Bad Bunny And J Balvin Just Dropped Their Joint Album And It’s Exactly What You’d Expect From These Trap Royals
Latin superstars Bad Bunny and J Balvin have been talking about a joint album for months, leaving global fans desperate for at least a taste of the musical gastronome the Puerto Rican rapero and Colombian reggaetonero have been cooking up, but Friday morning the two served up something better: their entire eight-track project, Oasis.
“Welcome to the oasis,” Balvin greets listeners on the EP’s first track “Mojaita,” a hooky reggaeton bop that sets the stage for what follows: “palos,” as Bunny describes it, with major club-appropriate bangers.
The album, largely produced by heavyweights Tainy and Sky Rompiendo, exudes Latino Gang excellence. Lyrically, both artists opted for catchy incantations over clever wordplay, spitting about their joint success and partying with big-bootied bebecitas as well as the pleasures and pains of romance that has defined reggaton’s poppy comeback. Sonically, the two rhyme over Afro-Caribbean riddims, like dancehall and hip-hop, at times even flirting with salsa loops.
The album features two collaborations. In “Un Peso,” the reggaeton and Latin trap hitmakers link with Argentine rockero Marciano Cantero of Enanitos Verdes, blending their genres effortlessly in a song that disses a trifilin’ ex. In their final track, “Como un Bebé,” the Latino duo bring along Nigerian singer Mr. Eazi. The godfather of Banku music lends his Ghanian style through a trilingual rap about a childish romantic affair.
Oasis is an uncomplicated project meant to be enjoyed, at a Latinx house party, while getting dressed in your room, or during your morning commute. Bunny and Balvin want listeners, especially their Latinx fans, to bask in their success, and that of Latin genres they helped reignite, with them and feel proud to be a part of La Nueva Religion.
The album is an oasis because, as Benito puts it, “it’s a rescue, a relief, to freshen up.”
“When you go to an oasis, you go there to supply yourself with the vital things you are missing, things that you need. That’s why it says water, because human beings can’t live without water,” the trapero told Complex of the project last September.
So far, enthusiasts have agreed. On Twitter, fans of both Balvin and El Conejo Malo have been celebrating the surprise release of the anticipated album and sharing their favorites with the world.
Oasis, which is currently available for streaming on all platforms, is the latest project to come from Bad Bunny, who dropped his debut masterwork X100PRE last Nochebuena, and J Balvin, who delivered his award-winning Vibras last summer.