Puerto Rico is still rebuilding from the devastation left by Hurricane Maria. English-speaking fans will no doubt remember earlier Latin-pop booms, as when Ricky Martin and Shakira broke out in the United States in the late ’90s and early 2000s — and were quickly urged to adapt their sounds to American tastes. In wake of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s 2017 hit Despacito,” though, the generation led by Balvin and Bad Bunny rarely sing or rap in English (even as they attract English-speaking stars like Beyoncé for remixes).
Now that millions of people can identify him, his style occasionally becomes fodder for online trolls who question his masculinity or sexuality. (See almost any of his Instagram posts for proof, or recall the time last summer when, after calling out a nail salon in Spain that denied him service because he’s a man, his Twitter was flooded with homophobic comments.) But Bad Bunny chooses to ignore the comments and sticks by his signature looks, reinforcing his self-love messaging in the process.
In addition to his collaborations with Bad Bunny on Oasis, J Balvin recently teamed up with the Black Eyed Peas on RITMO (Bad Boys for Live),” appearing on the soundtrack to the upcoming movie Bad Boys for Life. He also collaborated with Maluma on Qué Pena,” dispelling rivalry rumors between the two artists.
Music video by J. Balvin, Bad Bunny performing LA CANCIÓN (Audio). © 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc. Bad Bunny is well known for his song MIA featuring with Canadian hiphop legend Drake.
Still, it’s the final track “Como Un Bebé” with Mr Eazi that presents Oasis’ most powerful statement. Considering they could have worked with just about anyone in hip-hop, as evidenced by their respective tracks with some of the wider genre’s major players, the selection of an Afrobeats star comes off as a rejection of a rap world that only now seems to be coming around to the greatness of música urbana. Here, Sky and Tainy cede control to Legendury Beatz, a duo responsible for significant singles by Wizkid and UK drill’s Yxng Bane. The result links Balvin and Bad Bunny with another reggae descendant, closing out Oasis’ with an exciting and mutually beneficial prospect for future expansion. If only the rest of the album were as bold.
But there’s more to the young Puerto Rican artist than his mile-a-minute lyrics; he’s also a vocal all and not afraid to speak out when it comes to politics, particular for his home island of Puerto Rico. Here’s everything we know about Bad Bunny, from his music to his political activism and some truly impressive nails.
Bad Bunny is a young urban music singer, rapper and producer originally from Puerto Rico. This talented artist has demonstrated his already overwhelming power, influence and demand with completely sold-out concerts all over Europe, Latin America and the U.S.
He never took formal music lessons or studied any instruments, but his passion led him to learn and perfect his talent on his own. He is a singer, composer and creator of his own songs by his own knowledge, and his music emanates a much more special internal rhythm that any musical training could have had.
It wasn’t that long ago that Bad Bunny was still just Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, a kid growing up in the rural Puerto Rican town of Vega Baja, just went of the capital city of San Juan. After all, he only began posting his own music to Soundcloud in 2016.
This past weekend, Bad Bunny was one of several artists, along with Kali Uchis and Ty Dolla $ign, to perform at the 2019 Pornhub Awards; incidentally, Kanye West served as the awards ceremony’s creative director last year.
About three-quarters of the way through Oasis,” the new eight-song collaborative album by the Latin superstars J Balvin and Bad Bunny that was released without much warning overnight, there is a lyrical allusion that will prove familiar to many Spanish speakers acquainted with ’90s rock or drunken karaoke.
As their distinctive Latin Urban sound has surged to a still-growing worldwide embrace, a unique factor has been the strong support and continued creative collaborations, as opposed to musical rivalry, that have developed among some of the genre’s leading artists. This is especially apparent in the bond of near brotherhood that has formed between these two artists from opposite Caribbean shorelines. Between Colombia’s ‘Global Ambassador of Reggaeton’ and Puerto Rico’s ‘Leader of the Latin Trap explosion,’ J Balvin and Bad Bunny have been at the forefront of propelling Latin music to unprecedented success. Now, close friends Jose and Benito have joined forces to ‘make waves with a fresh Caribbean flow’ on a landmark album taking fans to a summer music Oasis.
