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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.

Read: Puerto Rican Slang and Culture Through Bad Bunny Lyrics in Photos

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Fans Are Worried After Bad Bunny Was Rushed To Hospital For Emergency Surgery

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Fans Are Worried After Bad Bunny Was Rushed To Hospital For Emergency Surgery

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The year 2020 just won’t stop. Now it’s trying to come for San Benito – and his stans aren’t having any of it. In the same week that we find out Naya Rivera went missing (her remains have since been recovered) and a once cherished brand, Goya Foods, is now under a full scale boycott for heaping praise on Donald Trump, we find out that Bad Bunny went into emergency surgery over the weekend.

Over the weekend, Bad Bunny was rushed into the hospital for emergency surgery.

According to El Heraldo de México, the El Conejo Malo was hospitalized on Friday for an emergency operation due to severe appendicitis. The paper reported that the star was admitted to the Doctors Center in Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan.

According to the outlet, he will need to stay in the hospital for another four or five days to recover from his emergency surgery, which was reportedly performed within the first hours of his admission to the hospital.

Bad Bunny’s publicist confirmed to Telemundo that “Bad Bunny had an emergency appendicitis surgery yesterday. This is why he was taken into the hospital. He’s doing well and is currently recovering at the hospital.” The publicist told Telemundo that the singer is expected to recover and be fine.

The reggaetónero hasn’t posted on social media since mid-May, making it all the more difficult for fans to piece together the events that led to his hospital admission. Once news broke that he had been admitted to the hospital, rumors started to fly that the “Yo Perreo Sola” singer had contracted the COVID-19 virus. Although appendicitis is no fun and a very serious matter, fans were thankful it wasn’t Coronavirus.

Just last week, San Benito was making history on the cover of Playboy.

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Bad Bunny’s hospitalization comes just days after he graced the cover of Playboy magazine in all his glory – making history in the process. He was the first ever man (aside from magazine founder Hugh Hefner) to land the cover unaccompanied.

Fans were eating it up.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… perfection!” one fan wrote about his Playboy appearance, while another emphasized the magazine spread and accompanying interview were “everything I need.”

The collective reaction on Twitter was one of shock and disappointment.

As if 2020 – hell, even the past week – couldn’t get more intense, Bad Unny had to be hospitalized. Many just can’t comprehend the epic disaster that is 2020. One person on Twitter summed up the last few days succinctly saying: “Naya Rivera is missing. Tiktok is possibly being banned. A Trump supporter disrespectfully put a MAGA hat on Selena’s statue. Goya’s cancelled. Bad Bunny is at the hospital. All in one day. WE GET IT 2020 YOU’RE CHAOTIC AS HELL. STOP DOING THIS TO US.”

But fans from across the world are sending Bad Bunny good vibras.

Twitter erupted with messages of love and support for San Benito.

“Where do I sign up to give a limb, lung whatever he needs bruh,” one devoted fan wrote on the platform upon learning of the star’s health condition.

“Bad Bunny in the f–king hospital,” another lamented, adding that “2020 can’t get any worse.”

“If he goes, I go!” wrote another of Bad Bunny’s ride-or-dies, though we are here to inform that no one has to go anywhere since it appears the singer is in recovery, and should be heading back out and about into the world in a matter of days. 

Get well soon Bad Bunny!

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Bad Bunny Makes History As He Shines On The Cover Of ‘Playboy’ And Looks Good Doing It

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Bad Bunny Makes History As He Shines On The Cover Of ‘Playboy’ And Looks Good Doing It

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Where in the world is San Benito? That’s what so many of his fans have been asking as the iconic reggaetónero has gone AWOL from social media since the end of May. But now he’s popped up in what some consider the most unlikely of places – on the cover of Playboy magazine.

Aside from looking absolutely incredible across two different covers for the magazine, Bad Bunny has also made history in several different ways from being on the cover of the classic magazine – and for those of us who were missing near daily Bad Bunny updates, the magazine is throwing us a lifeline.

Bad Bunny is the latest cover star of Playboy magazine, and the moment is history-making for several reasons.

Like many magazines these days, Playboy has decided to go digital and last week they released their first ever completely digital magazine – with El Conejo Malo blessing the cover.

Shot by celebrity photographer Stillz in Miami, Florida, the images accompanying the feature article “Bad Bunny is Not Playing God,” showcase the artist’s exuberant style. He is pictured modeling everything from a gold Versace toga, accessorized with a crown of laurels and chains, to elaborate nail art. His lips in one close-up shot are even garnished with tiny Playboy bunnies.

Yes, Bad Bunny looks incredible. But he also made history. The Puerto Rican singer is Playboy’s first-ever digital cover star with two covers. He’s also the only man – aside from the late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner – to appear solo on the cover of the cult-favorite publication.

Along with two different cover photos, Bad Bunny speaks at length about various topics in an interview.

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In his extensive interview, Bad Bunny gets candid about this genre-breaking music and style, and spoke of being an LGBTQ+ and femme ally in the machismo world of Latin music. “I do all of this and I’m not even sure what I cause,” he says. “It’s not until someone comes up to me and tells me, ‘Man, thank you,’ that I realize the impact.”

Bad Bunny’s “impact” is past music, his gender-fluid style and political outspokenness have made him an especially fascinating and beloved fixture in reggaetón and beyond.

He continued, “There’s nothing worse than being somewhere and feeling like you don’t belong. I’ve been trying to make sure everybody feels part of the culture of reggaetón. I want to make sure they feel that they have someone there, that friend that can stand up for them.”

“I think I have an audience split in two: fans of Bad Bunny and fans of reggaetón itself, and I want to merge the two,” he explained. “I feel I have a big sector to educate. There’s a lot of people who won’t pay attention to other people calling them out, but they follow Bad Bunny. If he tells them what’s good, maybe they can grow as people and come to accept others.”

He also discusses sex, love, and machismo in the industry.

Credit: STILLZ / Playboy

In the Playboy article, Bunny talks about love: “I think that sex is a giant world, and everyone is free to see it as they want and do it with whoever they want, however they want, with infinite possibilities.”

He also shares on the success of his second album “Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Gana” (“I Do Whatever I Want”), which shot to No.2 on the US Billboard chart, and became the highest-charting all-Spanish language album of all time, with tracks that tackle sexism head-on.

Bad Bunny’s new music video has a really important message about twerking. “The music industry and society in general (treat women) like they’re nothing,” he is quoted as saying. “Women are human beings and deserve respect and the same treatment as anybody else.”

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