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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.

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Trapera Cazzu Pretty Much Confirms She Had A Relationship With Bad Bunny In A Super Awkward Interview

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Trapera Cazzu Pretty Much Confirms She Had A Relationship With Bad Bunny In A Super Awkward Interview

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Like any creative industry, the world of trap music is teeming with collaborations both artistic and romantic. Of course, the love story shared by Anuel AA and Karol G has been making headlines since late 2018, but rumors about other possible power pairs are always circulating on the internet. Bad Bunny, one of the biggest names on the Latin trap scene sin duda, has been the center of many romance rumors over the years, with fans wondering about possible relationships with a variety of famos@s (from Spain’s neo-Flamenco cantante Rosalía to Argentian trapera Cazzu).

Although speculation about Big Bunny’s involvement with Cazzu emerged in 2018

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Following a spicy onstage kiss at Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Cazzu all but confirmed their hot history in an interview at Cap Cana’s beachfront Paradise Festival in the Dominican Republic. And even if you don’t care about Cazzu and Bad Bunny’s relationship, the interview is worth watching for its abundance of deliciously awkward moments.

Cazzu’s interview was conducted by Eric Tirin of the Alofoke Radio Show.

Throughout the conversation acknowledged Cazzu’s rising fame and talent but also persistently pressed her for information about that iconic kiss with Bad Bunny.

“We pretty much met on stage, because there wasn’t time to meet before the show, [but] it was all really natural … and I don’t really know what happened, it was all very weird, but we practically forgot that there were 8,000 people in front of us,” she said, referring to the kiss. “But yeah . . . We had good energy and . . . we became friends. Good friends.”

Cazzu also went on to discuss their relationship further, insisting that she and Bad Bunny weren’t dating, but that they were friends—and still are—but that there was a different kind of closeness to their relationship. While all of that may be true, she certainly alluded to the fact that the two artists share a meaningful connection, saying that she and Bad Bunny “shared some moments together, in the moments where they were meant to happen, y ya.”

Cazzu then flashed a coy smile suggesting that those moments were definitely special. She also brought the conversation back to music, saying that even though she and Bad Bunny had connected in a significant way, they almost always talked about music, because music was the central force of both of their lives.

Still, Tirin continued to prod Cazzu for more details. “Una intimidad sexual?” he asked, causing the trapera to stop and look at the camera like this:

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And then dismiss the question like this:

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But Cazzu was a good sport throughout the interview, even trying to answer that particularly blatant question before deciding not to bother. Rebounding from that slightly cringy moment, Tirin asked something a bit tamer: whether they ever shared an unforgettable moment, something crazy and fun that they did together. Cazzu shared a story about them sneaking into a closed park for kids in the middle of Buenos Aires, almost getting caught by a guardia and ultimately running away.

And you almost can’t blame Tirin for his insistence—even Cazzu’s story about visiting a children’s park has an air of romance to it (can’t you just imagine it as a scene in a rom com?), and they shared several photos after their famous kiss that seemed to pretty much prove that Cazzu + Bad Bunny = Amor.

But Boricua social media comedian Jorge ‘Molusco’Pabón would disagree—he cited Tirin for simply being oblivious to all the hints Cazzu dropped during the interview, slamming Tirin’s “mierda de preguntas” on IGTV and insisting that Cazzu actually revealed the whole truth with two simple words: “y ya.”

That’s right—Pabón hypothesizes that when Cazzu spoke about the “special moments” she and Bad Bunny shared, all that was left unsaid was actually made obvious through her casual “y ya.” Because, according to Pabón, the whole world knows that this simple statement is a way of insinuating that there is too much happened between them to adequately describe. Or, perhaps, the complicated details of all they shared are not really anyone’s business. Y ya.

Although nothing was confirmed in literal, word-for-word answers, fans of Bad Bunny and Cazzu can definitely use this interview as evidence to speculate on what actually went down between them. (And, if you agree with Pabón, you probably already feel like you have a good sense of all that.) What we do know for sure: Cazzu and Bad Bunny have major creative potential. He hopped on a remix for her song, “Loca,” back in 2018, and perhaps 2020 is the year for another musical collaboration between the two. Ya veremos!

