The Karol G and Shakira-powered new single “TQG” is the savage Latin breakup anthem we didn’t know we needed.
Both singers have had their share of heartbreak, with Shakira’s being more recent. In fact, it’s been all over the news recently, but in case you’re wondering, Shakira’s relationship with ex-partner, Gerard Piqué, who she shares two children with, ended in June 2022 after 11 years. On the other hand, Karol G also had a somewhat messy breakup with Puerto Rican rapper Anuel AA a few years ago. It wasn’t long after the split that Anuel AA moved on with Dominican rapper Yailin La Más Viral, whom he married and divorced within a mere nine months, but not before getting her pregnant.
But these two global Latin stars are converting their heartbreaks into dollar bills. Shakira paved the way this year with her massively successful single “BZRP Music Session #53.” The diss track featured scathing lines and topped several Billboard charts.
Sang entirely in Latin, “TQG” – acronyms for “Te Quedó Grande” (which roughly means “too much for you to handle”) – is about moving on from someone who broke your heart, only for them to be stuck reliving their moments with you.
“Whoever told you that a void is filled with another person is lying to you / It’s like covering up a wound with makeup / You can’t see it, but you can feel it,” the translated version of Karol G’s opening verse goes. She then goes on to bring on the burn by singing that her ex-lover left claiming that they’ve gotten over her, only to continue looking at all her stories, despite having a new girlfriend.
The chorus sees her asking her ex-lover why he can’t move on with his new lover, “What are you doing looking for me, honey / If you know that I don’t repeat mistakes.”
When it got to Shakira’s verse, we see a bit of recent memory make it into her lines, that is, if you remember how viral Piqué flashing his new girlfriend on his social media accounts went. “And what your girlfriend slayed at me, that doesn’t anger me, it makes me laugh,” she sings.
Karol G then kind of supported Shakira’s famous line from “BZRP Music Session #53” – the one that goes, “women don’t cry anymore, women generate money” – when she sings, “I changed my route / Making money like sport.”
The accompanying video shows Karol G and Shakira dancing through the empowering single the way that only Latin dancers can, with the two often taking turns at wowing the viewers with their incredible dance moves.