Tusa is a reggaeton song by Trinidadian-American rapper, Nicki Minaj, and Colombian singer Karol G. It is the first collaboration between the two artists. Besides the two ladies, two male producers were involved – Ovy on the Drums and Keityn. Republic Records, Universal Music Group, and Universal Music Latino released the song in 2019. Karol G also put the song on her third studio album, KG0516.
How to Download Karol G, Nicki Minaj – Tusa
You can download the song from a digital store such as Amazon Music or Apple Music – click on the Download button that is located below this review. If you like Karol G – check out also Créeme and Secreto. Fans of Nicki Minaj will love Bed and Barbie Dreams.
The Song Review
The song’s title, Tusa, is Colombian slang for heartache. The way Karol G processes this heartache is very different from how Nicki Minaj deals with it.
Karol G’s part, entirely in Spanish, is from the girl’s perspective, who wants to convince herself that she has moved on from her past relationship. It is suggested that the relationship was not healthy, and her ex-boyfriend took advantage of her. This is the English translation of one of the lines:
“She’s tough and he took advantage.”
The woman knows that this man is not worth her tears, but she still finds it difficult to forget about him. No matter how hard she tries, she still gets sad when she listens to the song that reminds her of him.
Lyrically and tonally, this is in sharp contrast to Nicki Minaj’s part, who is very confident that she has moved on and found someone who deeply cares for her.
“Cause it’s a new day, I’m in a new place”
This line is quite possibly a reference to Nicki Minaj’s relationship with her husband, Kenneth Petty. Minaj also raps in Spanish, which will be a lovely surprise to many of her fans.
Tusa is a song about women dealing with the aftermath of a tough breakup. Karol G’s bit captures the feeling of longing and missing someone who was once an essential part of your life, whereas Nicki Minaj’s role is that of a woman realizing her worth and moving on from a toxic partner.
Tusa – Video Interpretation
Filmed in Los Angeles and directed by Mike Ho, the music video for Tusa was released through Karol G’s YouTube Channel. The video begins with Karol G being surrounded by dancers – all of whom are women. There is not a single man in the entire video. It is a very tasteful celebration of women.
The pinkish hues give an almost dreamy look, possibly reflecting Karol G’s state of mind, as she still feels emotionally vulnerable and in love with the man who wronged her. She is also seen with a Pegasus (a mythical winged divine horse), which perhaps shows the inherent power and grace of a woman who loves deeply.
- It is the first collaboration between Karol G and Nicki Minaj. Fans will be excited to see their favorite artists share the screen.
- The set designers seem to have gone overboard with the color pink, and it starts to look slightly gaudy after one point.