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Shakira’s Co-Writer Reveals How “BZRP Music Sessions #53” Came Together

Shakira’s co-writer for “BZRP Music Sessions #53” is opening up about how the epic diss track came together. On Jan. 12, Colombian singer-songwriter Keityn offered insight into the lyrics about Shakira’s ex Gerard Piqué that have gone viral.

Keityn, who was born Kevyn Mauricio Cruz Moreno, has become one of Latine music’s go-to songwriters. He had a hand in penning global hits like Karol G and Nicki Minaj’s “Tusa,” Maluma’s “Hawái,” and “Provenza.” Most recently, Shakira enlisted Keityn to help write her recent smashes. Keityn has co-written all of Shakira’s songs that touch on her breakup with Piqué, including “Te Felicito” with Rauw Alejandro and “Monotonía” featuring Ozuna. In an interview with Molusco TV, Keityn talked about the direction Shakira wanted to take with “BZRP Music Sessions #53.”

“She wanted to go with spite since we released ‘Monotonía,’” Keityn said. “We were looking for the exact point without going too far, but not sounding soft either.” Keityn wrote “BZRP Music Sessions #53” with Shakira and Argentine producer Bizarrap. He revealed that he went along with Shakira’s ideas and what she wanted to communicate with the song. “She was clear that she wanted the song to have her stamp,” he said. “She came with a list of everything she wanted to say, so we went all out.”

Keityn also talked about some of the iconic lyrics in the song. He mentioned that the “clara-mente” wordplay was Shakira’s idea. While Shakira came up with the most biting lyrics, it was Keityn who wrote the “women don’t cry anymore, women make money” line. He also inspired the lyric that called out Piqué’s name in the song. 

“The part ‘I am worth two of 22’ would never come to my mind,” Keityn said. “It was hers. The ‘sal-pique’ thing, I think I did it. I came up with a similar idea that said, ‘this chili pepper needs more piquancy,’ and we changed it to how it was.”

Shakira’s “BZRP Music Sessions #53” with Bizarrap debuted at No. 1 on Spotify’s Global Chart last Friday. Keityn has released a few singles of his own, like “Estabilidad” and “Anoche.”