Earlier this year we saw the magic that can happen when an English-speaking pop icon collaborates with other artists on a Spanish track. Justin Bieber’s involvement with Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” helped the song skyrocket to number one, becoming the first song to ever reach three billion views on YouTube.
Now Beyoncé is jumping on a track by another Puerto Rican artist, this time teaming up with J Balvin and Willy William. The genre-bending song “Mi Gente,” which is comprised of sounds inspired by African, Spanish and Caribbean music, was already in the Billboard Top 20 and is now likely to hit number one thanks to Bey’s involvement.
The new remix has more going for it than just an infectious beat. Bey rewrote some of the lyrics, personalizing the song and giving her hometown of Houston a shout out, with the city recently ravaged by Hurricane Irma. Beyoncé quickly began rallying in August to help raise money for her hometown and is now doing the same thing for the people of Puerto Rico, who have been devastated by the latest hurricane.
Beyoncé announced on her Instagram page that all the proceeds from “Mi Gente,” or “My People” will be donated to relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Mexico and other affected Caribbean islands.