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No Matter How Famous He Gets, Bad Bunny Will Never Forget The Place And People That Made Him

Bad Bunny has had one of the biggest year any artist could ever dream of. From his ultra tiny sunglasses, bright print button downs and nail polish to his baritone luxe voice, he is the emerging Latin trap daddy we’ve all wanted.

He has garnered almost half a dozen Telemundo Latin American Music Awards nominations, and scored the top charting summer banger with Cardi B., “I Like It.” What you don’t know is how he spends his time when he’s not on tour.

Bad Bunny’s birth name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio.

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He told Billboard that when he was a young kid in school, people just started calling him canejo. He says he doesn’t know why but he ran with it.

In another interview, he told them, “Because rabbits are tender and pretty.” 🐰

He has two younger brothers, Bernie y Bysael.

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One of them, Bernie Martínez Ocasio, age 21, is coming along on Bad Bunny’s next tour to help out. They have an even younger brother, Bysael, age 16, who is looking at a professional baseball career.

Bad Bunny has only released singles.

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Enough singles to fill a 90-minute arena show, pero still. The story goes that while he was releasing his music on SoundCloud, DJ Luian got into “Diles” and signed him to his record label. That gave him the opportunity to work with more Latino artists.

However, he’s finally working on an album right now.

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It’s going to be called “La Nueva Religión.” The Fader reports that the few tracks they’ve heard so far sound like “’90s hip-house, but not in a corny or nostalgic way.”

He wants the album to reflect who he was, is and will be.

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He tells The Fader, “The reference tracks are really premature, but like, what I want for this record — the sounds, the vibe, the ambiance — are more of the things I like, more of me, more of what I am, and more of what I think is my generation, those born in the ’90s and the ’00s. From childhood, I’ve had a lot of goals of things that I want to do in music. When I release my record, there are going to be more songs to give people an understanding that my musical concept can be different — but also me.”

So who was el conejito? Bad Bunny was born and raised in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.

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He’s super close with his crew back home, and, now, when he’s home from tour, he rents out the fanciest Airbnb he can find and they just kick back. He says that he tries to spend as much time as possible with them, to not be changed by the fame.

He knew he wanted to be a singer since he was five years old, and sung in the choir.

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His father was a truck driver and his mother a retired schoolteacher. Bad Bunny says that his mother is a very religious Catholic woman and they spent a lot of time at church.

He likes clowning around and making people laugh.

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After he quit the choir at 13 when he felt he was “too old for this,” he started experimenting with freestyling to make his friends laugh.

He was recording his own tracks in private so that no one would know.

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He tells The Fader, “[When] I started freestyling, everyone liked it and it was very funny, but in private I did it for real. Then people started to motivate me saying, ‘Why don’t you put out music, put it online, put it here, put it on Facebook, whatever whatever’ and I went, ‘No no no.’ But little by little, something was working in my mind and I said, ‘It’s true, I need to put something out.’”

Bad Bunny was bagging groceries when he became SoundCloud famous for “Diles.”

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At the same time, he was in college at the University of Puerto Rico, taking classes in audiovisual communication. He was also immersing himself in Héctor Lavoe, Vico C, Marc Anthony and Daddy Yankee, leading him to have a diverse range you can just feel from track to track.

Today, he is el padre de Latin trap.

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Latin trap is owning the top charts, from Cardi B. spitting in the Latin remix of “Bodak Yellow” as the self-proclaimed “de el trap soy la mamá” to Bad Bunny to their collabs: we have a whole new, much needed genre for our Latinx souls.

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His family home is still running on three generators after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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Immediately after the hurricane passed, he flew home to personally deploy water, food and generators to his hometown. He’s also openly questioned Trump’s presidency, producing and wearing a T-Shirt that says, “Tu eres Tweetero o presidente?”

He dedicated “Estamos Bien” to Puerto Rico victims on the Jimmy Fallon Show.

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Bad Bunny had his first television debut and used the time to rap a rallying call for Puerto Ricans everywhere. In the backdrop, we saw footage from his home town, and from his own mouth: Over 3,000 Puerto Ricans have died because of Hurricane Maria and President Trump is still in denial.

Bad Bunny is also, no question, redefining masculinity.

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Homophobes have come after him for how he presents and he responded in a high-key ultra machísmo fashion, telling them that he would punish them by impregnating their wives and making them raise his children.

Bad Bunny won’t work with stylists. He’s got it.

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Bad Bunny has elevated all of us. Before he started coming around, fashion was fashion. Bad Bunny brings the gender bending fashun our generation is beyond ready for.

