“Mi Gente” singer J Balvin jokingly suggested Beyoncé for the remix after learning about Blue Ivy’s obsession with the song.
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Turns out, the person we have to thank for this glorious collaboration is none other than Blue Ivy Carter.
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Blue was reportedly obsessed with the original “Mi Gente.”
“I think Beyonce was [going] crazy, with her daughter singing the song all day, every night,” Balvin told BuzzFeed News a week after the track debuted.
“One day I was in the studio in New York, and one girl that works with Beyoncé — she told me that Blue loved the song. She really loved the song,” the reggaeton star explained.
That’s when he jokingly suggested Beyoncé for the remix.
“I was like, 'OK, so why don't you tell Beyoncé to jump on the remix?'” he recalled. “But I was making a joke … I wasn't serious.”
Two days later, Beyoncé's team called with the news that she'd agree to lend her vocals to the track, much to Balvin's amazement. “I almost passed out,” he said.
“You’re talking about one of the biggest pop artists around the world. I’m still in shock,” Balvin continued.
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And if Beyoncé were ever to perform “Mi Gente,” Balvin is positive she’d nail her Spanish lines…
…unlike Bieber, who revealed he didn't know the words to “Despacito” earlier this summer.
“Well, you know. It's not his language. He's a kid. At the end of the day, he's doing whatever a kid will do when they don't remember the lyrics,” Balvin said of the controversy around Bieber forgetting his lyrics. “I'm good with that.”
But he has no doubt Beyoncé would have her Spanish down pat. “She's the queen … she knows what she's doing. I don't know who else is going to be more professional than that lady in this business, you know?”
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“It is a blessing, you know. I'm really grateful. I really feel that the world needs more love and beautiful vibes. That's why we made this song.”