Who Is Aldo Ranks? Meet Karol G’s ‘WATATI’


On June 15, Karol G officially became a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world when she dropped her single “WATATI,” the second single off of the Barbie movie soundtrack following Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night.” 

The Colombian star, however, was not alone entering the Barbie realm, as she reeled in Panamanian artist Aldo Ranks for the Ovy on the Drums-produced collaboration that fuses hard-hitting reggaeton with EDM tones, and is home to flirty lyrics about having a good time at the club. “Papi, let’s go to the club to have a good time/ A lot of smoke, Aguardiente to get dizzy/ And wow, dance all the way to the floor, that the whole world/ Knows that dancing you’re a murderer,” goes part of the lyrics. 

Ranks also makes a cameo in the totally plastic and pink-tastic music video starring the Bichota.

Marking one of his major career collaborations, the opportunity happened after the Colombian artist personally privately messaged Ranks on Instagram, inviting him to be on the song because she grew up listening to his music. According to an interview with a local Colombian reporter, Ranks didn’t know the tune was for the soundtrack, and that it was a huge project. The song is named after one of Ranks’ popular phrases — “watatin!”  

“WATATI” has so far reached No. 12 on Latin Digital Song Sales on the chart dated July 1, and has put Ranks on the radar for a new generation of fans. 

Below, check out five things to know about the veteran Panamanian star.

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