January 19th, 2006

kusanagi: sometimes it's true

Residente Calle 13 "Atrévete, te, te"

As part of my ongoing effort to learn Spanish, I've decided to do weekly translations of some of my favorite songs. I chose a difficult one to start. It's filled with strange Puerto Rican constructions, pronunciation and subtle cultural references. (I'm not cranky because it took me most of the freakin' day to translate. Oh, no. However, the next translation will be a salsa song featuring clear pronunciation and correct grammar.)

It belongs to the genre called reggaeton, or Latin hip-hop. The song is catchy, upbeat and funny. You can download and listen to it here (MP3, 4.6 MB, and the usual YouSendIt restrictions apply), or simply read the lyrics and translation beneath the cut. It's not a strictly literal translation. I tried to make it about the same level of colloquial English as it is in Spanish. I welcome feedback and constructive criticism.

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