If you have four Guinness records on your name (for artists with the most videos reaching 1 billion views on YouTube, the Most Billboard Latin Music Award for a single artist in a single year wins the most Billboard Latin Music Award nominations for a Single Artist in a Single Year, and most Billboard Latin Music Awards won for a single artist in a single year, you have the right to call yourself a god of pop.
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So it was big news when Ozuna teamed up with Puerto Rican pop icon Anuel AA to release ‘Los Dioses’, their collective album full of tropical sounds that is raw and vulnerable in all the right places. Turning simple brotherly love into an amazing 12 track record, Ozuna and Anuel prove that they are at the top of their game. Now Ozuna is at the forefront of Latin American music and is busy doing other things too – including participating in the never-ending Fast & Furious franchise, which starred alongside his bestie Cardi B in the upcoming Fast & Furious 9.
He makes his continent proud, so NME met Ozuna to talk all about ‘Los Dioses’, work with Cardi B and where he believes he and the rest of Latin music will be next.
Hello Ozuna! How are you?
“The quarantine is half and half for me. Being at home with my family is very good, but I need my audience and my fans. I have to do shows, go to the studio and work. My new music is so different right now because I only have time for myself and no shows or the world. At the moment it’s half and half. “
What do you miss most about concerts?
“Concerts – this is my real life. That’s the most important thing about my career because I go to the studio to record, but I also go around the world touring and making music. I tour Europe and the USA and I miss my fans and get good vibes from them. “
Congratulations on the album ‘Los Dioses’ with Anuel AA! How did this collaboration come about?
“[For] For the past three years, fans have been waiting for this album. They needed us as a duo on an album. I didn’t plan to do the album, but every time we did music with Anuel it was the best vibe. We said, ‘Yo! Let’s do the album ‘. We’d already done collaborations like ‘Adicto’, ‘Bebé’ – I thought the fans needed it. “
Why did you call yourself “the gods”?
“Anuel chose the name, but it’s a concept. In the studio I do my work and I feel like a god in my work. So the title is a concept. A doctor is a god in a hospital; A boxer is a god in the ring. But there is still only one god in the world. “
How do you describe the music you made on ‘Los Dioses’?
“This album is old Ozuna; Ozuna Street. There’s a different mood in the music; I can do bachata, la salsa, dancehall, balada, but that was for the street. The old fans were waiting for the old Ozuna so I wanted to put that into the beats, the lyrics and the albums. “
‘Antes’ is a great club track. Are you surprised at the massive response from fans?
“[We] made this for the time. People need these songs to remind us of the old days when we got to go to the club and it’s only time for this song [to be released]. I love this song! It’s my favorite on the album. ”
People see you and Anuel like Kanye and Jay-Z of Latin American music – how does that feel?
“Anuel is really my brother. We met in 2015 and this man always had the best heart. He is a real people. I think people who know about Anuel know that. When I met him he said, “Yo, I don’t have a lot” but I said, “I have you because that’s more important.” When you have the money and the fame, not many have a brother to tell you the real thing. I just want to inspire the new artists and the next generation with this duo. “
Why do you think you are the “It” type of Latin American music?
“I have put everything in the hands of God. With my family and the right attitude, I feel much better too. I don’t think about the money and fame or being more up to date. I love the music and the culture – that’s why I do it. That’s why people love Ozuna. I do it with love. “
You’ve worked with giant stars like Cardi B – what’s it like rubbing your shoulders with the big shots?
“Cardi B is my sister. She’s gorgeous. She is like family. She doesn’t call me about work, but like, ‘How is your family? You well?’. For me she is the best woman and the most genuine woman in the world. She helped me with my career; when we went to the Billboard Awards [in 2018 [for a performance of their song ‘Modela’] While she was pregnant, I knew she was there for me. I have love for this woman!
And what does the future look like for Ozuna?
“I have my family right now. I am working on my films. I have various projects on the table. I’m currently making music, but I want to take time for myself and other projects. “
And what does the future of Latin American music look like?
“Latin music is all over the world right now. It’s the best music in the world because we got the hook; we have everything. I love American music, Arabic music, Asian music, but I think we need more cooperation around the world. Not just the melodies; We need Latin American musicians to make music with Japanese musicians so that all music can rise. I love the union so we should just be in the studio and be in a good mood. Go around the world and make that music. Tomorrow is a different day, but today you have to be happy. “