After the release of his fourth extended play, Chiquito, Cuco released several songs and collaborations. In 2018, he collaborated with Clairo on a non-album single called “Drown” as well as with Polyphia on a track called “So Strange” off their album New Levels New Devils. In 2019, he collaborated with his childhood Chicano rap idols MC Magic and Lil Rob on a track called “Search”. Cuco signed with Interscope Records in March 2019 after a bidding war that lasted two years. On April 2, 2019, Cuco released the lead single for his album, “Hydrocodone” as well as “Bossa No Sé” featuring Jean Carter on May 22, 2019.
Para Mi received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 68, based on 10 reviews. Mark Richardson of Wall Street Journal deemed the album “charmingly loose and endearingly quirky,” while Suzy Exposito of Rolling Stone wrote that Cuco “transmutes various pop methodologies to create his own blend of burnout soul. Hua Hsu from The New Yorker expressed that” Banos’s identity comes out, subtly, through language and his affection for tender, tear-jerking soul ballads. “Safiya Hopfe from Exclaim! described the album as” rhythmically punchy and melodically smooth “and insisted that Cuco” juggles catchiness and variability without dropping the ball .
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