First Stream Latin is a compilation of the best new Latin songs, albums and videos recommended by the Billboard Latin editors. Check out this week’s picks below.
Manuel Turizo x Wisin & Yandel “Mala Costumbre” (La Industria Inc.)
Manuel Turizo and Wisin & Yandel team up for an explosive reggaetón track that pairs catchy lyrics with an infectious beat making “Mala Costumbre” irresistible and a standout in this week’s releases. Produced by hitmakers Tainy, Lennin Palacios, Ily Wonder, Keytin and JotaRosa, the song kicks off with a slow intro featuring Turizo’s sultry deep voice, who prefaces the heartbreak song with “I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve promised myself to not open the door anymore.” Then, as the song picks up, Yandel sings over a guitar tune, “Now I’m here again, letting you in again but as time goes by I realize that … eres una mala costumbre (you’re just a bad habit),” Turizo finishes the sentence with the song’s hook. Going for the trifecta, Wisin jumps in mid-song to deliver his slick, fast-paced rap.
Joss Favela & Jessi Uribe “El Alumno” (Sony Music Latin)
Regional Mexican singer-songwriter Joss Favela recruits Colombian ranchero artist Jessi Uribe for “El Alumno,” an emotional mariachi heartbreak song. Marking their first collaboration, Favela and Uribe place all bets on lyrics that tug at your heartstrings for a deeper and more personal connection. Both belt out verses about being “used” by the girl they swore was the love of their life. “I don’t think you ever really loved me. We may have kissed a thousand times, but it seems like I enjoyed them.” Swearing her off, both come together to make a pact to move on for good.
Maria Becerra & Cazzu, “Animal” (300 Entertainment)
Argentine artists Maria Becerra and Cazzu join forces to unleash “Animal,” a head-bopping hip-hop track that finds the commanding pair trading verses about the power of women. A message that is loud and clear throughout the 3-minute song that shifts between hip-hp, reggaeton and trap. “Animal” was released alongside a minimalist and colorful music video directed by Julian Levy. Stream the girl-power anthem below:
Eladio Carrion, Monarca (Rimas Entertainment)
Opening with a confession-style intro, where he raps about feeling like he has the world in his hands, Eladio Carrion’s 14-track sophomore album Monarca is a cultural clash that features J Balvin, Cazzu, Yandel, Natanael Cano, among others, who join the Puerto Rican rapper on explosive, hard-hitting tracks. From trap to reggaeton and hip-hop, Carrion delivers most trap bangers on his own. Out of the tracks that stand out, two are duets. On “Todo O Nada” with rising Venezuela singer Corina Smith, Carrion switches gears and slows things down for the R&B-infused seductive tune. On the other end of the spectrum, trap-influenced hip-hop beat “Tata” finds Carrion and Balvin spitting fire rap verses. Stream Carrion’s Monarca below: