Produced by frequent Tangana collaborator Alizzz, “No Te Debí Besar” is a psychological thriller of a reggaeton track: faint echoes of piano accentuate the vocalists’ cloak-and-dagger lyrics. “I come to you like a matador,” purrs Tangana in Spanish. “Prepared for the worst/Your love is like a bad pain.”
Paloma Mami plays a deceptively doe-eyed femme fatale in the video, artfully directed by Madrid filmmaker Rogelio Gonzalez. A desperate Tangana repeatedly struggles to reach her; just as soon as he gets close, he’s accosted by a violent mob. Posing fiercely with a pack of white German Shepherds, Paloma Mami flips the script on him in English. “Bebecito, don’t gas yourself/I got you like everyone else,” she boasts. “I have you under my spell/You’re not the only one.”
This song marks the first collaboration between the two urban artists. “I was amazed by [Tangana’s] creativity and the way his mind works,” Paloma Mami tells Rolling Stone over email. “He is a musical genius!”
Tangana has been indulging his dark side heavily over the past year. Following the release of Rosalía’s acclaimed LP, El Mal Querer, on which he co-wrote several songs, Tangana has distilled many of his own noir-laden singles: including 2018’s “Un Veneno” and 2019’s “Para Repartir.” He’s also worked on songs with Becky G and Miguel. A representative for Tangana tells Rolling Stone he’s got further collaborations with Latin artists in store for the fall.