Sean Paul & J Balvin – “Contra La Pared” (Official Video)

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Dancehall king Sean Paul and reggaeton royal J Balvin released visuals for their latest track, “Contra La Pared,” which means “Against the Wall.” The duo had previously joined forces on the 2017 Major Lazer song “Buscando Huellas.”

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In the Tainy-produced reggaeton-hall track, Balvin calls to mind an old Spanish nursery rhyme in the chorus, in which he tells a demanding lover that she has his back against the wall: “Cúcara, mácara, dique fue,” he sings, “Ya me tiene’ contra la pared.” Between playful verses in Patois, Paul sings the chorus in Spanish as well, and without missing a beat.

Directed by Andy Hines (Big Sean, Logic), the new video sees the superstars and their dance crew circle Utah’s Lake Powell in dune buggies — sporting designer puffy jackets and snow pants. According to Paul, however, the winter wardrobe was purely incidental: “When we decided to shoot in the dessert [sic] in Utah & Arizona I thought it would be hot!! But it was freezin!!!” he wrote in a comment on YouTube. “The vid came out hot though! Me and Balvin been talking about doin a collab for years!”

“It was great working with J Balvin,” Paul said earlier in a press release. “He’s a star from the Latin world who has such a great knowledge and respect for dancehall music… When the dons of dancehall and Latin team up, the result is pure fire!”

“Working with Sean Paul was a real blessing,” added Balvin, a professed longtime fan of Paul’s. “Since reggaeton obviously has strong roots [in] reggae, it was really exciting to bring our worlds together.”

Dutty rocker Paul has boasted a slew of hit singles in the past few years, from the international Number One success of Sia’s “Cheap Thrills,” to his Dua Lipa-assisted track, “No Lie.” After having just featured alongside Selena Gomez in the Tainy and Benny Blanco cut, “I Can’t Get Enough,” Balvin will continue work on the follow-up to his hit-laden LP, Vibras, which was named one of Rolling Stone‘s 50 Best Albums of 2018


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