Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Explained | The Process | GQ

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • On this episode of “The Process,” Luis Fonsi explains how he wrote the smash hit “Despacito.” The chorus of “Despacito” came to Puerto Rican superstar Luis Fonsi one morning after waking up. That afternoon, he had a hit waiting to be heard. He co-wrote the song with Panamanian singer and songwriter Erika Ender. “Despacito” was the best-selling and most-streamed single of 2017 in the US and is certified 8x Platinum. The remix featuring vocals from Justin Bieber was nominated for three Grammys, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The original production with Daddy Yankee won four awards at the Latin Grammy Awards including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Urban Fusion/Performance, and Best Short Form Music Video. Luis Fonsi explains the process of writing the song lyrics, the influences in the beat, and the story behind the album art. Find out how Justin Bieber came to be featured on the remix and what it was like shooting the music video in Puerto Rico.Still haven’t subscribed to GQ on YouTube? ►► GQFor more than 50 years, GQ has been the premier men’s magazine, providing definitive coverage of style, culture, politics and more. In that tradition, GQ’s video channel covers every part of a man’s life, from entertainment and sports to fashion and grooming advice. So join celebrities from 2 Chainz, Stephen Curry and Channing Tatum to Amy Schumer, Kendall Jenner and Kate Upton for a look at the best in pop culture. Welcome to the modern man’s guide to style advice, dating tips, celebrity videos, music, sports and more. Fonsi: “Despacito” Explained | The Process | GQ


  • Kingnugget
    Kingnugget  a years ago +111

    He speaks English and Spanish so fluently

  • Victoria M
    Victoria M  a years ago +196

    "we are latin, we dance... if you don't dance you're weird" I wish the whole world thought this way haha

  • Joey Ladd
    Joey Ladd  a years ago +77

    He speaks great English and Spanish

  • Val Halla
    Val Halla  a years ago +250

    His enthusiasm is infectious 😊

  • i Zes
    i Zes  a years ago +175

    The way he knew Daddy Yankee would take this beat to another level is so satisfying

  • Magowls08
    Magowls08  a years ago +97

    This made me appreciate the song more...the process and the fact that so many people worked and put their souls into it is incredibly inspiring! Thank you.

  • I Wish For Freedom
    I Wish For Freedom  a years ago +212

    Hmm such a chill guy.

  • TheHunkIsSprunk
    TheHunkIsSprunk  a years ago +174

    He needs to hit the studio with Enrique ASAP

  • Naranjina
    Naranjina  a years ago +41

    He's a true artist, he can sing, he can dance, he can play the guitar AND he's humble and appreciative of his success

  • Aaron John
    Aaron John  a years ago +122

    He explained awesome

  • sweetiiey
    sweetiiey  a years ago +50

    Like how can you not love him? I want to be one of his friends

  • nobody survives even one bit

    I guess its safe to say the video is no.1 in youtube.

  • Syeda Amna
    Syeda Amna  a years ago +40

    He makes such good music by mouth

  • Elixx
    Elixx  a years ago +95

    this was a well-produced video, good stuff GQ.

  • surimaribo24
    surimaribo24  a years ago +16

    THIS DUDE is simply amazing men they should had gotton the grammy for this joint

  • Karen C
    Karen C  a years ago +48

    I feel like a proud mom

  • Atha Altaf
    Atha Altaf  a years ago +18

    Don't worry LOUIS FONSI , we are trying to take it up to 6billion , keep claim

  • LA Bronx
    LA Bronx  a years ago +42

    he explains it so well 😍

  • Kung-Fu Kenny Family
    Kung-Fu Kenny Family  a years ago +28

    I see Luis Fonsi I click quick not Despacito

  • MySisterIsAFoodie
    MySisterIsAFoodie  a years ago +49

    More than half the world's population has watched Despacito?