By the time you read this, Becky G’s sophomore album will air worldwide, called Project Curved Genre. scheme. The Mexican-American star is responsible for some of what’s going on today in Top Latin Songs, but he didn’t always switch between two cultures so easily. She told Bustle, “I flunked Spanish in school because I was so Spanish. Chicana was not Spanish, where we use words like mercado. About “mercado”, which I learned literally two weeks ago, is not a real word.
California-born Rebecca Marie Gomez achieved mainstream success at the age of 17 with the multi-platinum certified “Shower,” Sugar Sweet Pop. “That’s when I realized, wow, if I don’t get over this fear of speaking Spanish [imperfectly], I’m never going to achieve something that has always been my dream,” says the now 25-year-old singer-songwriter. “I’ve always dreamed of playing Spanish music.”
Her insecurities nearly stopped her in her tracks, but she worked with composers to hone her language skills, the likes of Saúl Alexander Castillo Vásquez, Stephen Domínguez, and Martín Rodríguez Vicente, before her release. Her first Spanish single In 2016, “Sola“.
Now, six years later, she has received 14 awards and the critically acclaimed 2019 Gomez debut album, ready for her next act. Scheme (“Schemes” in English), which was recorded entirely in Spanish, began shooting in March with the TikTok-viral “Mami,” which features Colombian singer Carol J. At Coachella, the latter invited Gómez onstage to perform the song live for the first time.
The remaining 14-track album contains a dizzying array of mixed reggaeton, racy pop ballads and club-ready dance beats, many from former producer Ovy On the Drums. The setlist features stars El Alfa, Guaynaa, Natti Natasha, and Elena Rose, and feels so musically diverse, it could be a playlist on its own.