READ: 21 Things You Didn’t know about J Balvin

He’s also known for accessorizing his nails like I’ve never done.

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Talk about bringing a ’90s childhood feel to the world That chain link “S” on his thumb is already giving me feelings. We can’t wait for him to drop his new album.

His style is heavily influenced by the skater community.

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His friend, DJ Orma told The Fader, “Here in Vega Baja, almost nobody used to wear shorts above the knee, because people thought they were ‘gay’ or something. But in the skater community, that’s normal. He likes that skate swag.”

His favorite brands are Gucci and Adidas.

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A combo as eclectic and classic as the man himself. Oh, another fun fact: he’s obsessed with wrestling. You might have noticed the wrestler in the “Chambea” music video.

Only Bad Bunny would do that.

The man is one of the most humble artist out here.

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When asked about how he feels about snagging the hit summer jam with Cardi B. and J Balvin, he shyly told The Fader, “I think if I keep working in the way that I am, from the heart and from passion and with love, well, the fruits of that will keep coming.” All in Spanish, claro.

His latest release is a collaboration with Will Smith and Marc Anthony.

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Literally, Bad Bunny’s dream came true. He worked with his very own icon, Marc Anthony, the Puerto Rican King of all Kings. If you haven’t heard it yet, escúchalo.


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Bad Bunny And Marc Anthony Will Rebuild Baseball Parks In Puerto Rico Destroyed By Hurricane María

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Bad Bunny And Marc Anthony Will Rebuild Baseball Parks In Puerto Rico Destroyed By Hurricane María

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While it’s been two years since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the recovery efforts aren’t finishing anytime soon. Many people on the island are still trying to put their lives back together, which includes rebuilding homes, churches, and schools. What many might not know is the recovery efforts have also included revitalizing baseball fields on the island where Puerto Ricans once played. 

Among the destruction that both Hurricanes Irma and Maria left in 2017 is more than 300 small league baseball parks that were found inoperative. As a result, many community ball programs were essentially eliminated and youths on the island were essentially left in the dark without fields to play the sport.

Leading the revitalization efforts are Puerto Rico’s own two native sons: Bad Bunny and Marc Anthony. The duo, along with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a U.S. community development non-profit, has teamed up for a new program called Play Ball Again. The purpose of the initiative will be to help rebuild some of those damaged baseball fields and facilitate local programming for 17,500 youth. It is expected that in total, about 300 facilities will be impacted by this initiative. 

The duo hopes the contributions play a huge role in bringing not only baseball back to the island but a place where people can escape from their worries. 

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The initiative is special to both of them not only because they’re helping youth but they hoping these recovery efforts go a long way in bringing back a sense of community. Maestro Cares Foundation, which Anthony owns, is putting money towards the program with a goal of restoring “normalcy” in Puerto Rico.

“Sports and recreation activities help restore a sense of normalcy, in the wake of disasters,” Anthony, who is among the program’s earliest supporters, said in a press release.” Baseball isn’t just a game in this context. It helps young people do better in school and improves family life and health in difficult circumstances.”

Maestro Cares, along with the Good Bunny Foundation and UNICEF USA, will all be putting forth $300,000 of what LISC expects to be more than $1.6 million in baseball field renovations. Joining the efforts is Chicago Cubs second baseman Javi Baez with his Cubs Charities, which will donate an additional $100,000 in support. This also includes the Kohler Company, which made a donation to fund bathroom fixtures for onsite facilities.

“Two years after these devastating storms, the need to rebuild the island remains strong,” Báez, whose family is from the Bayamón area, said in a press release. “Cubs Charities understood the need and has stepped up to the plate to help restore baseball fields and give kids throughout Puerto Rico the opportunity to play the game. This rebuild will make a big difference for the community, and I am proud to continue my efforts to restore the island.”

The recovery efforts in Puerto Rico have been long and tiresome but the fuel behind the revitalization has always been the people. 

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While time may have passed, many on the island of Puerto Rico are still trying to get back on their feet. For Bad Bunny, he knows firsthand the power that activities like baseball have on youth. Growing up, baseball was part of his life and much of his time was spent at many of the ballparks that were destroyed in 2017. 

“Growing up on the island I spent a lot of time in some of these parks that are now destroyed,” says Bad Bunny, whose Good Bunny Foundation is part of the initiative. “In parks similar to these, a lot of great athletes like Roberto Clemente, Yadier Molina, Roberto Alomar, Edgar Martinez, and Ivan Rodriguez grew up. Our commitment is to rebuild these parks so that we can help new athletes grow. This is the first step for the rebirth of sports within the island.”

