Nothing makes you think so Where I Wanna Be is the first album. But, as very unique as it is, it is. Its background, its finishes, the names with which it is composed and the way it is presented make Quevedo, the golden boy of Spanish music, a first album necessarily special because of the circumstances that marked its previous episodes and that animate each of its movements, and make this one, without a doubt, the most relevant.
The artist from the Canary Islands, who went from being a faceless young man who was adept at rap to a global star in a year thanks to the success of the song known as Quédate with Bizarrap (the most listened song in the world for several weeks), had to reaffirm in action Long though his 2022 madness wasn’t just spontaneous. Accompanied by the unique timbre of his voice, Quevedo took up the challenge and rightly believed that the best – though certainly not the easiest – thing to do A proud album, of course, but also a very honest and down-to-earth one.
It was impossible to do without the pride, spice (like the pronounced “Punto G”), vanity and “confrontation” (understanding of emptiness) in urban genres in which it is almost a hereditary condition. And even more so, who can boast of having achieved unimaginable things in popularity. But Where I Want To Be is the incredible journey of a 21-year-old boy Clear doubts, longing and irremediable decisionsHe is also his response to all of this.
Your place is the Canary Islands, his music is one in which he does not hide all of the above, and evokes an empathetic response from the listener. “2021 sow, 2022 collection, 2023 crown, 2024 vanishes,” he sums up in “Now what” and that explains a little bit of everything, especially those “disappears.”
“Ahora qué” is the first song on the album (16 tracks in total, with four collaborations) after “Letter” by canary rapper Cruz Cafuné, an arena standard, which serves as a blessing and affirmation for the entire Canarian musical movement. on this issue Quevedo looks back He remembers what it is impossible for him to forget because it happened so recently: beginnings, colleagues, and his grateful memory of them all.
Quickly, he is interrupted by a reggaetón yearning for human warmth (Yankee) of which there are several doses on the album. “Donde quiero estar” contains a lot of reggaeton beats and surprising brush strokeslike the rocker Blue Lights, in which he reveals his relationship to the stormy and sudden fame (“I think everything is moving around me; I don’t know if I’m the monster, it doesn’t let me sleep; they yell at me, they look at me, what they want From me? For so long the only thing I want is to survive”).
He also derails on “Me falta algo,” a piece featuring the Spanish National Orchestra, whose laudable packaging and lyrics speak of rupture and emptiness. Separation is the subject of “Lady,” an accessory to his collaboration with Omar Montes.
Production is helmed by fellow Linton, though producer Ovy On The Drums is also present on some pieces, such as the fine piece designed for Perreo’s ‘Wanda’. The album closes with the song “Where I Want to Be”, a candid rendition that, in addition to several choreographed themes of desire, underpins testimony and the most interesting idea on the album, the one that comes out of vertigo created by anyone’s amazing year. “It’s amazing to see ‘sold out’ after each ‘offer’ is announced; but I have more depression at the end of each ‘offer’; and this weekend I travel, Mom, I have another ‘offer’; and I swear to myself I won’t make another Quevedo sings.