Though many might be quick to make comparisons to rappers like Future or even Migos, Bad Bunny’s rhythmic cadence, and low, slow slur give him a singular sound within the trap rap world. He feels just as at home on a flowing trap rhythm as he does on a dembow-backed Reggaeton banger — something the previously mentioned English-language rappers might have a harder time executing.
On the heels of his highly-successful tour, GRAMMY-nominated rapper-songwriter and Latin music’s King of Trap,” Bad Bunny, is announcing the extension of his North American X100PRE Tour Presented by Corona Estéreo Beach. Kicking off this fall in Boston on October 25, the more than 20 plus stop tour produced by CMN Entertainment will make stops in Newark, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Antonio, Houston and more, and will conclude in Tampa on December 8th.
Bad Bunny has become one of the biggest stars in recent Latin music history, despite not having ever released an album. His continuous stream of singles has produced 31 entries on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart since 2016 and most recently, his number one single, Te Bote,” spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Latin chart alongside Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, and Ozuna. Additionally, the popularity of his first number one hit, I Like It” with Cardi B and J Balvin, also garnered Bad Bunny significant crossover success during his first North American trek. The success of his La Nueva Religión Tour (The New Religion Tour) catapulted the tour to number five on Billboard’s 2018 Hot Tours list.
It’s undeniable that Bad Bunny is one of the hottest Latin trap stars of our time, and the numbers prove it. As of 2018, the Puerto Rican vocalist boasts 7 billion streams on YouTube, making him one of the top three artists dominating the platform. And that’s before releasing his first proper full-length album X100PRE, which dropped on December 24.
Dropping his debut LP, X 100PRE , last December, Bad Bunny showcased unexpected versatility, blending styles like pop punk and vaporwave into the fold of Latin trap and reggaetón. Its title, pronounced por siempre, means “forever” in Spanish — and the album, which lived up to the hype built off years of Latin chart-topping singles, felt undeniably like a declaration of his staying power.
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The men met for the first time at a J Balvin concert in Puerto Rico, when Bad Bunny was a rising artist on SoundCloud. Bad Bunny has said he had to leave the studio to cry while recording their first collaboration, the 2017 track Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola,” a one-off single that now has more than 875 million views on YouTube.
As part of the tour partnership with the brand, Corona Estéreo Beach will bring a sensory experience – building a vibe around the mindset of relaxing with friends and creating an energetic environment alongside the reggaeton sounds of Bad Bunny that will get everyone moving.
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The best thing here is La Romana: over five minutes it displays as many musical ideas as those on some of his peers’ marathon-length, umpteen-track albums. It opens with something that sounds like a charango playing a sharp little riff, dissolves into a rap track thick with reversed reverb and what appear to be snatches of movie dialogue, then suddenly stammers, the sound of a stuck CD. The song then completely shifts in tone: the rhythm switches to Dominican dembow, raspy-voiced rapper El Alfa takes over. Elsewhere, Estamos Bien keeps flipping from smooth and airy to jagged and dark; two-thirds of the way through Solo di Mí, a siren goes off and it becomes another song entirely, its mood set by a horror-movie music box sample. At those points, Bad Bunny feels less like part of the current pop landscape than an artist operating slightly adjacent to it. He is separated from the pack as much by a desire to take risks as by his roots.
In La Canción,” a shimmering reggaeton ballad from J Balvin and Bad Bunny’s excellent new duo album, Oasis,” these two Latin superstars lovingly detail the feeling of nostalgia that an old song can trigger.