J.Balvin’s Spongebob Collaboration With Louis De Guzman And Nickelodeon Was The Most Iconic Collab Of The Decade

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J.Balvin’s Spongebob Collaboration With Louis De Guzman And Nickelodeon Was The Most Iconic Collab Of The Decade

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What exactly does a SpongeBob gallery pop-up installation look like? Especially when it includes the reggaeton megastar J. Balvin, an iconic children’s brand most millennials grew up on, and a hometown artist. Pictures on Instagram gave curious parties a hint through a series of snapshots featuring sculptures, paintings, and merchandise. But on Tuesday, Nov. 13, a number of people braved the low temperatures to find out for themselves. Let’s take a look back at the most impactful collab in 2019.Credit: Amy Tran

While visitors like Melanie Lopez were expecting to satiate their curiosity around the project, most were not prepared to have the “Mi Gente” cantante greet them in the space. The global superstar surprised guests and helped kick-off a five-day experience exclusive to Chicago. But how did this all come to be and why the Midwest of all places?

It all started at Complexcon last year where visual artist Louis De Guzman, a Chicago native who is the first from his Filipino family to be born in the United States, had a chance encounter with a Nickelodeon executive who took an interest in his work. The two discussed partnering on a project and parted ways. A short while later at the same event, the Filipino pop artist connected with J.Balvin. De Guzman says there was a mutual admiration for each other’s work and upon Balvin’s request, he slid into the singer’s DMs. The two built a friendship. Then the opportunity for them to fuse their creativity together to celebrate SpongeBob’s 20th anniversary presented itself. A partnership between Nickelodeon, J. Balvin and De Guzman happened organically.Credit: louisdeguzman / Instagram

“I was a big fan of [De Guzman] before I met him,” says Balvin. “We started talking and were like ‘why don’t we do a collab and do something with SpongeBob. [The cartoon character is] something people already know but [due to our diverse cultural background] we can add something to it. [De Guzman] is Filipino, I’m from Colombia. Exchanging cultures is beautiful.”

And so the work began with the support of arguably one of the biggest brands in children’s entertainment. 

“We’ve done many SpongeBob collaborations in many different ways with high-end designers but this was really the first time it was reimagined in this way, in this art style,” says Marielle Donahue, Director, Retail Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Nickelodeon. “SpongeBob fans love to share their fandom and I think from Louis and J. Balvin’s perspective, they wanted to share the feeling of being inspired to do whatever you can.”

Donahue says the partnership felt natural because both artists had already shown a public love and admiration for the Bikini Beach character. She also pointed out Balvin and De Guzman’s popularity among different audiences—both of which incorporate distinct cultural upbringings into their work—but they both shared a message for hope, love and positivity that aligned perfectly with the kooky sea creature. 

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“All three embrace positivity and good vibes,” echoes Jose Castro, Senior Vice President, Softlines and Global Fashion Collaborations at Nickelodeon 

And it’s perhaps this sentiment that will have people rooting for the project and the people behind it. 

De Guzman teared up when looking around the room and talking about the significance of the project and his motivation—his family. He hints at their struggle navigating an unfamiliar country and the difficulties that arose from their immigrant experience. Overcoming the false starts and failures are ultimately why he chooses to focus on the positive. He says time has shown him that by focusing on the work, good things will come.

Balvin shared a similar story when given the opportunity to talk about whatever he wanted. He says he wishes people would ask him why he decided to pursue a career in  music.

“It started because of my family. We went bankrupt and I was like ‘I love music’ but I didn’t know it was going to be the way to find a solution to help my family,” says Balvin. “If it wasn’t for my family and dad going bankrupt, I wouldn’t be able to be like ‘oh I have this talent and music to help them.’”

And while it might be easy to write off this corporate art partnership as nothing more than a money grab, the players behind it tell a different story.Credit: Amy Tran

“This is for the culture and God bless the Latino Gang,” said Balvin in a press release. 

And as for why Chicago got the plug it’s because “Chicago is known by so many artists, there’s so many talented people here. This is [De Guzman’s] place, it’s where he was born. He’s from the US. I was here in the U.S. you know let’s do this together. I’ll come to your place and let’s exchange vibes.”

Additional reporting contributed by Ermina Veljacic.

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