en ti,” which she explains translates to “I hope you think about me more than I think about you.”
“At the end of the day,” she says, “We can suffer a little bit less if the person’s thinking about us more than we are thinking [about them].”
Discussing how the music video’s concept came together, Anitta was influenced by the fact that “veneno” means “poison,” which instantly made her think of snakes.
“I love snakes. I mean, domesticated ones,” Anitta shares. “I started to think about snakes walking around on my body and on top of my body and covering me.” When it came time to actually filming the video, though, she reveals that she was scared of the snakes at first. But after some time passed, they became “intimate friends.”
“I know her name. I know what she does for her life. I know everything about the snake,” she jokes. “And so we started to feel really close and [became] best friends.”
As for what she hopes people will feel when they listen to “Veneno,” Anitta says that she wants them to feel “turned on,” adding, “The song is really sexy, and I think that’s the only thing I can think about it, which is just think about being sexual.”
You can watch the music video for “Veneno” below, and watch Anitta explain how the creation of the song went down in the video above.