The rebirth of Puerto Rico is taking time but in that process, there is a sense that an even stronger community will come out of this disaster. While simple things like baseball may not seem significant, it’s a part of the fabric of Puerto Rico and displays the love that is shared playing on a field. This rebirth has already started as construction on the baseball field is underway and most field renovations are set for completion by the 2020 season.

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Latino Celebrities Before And After: These Photos Will Leave You Wondering What’s Real In Life

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Latino Celebrities Before And After: These Photos Will Leave You Wondering What’s Real In Life

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Yes, at some point or another celebrities were like us ‘normal’ people. It’s always nice to see celebrities sharing their photos from the past on the internet because it proves that we all have to start somewhere. Here’s a couple of celebrity throwbacks that will make you look twice. 

Bad Bunny 

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Ba-Ba-Ba-Baby Bad Bunny! The Latin trap star shared a picture of himself as a child on Instagram and it’s absolutely precious! His curly hair is totally non-existent now as he shaves his hair into that recognizable v-shape we all know and love. 

Becky G

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At a young age, Becky G knew she was going to be a star! If you dive into the depths of YouTube, you’ll stumble across Becky G’s videos from eight years ago. From teenager to mujer, we saw Becky G grow up in to one of the most popular artists. Before entering the Latin music scene, Becky G’s greatest hit was “Shower,” which was released 5 years ago. 

Maluma

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Maluma BABY! The Colombian singer recently shared a picture of himself as a kid that will make you say ‘awww, que lindo.’ There are people that look nothing like their younger selves, but there are others who still have that same baby face⁠—Maluma is one of them. Despite the beard and dyed hair, the youthful expression on his face remains. 

Cardi B 

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Ah yes, the picture of Cardi B as a young girl that went viral as a meme for all the right reasons! First, Cardi B was a super cute kid. Second, the picture of her, hand on her hip and forcing a smile, is relatable. We’ve all been in that kind of situation as a kid. On top of all of this, Cardi B still looks the same and the sass she served when she was 5-years-old has only magnified. 

J Balvin 

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J Balvin is almost unrecognizable in this picture! However, his nose really gives it away. Throughout the years, J Balvin’s hair has seen an evolution of its own. From afro, to short, and even a bright pink, we have seen his hair change drastically. 

Karol G

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This a a double before and after, can you guess why? J Balvin is also in this picture. Before they both became the stars that they are now, the two sang together at a party hosted by Karol G’s family. What a small world, right? Although Karol G looks noticeably younger in the photo, a lot of her features have remained the same. 

Jaime Camil

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Look at that hair! Before becoming Rogelio De La Vega on the popular show, “Jane the Virgin,” Jaime Camil was a big celebrity on Mexican television; he starred in the well-known telenovela “La Fea más Bella.” 

America Ferrera


The movies that come to mind when I think of America Ferrera are a “Real Women have Curves” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” Since then, Ferrera has come a long way in her career. She is also into activism and in 2007, she was named as one of Time magazine’s Most Influential People. 

Sofia Vergara

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Sofia Vergara recently shared this throwback picture of herself in Miami Beach, Florida. The now 47-year-old has aged gracefully, not looking that different compared to when she was 18. 

Diane Guerrero 

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Looks familiar? “Orange is the New Black” star, Diane Guerrero, mirrored her childhood photograph for the cover of her memoir, “In the Country we Love.” The two images, side-by-side, are a reminder of the youth Guerrero lost due to the deportation of her family. Guerrero has become a well-known actress that advocates for the rights of immigrants. 

Shakira

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These hips don’t lie and Shakira does not look a day over 40. In this picture, Shakira is 21 years old and she still has the same care-free and youthful look. Kind of hoping we see the red hair make a come back one day. 

Natti Natasha

Natti Natasha looks unrecognizable in this picture! If she wouldn’t have posted this, I would have never guessed that this was a throwback of the Dominican singer. 

Jennifer Lopez

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It goes without saying, Jennifer Lopez has aged like the finest wine ever existed. J.Lo recently turned 50 and went all out to celebrate in style. 

Pitbull

Mr. Worldwide, took to Instagram to share a super cute photo of himself with his mother. 

Zoe Saldana

Can you spot Zoe Saldana? She’s the little girl on the far left. Saldana looks a lot like her mother, proving that it’s all the genes. 

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o had bangs way before they became popular. In the Instagram caption, Nyong’o gives a shout-out to her fuller eyebrows. #ThickBrowsForTheWin!

We all went through our awkward stages (some more so than others) ⁠— it’s a fact of life. Also, transformations don’t happen over night! It takes time to find the right style for you.