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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