If you say you haven’t been listening to “Despacito” all summer long, I think you’re lying. I’ve been listening to this song nonstop, and I swear to you I’ve gone to sleep humming the song; it’s that catchy.
Although “Despacito” was a song before Justin Bieber hopped on board, he definitely was the sole reason it became so popular in the United States.
Some people (me) quite enjoy the song with Bieber on it, but others are ready for him to leave the Spanish rapping scene.
Some fans of the OG “Despacito” have been letting their feelings known on Twitter:
I really wish more people would appreciate the original Despacito without Justin Bieber.
— cris (@CristinaLozania) July 1, 2017
For those of you that say Despacito would be nothing without Justin Bieber pic.twitter.com/47XIh2foIA
— Eleven Yawnez (@evelinyanes2127) June 24, 2017
Others are a bit harsher:
if you like despacito with justin bieber singing more than the original version gtfo i dont know you you uncultured swine
— nina | #BokwhoNoHero (@fujoshivibes) July 13, 2017
when the OG version of despacito without bieber gets played pic.twitter.com/P7tdKeOCwV
— lucy (@nayasrivera) July 11, 2017
Despacito was already a banger without Justin Bieber
— Jøsé Martínez (@josemmtz19) June 25, 2017
Some are thankful that Bieber turned the track into something they would actually listen to:
It took many years, but Justin Bieber finally won me over with Despacito.
But I love it without knowing all the lyrics.
— KC Sandra Poe (@poecifist) July 6, 2017
Bieber sadly messed up the “Despacito” lyrics during a live performance which really helped prove his haters right. Luis Fonsi talked to Rolling Stone about the mess up:
That chorus is not easy to sing, even for fluent Spanish singers like myself. It’s got a lot of lyrics, it’s kind of tongue-twisty.
Can’t we all be a little nicer to poor J. Biebs? It was his first time singing spanish live; he tried his best. Fonsi tried to help Bieber sound not as bad by saying,
I’ve done songs in other languages, I know how hard it is.
Everyone who helped make Bieber’s version of “Despacito” happen have come to his defense. Mauricio Rengifo, one of the producers, defended Bieber in an interview with Billboard saying,
I really feel that the fact that he made an effort to sing the song in Spanish is a sign of respect toward our culture and our language. If he didn’t care, he wouldn’t have done it in Spanish … Anyone who is successful will be criticized, and that helps the songs gain traction. But [Justin] respects Spanish so much that he recorded in Spanish. And that has to be respected.
You bet I’ve been listening to “Despacito” on repeat while writing this article, and now it’ll be in my head for the next week. No matter if you like “Despacito” with or without Biebs, can we all agree that this song is fantastic?