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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.

READ: Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The One And Only Daddy Yankee

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.


READ: Test Your Bad Bunny Fandom By Taking This Quiz On The ‘Esta Rico’ Lyrics

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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!

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.

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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.”