Shakira released Dónde Están Los Ladrones? as her fourth studio album in 1998 with Emilio Estefan acting as the album's executive producer.
After coming home from a tour for her previous album, Pies Descalzos, Shakira arrived at the El Dorado International Airport in Colombia to find that her suitcase containing the lyrics to her songs had been stolen. The incident inspired Shakira to write Dónde Están Los Ladrones? which directly translates to "Where are the thieves?"
Despite the unfortunate event that sparked its conception, the album went on to climb Billboard charts and earned a Grammy nomination. Sonically, the album explores a variety of sounds rooted in Latin pop, rock and Middle Eastern music as the Colombian singer-songwriter drew inspiration from her own Colombian and Lebanese background. As a fan of traditional rock music and bands like The Beatles, Nirvana, The Police, Led Zeppelin and more, Shakira used her familiarity of the genre to guide several of the album's titles.