Kendrick Lamar has also debuted his song on Y101’s Weekly Top 20.
This week on Y101’s Weekly Top 20, Despacito still reigns supremo. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are still enjoying their position at numero uno. That’s also in thanks to Justin Bieber’s feature on the track where he provides both Spanish and English verses. Meanwhile King Lamar debuts on Y101’s chart with his hit HUMBLE. Charlie Puth also made its arrival with his new song, Attention. Here are quick facts you need to know about these amazing tracks!
#1 ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber
- When asked if there was a specific lady Luis Fonsi had in mind when writing Despacito, the Puerto Rican artist replied, ‘When you write songs, you have to put a face to the lyric a little bit, but [Despacito] was such a sexy song that there wasn’t really a person. It was a scenario more than a person’.
- The genre of Despacito is obviously Latin pop, but if you ask Luis Fonsi, he would say it’s a mix between cumbia and reggae.
- Luis Fonsi said that he put the sound of the “cuatro guitar’ at the last minute. (That guitar sound you hear in the beginning of the song.) According to Fonsi, a cuatro guitar “is a really special small guitar from Puerto Rico normally used for very traditional music. But we made it fit, somehow, just to add that ethnic Puerto Rican thing to the song.”
“HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar
- On “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar challenges listeners and other rappers to be humbled by his lyrics. The video of the song features religious imagery mixed with urban life, such as Kendrick in priest’s robes and a moving re-enactment of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting The Last Supper—a juxtaposition with the concept of humility in the hook.
- The line, ‘This that Grey Poupon, that Evian, that TED Talk’ is Kendrick’s clever allusion to luxuries. Grey Poupon is a mustard brand commonly associated with wealthy men. Evian is a brand of expensive mineral water. And TED Talks are a series of intellectual seminars. These three products or experiences could be considered luxuries providing the consumer with pleasure and knowledge, which Kendrick compares to his music’s impact on the listener.
- Media outlets, fans, and social commentators have speculated that the chorus of the song is directed at rapper Big Sean, who mentioned that he was “abandoning his humble attitude” on his new songs. Sean also frequently uses the ad-libs “hol' up” and “lil' bitch,” but Kendrick is likely addressing all of his competition, not just Sean.