Carlos Santana & Wyclef Jean React To DJ Khaled's 'Wild Thoughts'
By Isha Thorpe
June 21, 2017
The catchy smash has been in our heads and ears nonstop ever since it dropped. The main reason it's such a feel-good song is because it samples Carlos Santana's 1999 "Maria Maria" featuring The Product G&B. Santana cleared the remake and issued a statement to Billboard about Khaled, Rihanna and Tiller's using the beat for their new single.
"There is a reason that the infectious groove/theme that Wyclef and I created on 'Maria Maria' still resonates today," Santana said in a statement. "It speaks to the heart. DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson take that vibe and bring it to a new dimension with 'Wild Thoughts,' but the groove and essence of the song is still intact."
He added: "'Maria Maria' was and will always be that feel-good summer song that speaks to women, and 'Wild Thoughts' is an extension of that summer song vibe that is timeless. I am honored that DJ Khaled, Rihanna & Bryson felt the intense intentionality of 'Maria Maria' and have shared this summer vibe with the world.”
Wyclef Jean continued: "It's great to see my work being sampled by this new generation. Many thanks to DJ Khaled for introducing me, Santana and [producer] Jerry Wonda to a whole new generation of music lovers."
Get all the feels and listen to both "Maria Maria" and "Wild Thoughts" below.
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