The song is a battle of the sexes, where the singers croon back-and-forth about their relationship. Shakira has moved her hips
to great effect in the past and here she is a temptress, seducing Maluma without making clear to the reggaeton prince where he stands with her. The song title is Spanish for "blackmail."
"'Chantaje' is so smooth and sexy and modern and different and simple, minimalistic," Shakira the New York Times
. "I wanted to give it a different spin, where the girl is the mean one, because I'm tired of hearing songs where women complain about how mistreated they feel. This time, I wanted to take control. I wanted to represent the mean one in the relationship - the careless one, the free-spirited one."