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9 Hits To Get You Hype And Proud To Be Puerto Rican

Puerto Ricans are a people of pride. Whether it’s our bandera – hanging from our car mirror, tattooed on our arm or plastered on any piece of clothing – or a typical “Yo soy Boricua, pa’que tu lo sepas” chant, those are indications you’ve spotted a Puerto Rican. After hundreds of years of colonialism under Spain and then the U.S., our pride is what has kept our culture alive. It’s an act of resistance passed down through each generation, and there’s probably no better way to witness it than through our música.

Whether boleros that transport abuela and abuelo back to la isla, salsa hits played at every family house party or hip-hop tracks that have even non-Puerto Ricans chantin’ “Boricua, morena,” these songs capture the beautiful pride and self-love of the people of “La Isla del Encanto.”

1. When you want to remind people of all the magic that has come out of our tiny isla, you play Charlie Cruz’s “Grita Conmigo.”

From barrier-breakers like Roberto Clemente and Rita Moreno to our vast championships in boxing, baseball and beauty pageants to creating one of the greatest Latino music genres of all time – salsa – Puerto Ricans are bad af, and Cruz will tell you all about la “isla tan pequeñita y con tanta historia” in this song.

2. If Frankie Ruiz’s “Puerto Rico” isn’t bumping from the speakers at least once, you’re not really at a Boricua house party.

Frankie Ruiz is the king of salsa romántica, and his greatest love song might have just been this endearing canción for his tierra.

3. Want to watch someone sing their heart and soul at the top of their lungs? Find a Puerto Rican and play “Preciosa.”

Written by Rafael Hernández Marín but popularly sung by Marc Anthony, “Preciosa” epitomizes the love, nostalgia and longing for freedom Puerto Ricans have for their island.

4. We have to let everyone we meet know that we’re Puerto Rican, and Taino’s “Yo Soy Boricua Pa’ Que Tu Lo Sepas” makes this very clear.

This ’90s hit breaks down just how real the orgullo is.

5. We LOVE our flag, so much so that we make songs about it. One of our favorites: “Que Bonita Bandera” by Florencio Morales Ramos.

Catch Boricuas singing the song’s chorus at a Puerto Rican parade near you.

6. For people feeling nostalgic about their time living or vacationing on the island in their youth, Aventura’s “Mi Puerto Rico” will resonate.

Little-known fact: Aventura’s lead singer, megastar Romeo Santos, is half-Dominican and half-Puerto Rican, and he got the whole band to write a song about Puerto Rico. In it, the bachatero sings about his childhood memories on the island, from waking up to the sound of roosters crowing and partying with family.

7. Puerto Ricans may be prideful, but we’re not self-centered. Like Hector Lavoe demonstrates in “Mi Gente,” we’re all about the people.

Lavoe invites puertorriqueños, Latinos and everyone of the African diaspora to sing in unity in this Bori party fave.

8. But we’re still mad proud, especially those of us who don’t live on the island. Evidence: “100 percent” by the Bronx’s own Big Pun.

There’s probably no song that can get a Puerto Rican, particularly a Nuyorican, more hype than this hip-hop classic. It’s straight-up diaspora magic.

9. Want to know “how we do it down in Puerto Rico?” Watch Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” music video.

Sure, we’re ALL tired of the song, but Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee gave us the latest Boricua hit and we’ll be dancing to it till we’re grey-haired and wrinkled.


Read: 10 Things Every Person Dating A Puerto Rican Should Know

If you’re Bori, you know this list is incomplete. Name your favorite songs about Puerto Rico in the comments!

Bad Bunny’s ‘En Casita’ Is The Self-Isolation Anthem You Didn’t Realize You Needed

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Bad Bunny’s ‘En Casita’ Is The Self-Isolation Anthem You Didn’t Realize You Needed

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Bad Bunny is one musician we all know and love. He uses his platform to speak on issues around the world. Now, Bad Bunny is using his music, and relationship, to give people a song to remind them to stay home and stay safe. We are all in this together no matter how far apart we are.

Bad Bunny and his girlfriend Gabriela are here to help you through your self-isolation.

“En Casita” is literally here to remind you to keep yourself at home. We all might be feeling a little stir crazy and ready to get back out into the world but it is so important to work together to defeat this virus’s spread. Every country is trying to flatten the curve to keep the number of hospitalizations to a minimum and that might be uncomfortable.

People are loving the collab between Bad Bunny and Gabriela.

Not just musically. People on Twitter are loving the real-life collab between the two. Sure, the music is great but seeing the kind of love out little Bad Bunny can have is something we have all been waiting for.

Bad Bunny wants everyone to know that this song was improvised and not planned.

Some people are apparently trying to call bad Bunny out on the song because of its simplicity. However, not everything had to be so complicated if you are trying to make a banger. “En Casita” is the perfect song to let play while you go about your day within your space.

Listen to the full song below and get yourself in the right state of mind.

Stay safe. Stay home. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. Let’s work together to move forward together.

READ: From Latin Trap ‘Rude Boy’ To Harvard Speaker: Bad Bunny Was Invited To Give A Talk To Harvard Students

Bad Bunny’s ‘Yo Perreo Sola’ Music Video Has Drag, Female Empowerment, And Artistic Styling That Is World-Class

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Bad Bunny’s ‘Yo Perreo Sola’ Music Video Has Drag, Female Empowerment, And Artistic Styling That Is World-Class

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Bad Bunny is known to push gender norms and supports the LGBTQ+ community. His music videos are artistic expressions of the world he wants to live in. His latest music video for the song “Yo Perreo Sola” is catching everyone’s attention for several reasons including the trapero singing and dancing in full drag.

Bad Bunny starts his “Yo Perreo Sola” music video in a hot red leather drag outfit.

Like, dayum. The Puerto Rican trap star did not hold back. His look was everything as he gave us some “Oops…I Did It Again” dominatrix vibes. The fans were not prepared for this but it seems that most of them are all for Bad Bunny pushing boundaries even further in Latin trap.

The imagery is literally being celebrated for its strong statement for the LGBTQ+ community.

Bad Bunny was very outspoken about Alexa Negrón Luciano, a trans woman who was murdered in Puerto Rico and misgendered in media reports. The singer was on “The Late Show starring Jimmy Fallon” and used the moment to protest the treatment of Luciano’s legacy. Bad Bunny wore a shirt that read in Spanish, “They killed Alexa, not a man in a skirt.”

Bad Bunny fans were ready to defend their fave and his new music video.

To many, Latin trap is still a place where homophobia and misogyny fester in lyrics by some of the top performers. Bad Bunny is one artist that has been fighting against that culture from within. He has bent gender norms in music videos and it has set his career apart from other Latin trap musicians.

And they are all celebrating the anguish of straight men who listen to Bad Bunny and have social hang-ups.

The same homophobia in Latin trap is reflected within the community. Bad Bunny’s unapologetic willingness to take gender and flip it on its head is just one thing fans love about the trapero.

You can watch the full video below.

Bad Bunny never disappoints, does he?

READ: Bad Bunny Is The Modern Icon The Queer Latino Community Needs And Deserves Right Now. Here’s Why