Between collaborations with Daddy Yankee, Maluma and J Balvin, Mexican-American pop star Becky G has established herself as urbano’s favorite sidekick. But in the video for her steely reggaeton single, “Mala Santa,” she proved she can do bad all by herself. “Mala Santa” is the title track from her highly anticipated debut LP, released Friday on Sony Music Latin.
Meaning “Bad Saint” in English, “Mala Santa” informs potential suitors that Becky G is “neither bad nor holy” — she’s just out to have a good time. Over a hard-edged dembow beat, her devil-may-care verses evoke an age-old feminist slogan addressing a sexist double-standard against women in pursuit of pleasure: “Ni santas, ni putas, sólo mujeres,” goes the saying, or “Not saints, not sluts, just women.”
As if to emphasize her point further, she goes completely solo in the video — dumping the squeaky-clean Becky Gomez we remember from her 2014 earworm, “Shower” — and executing slithery dance moves in a corset and thigh-high boots. “Te gusta el juego/Yo soy la que empieza/Pero recuerda que,” she sings: “You like the game/But I’m the one who starts it/Remember that.”
Reggaeton producers DJ Luian and Mambo Kingz leave heavy fingerprints on Gomez’s Spanish-language album, offsetting her bubblegum pop soprano with tropical panache. Mala Santa is stacked with her most standout collaborations from the past two years: including “Mayores” with Bad Bunny, and the Natti Natasha-assisted “Sin Pijama.” Rising urbano stars like Paulo Londro and Sech make cameo appearances as well, adding some dimension to the already established all-star cast. After undergoing a decade-long identity crisis — which saw her go from a YouTube cover-song artiste, to a teen Dr. Luke protegée, to an aspiring West Coast J.Lo in “Becky From the Block” — Gomez has finally found her church among the Latin urban-pop elite. With the release of Mala Santa, Gomez is canonized.
See the track list for Mala Santa below.
1. “Mala Santa”
2. “Dollar (feat. Myke Towers)”
4. “Si Si”
5. “Vámonos (feat. Sech)”
6. “Mejor Así (feat. Darell)”
8. “No Te Pertenezco”
9. “En Mi Contra”
10. “Me Acostumbré (feat. Mau y Ricky)”
11. “Ni De Ti Ni De Nadie”
12. “Subiendo (feat. Dalex)”
13. “Te Superé (feat. Zion y Lennox, Farruko)”
14. “Cuando Te Besé (feat. Paulo Londra)”
15. “Sin Pijama (feat. Natti Natasha)”
16. “Mayores (feat. Bad Bunny)”