Hello there, welcome to another episode of hanging out with your favorite celebrity. Today we would be meeting with a new rapper from Puerto Rico. This guy just got on the industry block and in just this year he has gotten over 8 billion streams on spotify. Competing with top artists like Drake, Juicy Wurld and others.
Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio was born in March 10, 1994 and he is known by his stage name Bad Bunny, he is a Puerto Rican rapper, singer, and songwriter. His music is often defined as Latin trap and reggaeton, but he has incorporated various other genres into his music, including rock, bachata, and soul. Also known for his deep, slurred vocal style and his eclectic fashion sense. Throughout his career, Bad Bunny has frequently collaborated with artists such as J Balvin, Ozuna, Farruko, Residente, Arcángel, Jhay Cortez, and Daddy Yankee.
Born and raised in the municipality of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, Bad Bunny gained popularity on SoundCloud and was eventually signed to a record label while working in a supermarket as a bagger and studying at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo. Following the release of his breakthrough single “Soy Peor” in late 2016, he rose to stardom after collaborating with Cardi B and Drake on the singles “I Like It” and “Mia“, which charted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number one and number three, respectively. His debut album X 100pre (2018) was awarded a Latin Grammy for Best Urban Music Album. His collaborative album with J Balvin, Oasis (2019), contains the popular singles “Qué Pretendes” and “La Canción“.
In early 2020, he performed at the Super Bowl LIV halftime show as a guest, alongside Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, and became the first Latin urban music artist on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. During the year, Bad Bunny released his second solo studio album, YHLQMDLG (Yo hago lo que me da la gana), the surprise compilation album Las que no iban a salir, and his third album, El Último Tour Del Mundo, which became the first all-Spanish-language album to top the US Billboard 200 and generated the Billboard Global 200 number-one single “Dakiti“. He became the first non-English language act to be Spotify‘s most streamed artist of the year (2020).
While working as a bagger at Supermercados Econo in Vega Baja in 2016, Bad Bunny released music as an independent artist on SoundCloud, where his song “Diles” caught the attention of DJ Luian who signed him to his record label, Hear this Music. DJ Luian introduced Bad Bunny to the production team Mambo Kingz, who were intrigued by Bad Bunny’s musical experimentation and style of dress. Since then, he has earned multiple top-ten entries on the US Hot Latin Songs chart. His breakthrough single, “Soy Peor”, established him as a forerunner in the Latin American trap scene and reached number 22 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. Ten months after the video for “Soy Peor”‘s release, it reached 330 million views on YouTube.
His song “Krippy Kush” featuring Farruko also became a success. Bad Bunny’s May 2017 collaboration with Karol G, “Ahora Me Llama“, garnered more than 756 million views on YouTube and reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. The song was described by Marty Preciado of NPR as a “bass-heavy, unapologetic trap anthem to the power of femininity, soiled in hi-hats and heavy sub-bass [that] challenges hegemonic masculinity, singing about respect, love and sex-positive decisions. “Ahora Me Llama” was listed on “Alt.Latino’s Favorites: The Songs Of 2017” as one of the best Latin songs of 2017.
In the summer of 2017, Bad Bunny signed a booking deal with Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) for several Latin American countries. He was featured in Becky G‘s single “Mayores“, released in July 2017. Starting in November 2017, Bad Bunny hosted Beats 1‘s first Spanish-language show, Trap Kingz. Also in November 2017, Bad Bunny’s track, “Tu No Metes Cabra” peaked at number 38 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.
The re-mix demanded the release from prison of Anuel AA. At around the same time, the song “Sensualidad,” released as a collaboration between Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Prince Royce, peaked at number 8 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, while the remix of “Te Boté” with Ozuna and Nicky Jam reached number one on that chart. In the year 2017 alone, Bad Bunny featured on fifteen Billboard Hot Latin Songs-charting tracks.
Bad Bunny says he likes to live a calm life and immediately after a concert he leaves the area to avoid crowds. He disappeared from social media for a time when he was overwhelmed with his sudden rise to fame. Views of his videos on YouTube tallied seven billion in 2018. In 2019, Bad Bunny played on the “Away” roster during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The rapper met jewelry designer Gabriela Berlingeri in 2017 at a restaurant while dining with his family, and the two began dating soon after.
Berlingeri assisted Bad Bunny in recording the 2018 song “Te Guste” by providing scratch vocals for Jennifer Lopez’s portions of the song. Bad Bunny kept his relationship with Berlingeri secret from the public until 2020. He explained his decision to publicly acknowledge their relationship by saying, “I am happy with her. [People] don’t know she has helped me a lot in emotional aspects when I needed it the most.” Berlingeri became the first Latina to shoot the cover of Rolling Stone when she photographed the rapper for the magazine’s May 2020 cover.
On 23 November 2020, during COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 but without “significant symptoms”
Enjoy some of his major hits below…
Bad bunny x Jhay Cortez – Dakiti
Bad Bunny – Hoy Cobre
Bad Bunny x Drake – MIA
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