Drake’s long-awaited collaboration with Bad Bunny, ‘MIA’, was released yesterday and fans around the world are going wild with excitement about his verse in Spanish.
Lmao drake speaking Spanish my heart can’t take it 😭😭
— Symphani (@SymphaniSoto) October 11, 2018
What do Drake’s Spanish lyrics in MIA mean?
pero tú puesta pa mí. // but you’re there for me.
Haciendo que me odien más. // Making them hate me more.
Porque todos te quieren probar. // Because all the guys want to be with you.
Lo que no saben es que no te dejas llevar de cualquiera. // What they don’t know is that you don’t get carried away by anyone.
Diles que tú eres mía, mía. // Tell them that you are mine, mine.
Tú sabes que eres mía, mía. // You know that you’re mine, mine.
Tú misma lo decías // You said that yourself
cuando yo te lo hacía. // when I made it to you.
How good is Drake’s Spanish?
1. Todos están pendien(tes) de ti (All the guys are checking you out)
“Drake ‘eats up’ the syllable ‘tes’ in ‘pendientes‘. But hey, our language is long and it’s a lot of syllables to say. Also, you can still understand what he is saying.”
2. pero tú puesta pa mí (but you’re there for me)
“The phrase ‘estar puesta’ is used a fair bit in songs. Here Drake omits the ‘estar’ but it can be understood that ‘tú estás puesta pa’ mí”’is what he says. It means ‘you’re there for me’.
Also ‘pa’ means ‘para’, but it’s the colloquial way used mainly in spoken Spanish. It sounds cool in songs since it’s shorter than ‘para’.”
3. Porque todos te quieren probar. (Because all the guys want to be with you.)
“I love the little pause Drake makes when he sings ‘to-dos’. It’s so cute!”
4. Lo que no saben es que no te dejas llevar de cualquiera. (What they don’t know is that you don’t get carried away by anyone.)
“You can tell here that Drake struggles a little with one of the trickiest sounds in Spanish – ‘j’. In Puerto Rico, this is an aspirated phoneme, but the whole sentence has a nice rhythm when he sings it.”
5. Lo que no saben es que yo hoy te voy a buscar. (What they don’t know is that today I’m going to look for you.)
“Here Drake struggles a little bit with the sound ‘y’, but the whole rhythm of the sentence sounds natural in the context of a song.”
6. Diles que tú eres mía, mía. (Tell them that you are mine, mine.)
“Here he eats the –s in ‘diles’. The word ‘dile’ exists, but it won’t make sense that he first refers to a group ‘todos’ (all the guys) and now he refers to just one guy.”