- Recent protests calling for the resignation of Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rosselló have caused celebrities around the world to speak out—including rapper Bad Bunny.
- But who is Bad Bunny? Here, everything we know about the rising Latin music star.
If you're not a diehard Bad Bunny fan, it's likely you've at 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.
More recently, however, Bad Bunny has been in the news for a whole different reason: He and Ricky Martin are just a few of the celebrities currently in Puerto Rico protesting a corrupt government and governor Ricardo Rosselló, who recently came under fire after leaked chat messages revealed shady dealings and inappropriate and sexist comments about both his colleagues and his constituents. Now, celebrities like Bad Bunny are taking a stand—and taking to the streets, leading protests demanding Rosselló's resignation by shouting "Ricky renuncia!"
But if you're unfamiliar with the trap artist, you might be wondering: Who is Bad Bunny? The rapper has been rising in fame since 2017 but really hit it big in 2018 with a few key collaborations, including a hit single "Mia" with Drake, which hit number one on the Billboard charts last October. His debut album was also a success at the start of 2019 and, currently, he's got a collaboration album with J Balvin which is also topping the charts.
But there's more to the young Puerto Rican singer than his mile-a-minute lyrics. Here's everything we know about Bad Bunny, from his music to his political activism and some truly impressive nails.
What is Bad Bunny's real name and background?
Like many artists, Bad Bunny is just the singer's stage name. (Though we would commend his parents if they had given him that moniker at birth.) His full name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, and he was born on March 10, 1994, in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico—a municipality located on the coast of north central Puerto Rico. It's also part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo metropolitan area.
The 25-year-old Puerto Rican artist is very proud of his island roots. "I've always been proud of where I come from," he said in Spanish in a Billboard video. "I love my island. It means pride, it means love, it means a lot of things to me. Being Puerto Rican, it means everything. It's what I am."
What kind of music does Bad Bunny sing?
Bad Bunny is known for being a Latin trap and reggaeton singer. Reggaeton originated in Puerto Rico in the 1990s and is a style of music heavily influenced by American hip hop, as well as Latin American and Caribbean music. Meanwhile, Latin trap is a kind of Latin hip hop that also originated in Puerto Rico, this time in the early 2010s. Both genres typically include rapping and singing in Spanish, which is the native language of Bad Bunny.
Bad Bunny first started creating music while working as a supermarket bagger and studying at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, where he graduated with a college degree in Audiovisual Communications after studying music and technology. He gained popularity as an artist on SoundCloud before being signed to a record label.
What are some Bad Bunny songs?
Bad Bunny's first breakthrough single was "Soy Peor" in 2017. It reached number 22 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, and was followed by a number of hits and notable appearances.
In July 2017, he was featured on pop singer Becky G's single "Mayores." In November of that year, his song "Tu No Metes Cabra" peaked at number 38 on the Hot Latin Songs chart—and around the same time, the song "Sensualidad" was released as a collaboration between Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Prince Royce. It peaked at number eight on the Hot Latin Songs chart.
Then, in 2018, Bad Bunny collaborated with J Balvin once more—along with Cardi B—on the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "I Like It." In October of the same year, Bad Bunny collaborated with Drake on "Mia," which reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100. A month later, Bad Bunny released "Te Guste" with Jennifer Lopez, which also featured an impossibly sexy video with the fellow Puerto Rican singer.
Does Bad Bunny have an album?
Yes, Bad Bunny released his debut album on December 24, 2018, titled X100PRE. In the first week of 2019, his debut album hit the number one spot on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart—the "highest ranking debut," according to Billboard.
And he's not slowing down. After several successful collaborations, Bad Bunny released a surprise album earlier this summer with J Balvin. The new album, Oasis, is currently number one on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart.
What is Bad Bunny's style?
The Puerto Rican rapper is not a fan of either gender norms or the machismo that is often prevalent in Latinx people. Last year, the singer got vocal on social media after a nail salon in Oviedo, Spain, denied him service when he wanted to freshen his lacquered, colorful nails.
"I just wanted to tell you all that I went to this sh**ty place to get my nails done (manicure + color) and they told me NO because I’m a MAN hahaha," he wrote on Twitter. "I don’t know what to think, but it seems very very very unfortunate haha. What year is it? F**king 1960? What do you call this?"
Of course, the entire episode escalated and eventually caused Bad Bunny to delete his Twitter account for a time. He's still pretty active on Instagram, though, where he often shows off his style—and continues to rock some pretty amazing nails.
Who is Bad Bunny's girlfriend?
As far as we know, Bad Bunny isn't dating anyone officially—at least not publicly. Regardless, the rapper hasn't shied away from feeding into the aforementioned speculation about his sexuality—particularly in his music videos, which some fans believe include nods to LGBTQ culture. In the video for his song "Caro," for instance, he surprised fans by letting a woman take the lead as his body double. Another scene finds him being kissed—on the cheek, that is—by both men and women. Regardless of who he's dating, one thing is clear: Bad Bunny is confident being exactly who he is.
Why is Bad Bunny calling for #RickyRenuncia?
In case you haven't been following, Ricardo Rosselló, the governor of Puerto Rico, is in hot water right now after private text messages leaked in which he criticized Puerto Rican people. Since then, there has been a massive protest of over 500,000 people in a "March of the People" calling for the resignation of the governor. The chant "Ricky Renuncia" (and the subsequent hashtag #RickyRenuncia) has become the battle cry for these protests, and Bad Bunny is just one of the celebrities (along with Ricky Martin and others) who is on the ground in Puerto Rico calling for the governor's resignation.
"Yesterday marked me forever," he wrote in Spanish on Instagram. "I had never felt so much pride in my life! However, the fight continues PUERTO RICO!"
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