Editors’ Notes “It's really a whole new wave,” Kristopher Nava tells Apple Music. The voice and guiding force behind modern regional Mexican act T3r Elemento sees his latest album as a reflection of more than just the massively popular rise of his young generation of corridos artists. “The reason why I called this album Our Wave Nuestra Ola is because every song that we put onto it has its own feelings,” he says. “It's dope.” Working with fresh new musicians as well as some proven songwriters in the genre, he approaches a wide range of themes with skill and flair that’s rare for someone barely into his twenties. Even amid the hardcore trap vibes of “Tiré Bolsitas,” Nava leaves some room on the album for songs that speak directly to matters of the heart, albeit on his own terms. “I'm not a romantic person, but I love doing romantic songs,” he says. His unmistakable talent for the format comes through on both the subversive “Lo Mejor de Mi Vida” and the emotional devastation of “Que Te Vas,” as well as the more conventional “Contigo Ya Me Veo.” Here, he goes through the stories behind each song on Our Wave Nuestra Ola.

Amigos de la Muerte
“It's a song that's ready for war. We're ready for anything that's trying to stop us from being who we are or doing what we want to do. It's about like some crazy people—we have vests, we got some guns, all this other stuff that's violent. But it's really just for the hype, you know?”

“It's about a kid that, from a young age, likes to work. He didn't have that much, no good clothes or stuff like that. But he just hustled for everything he wanted. On top of that, he never, ever gave up. He just did him, trying to hustle for himself and the fam.”

The King of Ice
“I’ve already worked with Lenin Ramírez a few times—‘Hierba De Receta,’ ‘Rolling One’—but I feel like this one was more special to both of us. We got it from the same writer that wrote ‘Aerolínea Carrillo’ [from 2018’s The Green Trip]. We were trying to aim for another hit song, something big again. We were aiming for that same type of style, that same type of idea. But songs have to speak for themselves. Honestly, Lenin is a very cool person. He is very humble and very chill.”

Lo Mejor de Mi Vida
“The ideas and everything that I put into that song, I don't think any other song on the album has that same vibe. It’s talking about a girl, explaining himself to a girl and how he feels to her—but in weed form. 'You're the blend that gets me high, you’re the greenness that I see in the weed, like in your eyes,' little things like that. He’s explaining to her how much he loves her, but in a way of weed. When you hear the song, the whole time you thinking that he's talking about a girl, but he's talking about both weed and a girl.”

Ojitos de Miel
“The way the musicians also played these songs, they put a lot of feeling into it. So this one was very dope. It’s about this guy being in love with this girl. He doesn't want her to leave him. He doesn't want her to go out with somebody else. He's dying for her kiss, dying to be with her, and dying to just be the only one that she looks for.”

Tiré Bolsitas
“It's like a trap rap, but in Spanish. You got this gangster that’s living life off of the streets, flipping twenties and selling these fives. He’s just trying to get his money so he can re-up, and also give some money to his mom. He's living this hustler life, trying to just gain money and be cool. I'm really a fan of trap music or music that has to do with moving drugs, or even how drugs feel. That's honestly what people love nowadays.”

Que Te Vas
“That's going to be the one to make everybody cry and fill their liver with liquor. It's about a guy explaining that his loved one left. She’s never going to come back. She told him not to text her. All the photos, everything from WhatsApp, that's all gone. Me and you are not a thing no more. Once people hear the first two sentences of the song, they're going to know right away that it’s heartbreaking. That song is going to help a lot of people get through those hard times and bad relationships. Hopefully nobody goes crazy off of it.”

Dos Hermanos
“It's a song about two brothers that travel the world, become a business together, and fuck shit up in the industry to make money together. They lived with each other, ate with each other, did everything with each other. They were inseparable, unstoppable together. In a way, it’s about a reflective story on how people would have seen their lost one, maybe even a brother that they never had but wished they had.”

Contigo Ya Me Veo
“It's about a guy. He sees this girl and he's like, 'I see myself with you, I see my life with you, I see everything with you.' It’s pretty, a simple song. I don't really try to put so many romantic songs onto any of my albums, but romantic songs are cool.”

Hoy en Día
“They’re praying on your downfall, waiting for that one moment for you to slip. This song also talks about all the things I had in my life, that I worked for these things. It wasn't given to me; everything comes with a hustle. The haters don't want to see you do good. They just want to take from you. They don't want to be on your side. They want to see you on the other side where you cannot eat. I just made the best out of it throughout the years and I keep pushing forward.”

Tú Tienes la Culpa
“This song is like, ‘You’re the reason why I'm so in love with you and desperate at the same time. You're so beautiful, but you have all these reasons of why I shouldn’t feel the way I feel. Because I'm not who you are, like you're better than me. I just want to be with you.’ I have a lot of those songs, low-key, when I think about it.”


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