Whether you’re a fan of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” or not, there’s no arguing it was 2017’s song of the summer — it was everywhere, all the time. But as we enter the fall months here in the northern hemisphere, the track’s ubiquity has dulled its gleam, and so the time has come to send off the breakout Spanish record.
Thankfully, rising Korean musicians Bigman and Hiss just delivered its rightful swan cover: “Despacito” beatboxed. Together, Daeung Yun (Bigman) and Hyeonseo Choe (Hiss) trade singing, percussion, and horn duties, occasionally harmonizing the lyrics, and by the time the second chorus rolls around the duo begin to add their own flair to the track’s reggaeton sound.
Check out the remarkable cover below:
Earlier this month, Bigman, an 18-year-old high school senior, stopped by The Ellen Show to display his beatboxing skills. His first time visiting the United States, Bigman explained how the people he saw in Santa Monica wore more revealing clothing than he is accustomed to in South Korea, and so he “didn’t know where to put his eyes.”
Hiss, who was born in 2000, competed in the Grand Beatbox SHOWCASE Battle 2017 back in March, taking home second place.
After 16 weeks on top of the Hot 100, tied for the longest reign in the chart’s history, “Despacito” currently sits in the fifth spot, partly in thanks to the historic ascent of Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow.”