“Perra” appears on J Balvin’s latest album Joseph, released in September. The video, in which black women were portrayed as dogs, premiered in mid-October and was quickly condemned for its footage, including from the singer’s mother. In his apologies, Balvin said he deleted the video “in the form of respect.”
In an interview with Rolling stone, Tokischa said the video was intended to emphasize the track’s pun. “It was very conceptual. If you as a creative have a song about dogs, you’re going to create this world, ”she said. She also told the outlet that she was not involved in the decision to remove the video.
Raymi Paulus, who directed the video, also offered Rolling stone an explanation of the choice of the actors of the production:
The Dominican Republic is a country where the majority of the population is black and our Blackness is predominant in the underground scenes, where the filming took place, and which was the subject of inspiration for the video. “Perra” was a video shot in the neighborhood, with people from the neighborhood, and the use of people of color in “Perra” was nothing more than the participation of our people.