Bad Bunny is most recognized for his explosive and infectious trap songs. Rolling Stone magazine named him, “The Four-Billion-Stream Man leading the Latin trap explosion.” His overwhelming talent, influence and demand has led to sold out shows throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe. His distinct voice and rhythm have contributed to him amassing a collection of collaborations with superstars including Drake (MIA”); Marc Anthony and Will Smith (Esta Rico”); Becky G (Mayores”); Karol G and Quavo (Ahora Me Llama”); Farruko, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott and Rvssian (Krippy Kush”); and J. Lo (Te Guste”). Bad Bunny has been nominated for an iHeart Radio Music Award, a Music Television (MTV) Video Music Award (VMA), Latin American Music Award (LAMA), Latin Grammy and E! People Choice Award.
The video finds the pair again teaming up with Colin Tilley , who in addition to directing their earlier Que Pretendes” video, has also shot footage for Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, DJ Snake and more With zombie face paint, a leather surgical mask, and beaming red buzz cut, Balvin lends the picturesque opening sequence a bit of menace. Soon enough, Bad Bunny enters the video clad in a mouse-eared balaclava, rapping along to his verse while flanked by hoards of goth dancers.
Nonetheless, Balvin and Bad Bunny benefit from their differences in approach, and their curated choice of guests represent a shrewdness that defies genre convention. A known quantity for rock en español devotees, Marciano Cantero of the Argentinian group Los Enanitos Verdes comes through with a wizened third verse and a witty yet caustic bridge on “Un Peso.” The placement thumbs its nose at those purists who dismiss and demonize urbano, folks who’d assuredly be affronted that such an esteemed roquero would set foot in the studio with such riff raff.
His style, with its healthy punch of dork factor, is of the now in a way that is similar to Post Malone ‘s very self-aware, disheveled, sleazy look. Take the music video Estamos Bien ,” where Bad Bunny fearlessly wears high-waist shorts (denim!) with a dad belt, pulled-up sports socks, and a camp shirt. (In this look, he holds the leash of a ferocious, chunky-faced pitbull who wears sunglasses.) Bad Bunny seamlessly sells the short shorts look as well. He really knows how to wiggle those knobby knees in a pair of shiny citrine basketball shorts. Trust me and watch Como Soy” again for the full effect.
Bad Bunny, the artist born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio will make his Sónar debut in 2019, in what will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the 26th edition of the festival. On the heels of one of the most assured, and rightfully celebrated debuts in recent memory – the extraordinary X100PRE – the Puerto Rican rapper has risen to the top of the international scene, bringing a dose of Latin American warmth, humour and attitude to the charts.
The Puerto Rican rapper is THE rising star in the Latin scene and already worked with Ozuna, J. Balvin, Cardi B, Enrique Iglesias, Prince Royce and many more.
If you’re still unfamiliar, it’s likely you’ve at the very least heard the rapper’s signature flow on last year’s Cardi B and J Balvin song, “I Like It.” Or perhaps you saw that oh-so-sexy music video of him dancing with Jennifer Lopez in “Te Guste” or are hearing his latest single “Callaita” blast out of car windows everywhere.
But who is Bad Bunny? Here, everything we know about the rising Latin music star. BAD BUNNY: The last time I went shopping, I spent a fortune. I spent as much as a new car on sunglasses.
Oasis doesn’t truly get to the emo heart of Bad Bunny’s millennial oeuvre until track five, “La Canción.” Over a distant touch of jazz and a slippery beat, he broods and brays about lost love and the memories of her brought on by hearing a particular song. This is the Conejo Malo that made “Amorfoda” and X100PRE highlight “Solo de Mí” into relatable anthems. By contrast, Balvin’s more measured presence on the cut feels almost intrusive on what amounts to a diary entry. If anything, this is the inherent flaw that prevents Oasis from achieving its full potential—it’s a compromise that finds them too comfortable in their own lanes.
So much was his love for music that he began creating songs and uploading them to the popular video site, YouTube, and sharing them on social networks, where his fan base began to grow. In mid-2016, Bad Bunny joined Hear This Music, a label created by DJ Luian and Los Mambo Kingz and presented us with the hit “La Ocasión,” the early anthem of Latin Trap music.
Puerto Rican trap superstar Bad Bunny is taking a break from music in light of mass protests in his home demanding the resignation of its governor over corruption accusations.