Papi Te Quiero

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"Papi Te Quiero"
Ivy Queen - Papi Te Quiero.jpg
Single by Ivy Queen
from the album Diva: Platinum Edition
Released January 2004
Format CD Single
Recorded 2004
Genre Reggaetón, Dancehall, Bubble-gum pop
Length 3:14 (Standard version)
3:16 (English version)
Label Universal Music Latino
Songwriter(s) Martha Pesante, Omar Navarro
Producer(s) Tony "CD" Kelly, Rafi Mercenario, Ecko
Ivy Queen singles chronology
"Quiero Saber"
"Papi Te Quiero"
"Quiero Saber"
"Papi Te Quiero"
Audio sample
A 28 second sample of the English version of "Papi Te Quiero" featuring the chorus and part of the second verse.

"Papi Te Quiero" (English: Daddy I Love You) is a song by Puerto Rican reggaetón recording artist Ivy Queen, from the platinum edition of her third studio album, Diva (2003). It was composed by Queen and her then husband Gran Omar, produced by Tony "CD" Kelly and Rafi Mercenario and released as the third single from the album in 2004. The song heavily samples Sean Paul's "Like Glue" released a year earlier. On digital editions of the album, Anthony Kelly, co-writer of "Like Glue", is credited as being featured on the song, though, provides no vocals. There is an music video associated with the song released along with the music video for the last single off the album "Tu No Puedes". In the music video, she sports the Los Angeles Lakers' women's sport outfit. Ivy Queen performed the English version of the song on ABC's Good Morning America.[1] The song was performed as a part of the set of her 2008 World Tour which was held from the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, also known as the Coliseum of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


After the failed commercial success of Ivy Queen's first two studio albums, En Mi Imperio (1997) and The Original Rude Girl (1998) Queen was dropped from the Sony label and took a hiatus from her musical career in 1999.[2] Though the moderate hit, "In The Zone" with Wyclef Jean was able to chart in the United States, the unsuccessful second single "Ritmo Latino" and the album The Original Rude Girl were not and were overlooked and soon forgotten.[2][3] However, it was critically acclaimed by many including an editor for Allmusic who awarded the album four out of five stars and listed it as an selected "Allmusic Pick".[4][5] This occurred after she left Sony and "stepped out of Wyclef Jean's shadow".[5]

In 2001 and 2002, Queen began appearing on reggaeton compilation albums spawning hits like "Quiero Bailar" from The Majestic 2 and "Quiero Saber" from Kilates. In 2003, Queen and her then-husband Gran Omar signed with Real Music, an independent label based in Miami, Florida and established by Jorge Guadalupe and Anthony Pérez.[2] They appeared on the label's first album Jams Vol. 1 which Pérez released after several major record labels turn him down. She benefited from Pérez producing the important reggaetón television show "The Roof", which aired on mun2 and detailed urban music and lifestyle by frequently appearing and performing on the show.[2][6] After the success of the album which would be certified platinum by the United States Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Ivy Queen released a platinum edition to in 2004 with bonus tracks, of those included are "Papi Te Quiero", an English version of the song and the singles "Quiero Bailar", "Quiero Saber" and "Tu No Puedes".[7][8]


Ivy Queen in the music video for "Papi Te Quiero" where in various scenes she sports the Lakers' women's sport outfit.

"Papi Te Quiero" was composed by Ivy Queen herself. It was produced by Tony "CD" Kelly and Rafi Mercenario. This was the start of a musical relationship between Queen and Mercenario, who later produced Ivy Queen's biggest hits including "Chika Ideal", "Cuéntale" and "Libertad". The song samples Sean Paul's "Like Glue" which in turn samples T.O.K.'s "Money 2 Burn". The original version of the song blends reggaeton with the beat of "Like Glue", however the English version features the same beat as "Like Glue". On digital editions of the album, Anthony Kelly, co-writer of "Like Glue", is credited as being featured on the song, though, provides no vocals. An example of this can be seen on the track "We Found Love" by Rihanna where Calvin Harris is credited as being on the song but provides no vocals.[9] "Papi Te Quiero", named one of the album's biggest hits, "pairs a straightforward love song with the well known Reggae riddim Buyout."[10]

Ramiro Burr of Billboard stated "Papi Te Quiero" shows "how effortlessly and quickly she alternately sings and raps" while claiming that she has a "distinct vocal style that evokes Gwen Stefani".[11] He also described the song as a "chart-topping single", though the song did not have any major chart success.[11] However, the song was heard on independent radio stations such as Miami's Rhythmic Top 40 WPOW station.[12] Kid Curry, PD of the station commented that the commercial failure of such songs are the fault of the record label. According to him, labels were not servicing reggaeton singles and that he was receiving them "by word-of-mouth".[12] According to a study of over 290 radio stations located in the United States and Mexico, "Papi Te Quiero" was the tenth most played tropical song of 2004.[13] Although the literal translation of "Papi Te Quiero" is "Daddy I Love You", the song is not directed towards Queen's father but more to her love interest; "Papi" in Hispanic-speaking countries can also mean "babe" or "baby".[14] "Papi Te Quiero" was selected as one of the hits from "The Golden Era of Reggaetón" which lasted from 2003 until 2007 by Jesus Trivino of Latina magazine.[15]

Track listing[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d Newman, Melinda (2004-03-06). "Reggaetón Acts Rise Up On Indie Labels". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  3. ^ Lannert, John (1999-03-24). "Ivy Queen Zones With 'Clef". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  4. ^ "The Original Rude Girl - Ivy Queen : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Ivy Queen - Diva CD Album". CD Universe. Muze Inc. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  6. ^ "The Roof Performance: Dile by Ivy Queen". Yahoo Music. Yahoo Inc. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  7. ^ "American album certifications - Ivy Queen - Diva". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click Type, then select Latin, then click SEARCH. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  8. ^ Cobo, Leila (2004-01-31). "BMG U.S. Latin Makes Cuts; Sirius Gets Serious". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  9. ^ "We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris) – Single by Rihanna". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  10. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (2004-03-28). "Music - Playlist - David Bowie, Spike Jonze and a Board". NY Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  11. ^ a b Burr, Ramiro. "The Faces of Urban Regional". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  12. ^ a b Cobo, Leila. "Reggaetón Acts Rise Up On Indie Labels". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  13. ^ Ramos, Jorge (2005-01-06). "Juan Luis y Monchy & Alexandra, entre los 20 más sonados". Hoy Digital (in Spanish). Periódico Hoy. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  14. ^ Meschino, Patricia (2004-02-26). "Reggaetón Royalty: Ivy Queen stands out among a sea of rude boys". Miami New Times. Miami New Times, LLC. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  15. ^ Trivino, Jesus (2013-04-18). "Reggaeton Performer Updates & Bios: Where Are They Now?". Latina. Latina Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  16. ^ " Papi Te Quiero: Ivy Queen: MP3 Downloads"., Inc. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  17. ^ " Papi Te Quiero Remix: Ivy Queen: MP3 Downloads"., Inc. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  18. ^ "Fito Blanko Sensi Presents Ivy Queen - Sensi Presents Ivy Queen". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-03-22.