With Sasha Pavlovic hysteria sweeping New England, it’s easy to forget about some of the other new Celtics. So here’s a refresher that Carlos Arroyo, a player you never really liked that much but now have to, is a serious reggaeton artist in his home commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Here’s his biggest single, “Se Va Conmigo,” which Google translates to “It Goes Away With Me.”
Like many rap videos Carlos Arroyo has seen, “It Goes Away With Me” starts with a timestamp on the screen even though what follows is not really interesting enough to be timestamped. The song seems to be about how Carlos Arroyo BBMs ladies on his way to a poker game in a guy’s pantry, and how that affects him emotionally, featuring Yomo. Some kind of twist happens at the end (I think the girl he was BBMing turns out to be the pantry owner’s girlfriend), and whatever it is causes Carlos great anxiety. The one basketball reference is when he might be doing a shooting motion at 3:54.
My brother is a Spanish scholar and he says the song is about “arroyo saying that he ‘swears this woman is leaving with him.’ and he talks about about how they are going to dance and how they are both going to go crazy with emotion for each other” (sic). Also according to my brother, the scenes in the poker pantry involve Carlos Arroyo going all in on a bet the old guy makes, saying “no tiene nada,” which means “he’s got nothing.” Carlos is right and he wins the bet, but then the girlfriend shows up and the old man smugly says “When are we playing the next hand?” So he got the best of Carlos Arroyo in his own video even though he lost the hand, basically.
Because he’s a basketball player and has no singing experience, Carlos autotunes the crap out of himself, which is the right thing to do. He also wears a suit with black Vans, which is probably not the right thing to do but I’m not qualified to weigh in on that. Overall, he and Yomo seemed to have a lot of fun making this video, and the song is not terrible as far as reggaeton goes. It’s not as good as Daddy Yankee, but it’s better than I-don’t-know-any-other-reggaeton-artists.
“It Goes Away With Me” makes Arroyo the second professional rapper on the Celtics roster, along with the person who wrote the historic lyrics that changed music history forever:
I dribble rhymes like basketball-ems
People call me E.T.
(What’s that, Shaq?)
Who’s better? Tough to choose. I’ll go with Shaq because he threatens to spread his enemies on a bagel and because I can understand what he’s saying. But they’re both great. Who you got?