This country-meets-hip-hop collaboration finds Mexican rapper Gera MX and Regional Mexican star Christian Nodal mixing their genres. When the song debuted at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated May 8, 2021, it became the first regional Mexican release to enter the list since it started in 1958.
Gera MX and Christian Nodal are longtime friends and this song came together organically as they played around together in the studio. "The idea of us recording together wasn't planned. We weren't thinking of releasing anything," Nodal told Billboard
. "It was just two 'compas' having fun."
The breakup song's title translates into English as "Bottle After Bottle." It tells the story of Gera MX and Christian Nodal drowning their sorrows with their drinking pals as they try in vain to forget their ex. The two heartbroken artists cannot erase the memory of her from their minds.
Gera told Billboard he believes the song's global appeal is because it has soul. "I wrote it thinking about someone very important to me, and people can tell that it hurt me a lot," he said. "I can't find any other explanation and it's beautiful. You're not only showing off your artistic side but also your human side."
Erick Gutierrez Cervantes and Edgar Barrera-co-produced the country-tinged slice of traditional Mexican music with hip-hop beats. Nodal told Billboard that when he arrived in the studio, he already had the riffs and chorus. After recording his part, he helped Gera with some melodies who then rapped his rhymes over them. Nodal then asked Cervantes and Barrera to assist with the production. "My initial guitar chords were left in the background," he said. "Edgar added some country guitar riffs and Luis handled the mix."
Nodal is a regular visitor to Billboard's Hot Latin Songs, and this song is his 15th on the chart. For Gera it was his first appearance on the tally.