What does Mi Gente mean?
Literally meaning "my people" in Spanish, "Mi Gente" is a hit 2017 reggaeton song, latter remixed with Beyoncé ... so it's awesome.
When not rocking out to the song, Spanish speakers widely use mi gente when referring to family, friends, and other national, ethnic, and cultural groups.
Examples of Mi Gente
Where does Mi Gente come from?
In Spanish, mi gente literally translates to “my people” or “my folks”—and that’s exactly how Spanish speakers use it for friends, family, compatriots, communites, and fans, at least for the famous people. In the song “Mi Gente,” it’s all of the above.
Released in June, 2017 by Colombian singer J Balvin and French singer Willy William as remix of the latter’s “Voodoo Song,” “Mi Gente” calls on “my people” to get the party jumping. As the hook goes: “¿Y dónde está mi gente? (And where are my people?) / Say yeah yeah yeah.”
The song went to #19 on the Billboard Top 100. The video was a smash hit, too, the ninth most liked on YouTube and with nearly two billion views as of 2018. It shows people of different ages, genders, and races dancing along to the beat against colorful backdrops.
A September, 2017 remix of the song with Beyoncé made “Mi Gente” even hotter on the charts. This version toppled the summer’s indefatigable “Despacito” on the Billboard‘s Hot Latin charts and climbed to #3 on Billboard overall. All proceeds from the remix went to charities helping the parts of the Caribbean ravaged by hurricanes that summer.
Who uses Mi Gente?
In everyday Spanish, people use mi gente as a greeting (e.g., Hola, mi gente!) or to refer to a group of people they strongly identify with (“Toda mi gente están en esta fiesta,” or “All of my people are at this party”).
#TianaSmalls did not have to do what she did. She courageously put her Black life in danger for us. Thank you for standing up for mi gente, Tiana. Mi gente: please pay it forward & stand up for Black women when the time comes. These times call for us to #ResistAndReciprocate✊🏽
— #RESIST✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻✊ (@FreeYourMind79) June 9, 2018
Otherwise, expect “Mi Gente” to be bumping to the infectious rhythm of the hit song. At the 2018 Coachella music festival, Beyoncé notably performed the remix.
— billboard (@billboard) April 22, 2018
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