The Black Eyed Peas teams up with Puerto Rican reggaeton icon Ozuna and marks video debut for J. Rey Soul in the new reggaeton-house track "Mamacita."
The Spanish-English single was released yesterday, April 10, on the Black Eyed Peas' official YouTube channel. The visual aesthetics of the music video comes in the form of a spacious tropical hotel from the 60s or 70s, with female bellhops in blue and pink accompanying the artists.
"Mamacita" is the band's second single after signing with record label Epic Records in 2019. Their first Epic Records work was the collaboration with Colombian rapper J Balvin "Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)," which is a part of the official soundtrack for 2020 action-comedy film "Bad Boys for Life."
Before signing with Epic Records, Black Eyed Peas' last studio album was "Masters of the Sun Vol. 1," which was also their first in eight years and featured the rapper trio of Will.i.am, Taboo, and Apl.de.ap. Their seventh studio album was politically charged and was named after a graphic novel series.
Debuting the Peas' new vocalist
J. Rey Soul, B.E.P.'s new vocalist, sings and dances with the bellhops in the "Mamacita" music video. It marks her first appearance with the Black Eyed Peas since joining the pop group in 2018.
The new vocalist, born Jessica Reynoso, is a black Filipina singer who competed in the finals of "The Voice of the Philippines" Season 1, under Apl.de.ap's team. After joining the Philippine spin-off of popular franchise "The Voice," she signed under Apl.de.ap's record label BMBX and released her debut single, "Just Like You," featuring her mentor.
The mentor-mentee pair would travel to Los Angeles together to work on her debut album, having international performances such as the ASEAN "Be Our Rock & Pop Soul" competition in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. J. Rey Soul joined The Black Eyed Peas in 2018 and was introduced in their closing performance in the 2019 S.E.A. Games.
The New King of Reggaeton
Ozuna, born Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, is a reggaeton and Latin trap artist. Since the release of his three studio albums starting with "Odisea" in 2017, followed by "Aura" in 2018, and Nibiru last year.
It was also in last year that Ozuna overtook Justin Bieber as the artist with the most billion views on YouTube, achieving the milestone with this 7th billion-view music video with D.J. Snake's "Taki Taki" together with Selena Gomez and Cardi B.
The 28-year-old artist has also received twelve Billboard Latin Music Awards and five Billboard Music Awards in addition to his four Guinness World Records awards.
Ozuna also founded Odisea Children, a charity organization, in 2017. In a 2018 interview with Billboard, the "El Farsante" artist explained that he learned from his grandmother the value of money and making sacrifices, saying that "If God has given me this many large blessings, in such little time, why not help the people that need it?" Ozuna once called his fellow reggaeton artists for a Christmas outreach for the children in the San Jorge Hospital in Santurce, San Juan, in Puerto Rico.