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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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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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Los veo ya mismo en el Luna Park 🇦🇷

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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!

From Nipsey Hussle To Jose Jose, This Year We Had To Say Goodbye To Many Icons—Here’s A Roundup Of Celebrities Lost In 2019

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From Nipsey Hussle To Jose Jose, This Year We Had To Say Goodbye To Many Icons—Here’s A Roundup Of Celebrities Lost In 2019

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With 2019 ending in just a couple weeks, we’re taking a look back at the stars we lost in 2019. Learning of the death of a childhood hero, or an icon you look up to is always a sad experience, and unfortunately, 2019 was a year when we had to say goodbye to too many of them. From political big-hitters, to rappers, reggaeton artists and dancers, many icons passed away this year, and all will be greatly missed. Here’s to them:

Jose Jose

The Mexican musical icon died this year after battling pancreatic cancer. “El Príncipe de la canción” (Prince of Song), had tweeted in June that he was undergoing therapy and thanked his fans for their support. He was known for romantic ballads like “La Nave del Olvido,” “40 y 20,” “Gavilán o Paloma” and “El Triste,” and many more songs that became hits throughout his career of more than half a century.

Shelley Morrison 

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The actress best known as Rosario Salazar, Karen Walker’s maid and confidante on “Will & Grace” — died on Dec. 1 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from heart failure following a brief illness, publicist Lori De Waal told People magazine. She was 83. “Shelley’s greatest pride as an actress was in playing the indomitable Rosario, in a comedy series that furthered the cause of social equity and fairness for LGBTQ people. 

Alicia Alonso 

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Legendary Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso passed on October 17 at the age of 98 in a hospital of La Habana. She was the first western dancer to perform in the Soviet Union in 1957. She was the Cuban government’s highest artistic figure. 

Edith Gonzales

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The Telenovela star lost her battle with cancer at 54 on the 13th of June, after two years fighting against the disease. There was a public homage in honor of her at the Jorge Negrete Theater in Ciudad de Mexico.

Carolina Bittencourt 

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Brazilian model Bittencourt died in São Paulo at the end of April after she drowned in an attempt to rescue her dogs who fell out of the sailboat she was on with her husband, Jorge Sestini. She was 37.

Nipsey Hussle

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The rapper Nipsey Hussle died in April after a shooting in Los Angeles near a clothing store he owned.

Fabio Legarda

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The Colombian reggaetonero died on February 7 during a shooting in Medellin. The musician was in his car, where he received a shot to the head which caused severe damage. Fellow Colombian artists like Juanes, Maluma and J Balvin expressed their condolences for the loss of this young talent.

Fernando Gaitan

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The writer and producer of the world’s most famous telenovela ‘Betty La Fea’ passed away at 58 years of age. His iconic telenovela is considered to be the most successful in the world. He also worked on the adaptation of Betty, for US audiences ‘Betty en Nueva York’, coming to Telemundo on February 4, 2020.

Silver King

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Professional lucha libre wrestler and actor King died after collapsing from a heart attack during his performance in London on May 11, The Guardian reported.

Kevin Fret

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The Latin trap singer was murdered this January. He was the first openly gay trap singer and debuted in 2018 with his single “Soy Asi.”

Juice WRLD

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The Chicago-born artist, whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, died after reportedly having a seizure at Chicago’s Midway Airport. 

Sulli

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The former member of the popular K-Pop girl group f(x) was found dead in her Sujeong-gu apartment on Oct. 14. She was 25. 

Carl Ruiz

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The beloved Food Network star died on Sept. 21 at 44. His official cause of death has not been announced but Ruiz’s family confirmed the sad news by creating the Twitter account, @wemisscarlruiz.

Emily Hartridge 

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The YouTube star died on July 12, at the age of 35, in an electric scooter collision. An announcement was made on her official Instagram account on Saturday.

Cameron Boyce 

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The star of the Disney Channel franchise Descendants and the television series Jessie died on July 6. He was 20.

Gabriel Diniz

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Brazilian pop star Diniz died in a plane crash in Brazil in late May, his record label confirmed. He was 28 years old. The singer was reportedly flying from Salvador to his girlfriend Karoline Calheiros’s birthday party in Maceió on May 27 when the small plane he was a passenger on crashed in the town of Porto Do Mato, Estância, on the southern coast of Sergipe, Brazil.

Doris Day

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Day, the beautiful blonde whose sunny screen presence and singing voice guaranteed box-office and record-chart hits in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, died on May 13, her rep confirmed. She was 97.

Max Azria 

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Azria, founder of the iconic American fashion brand BCBGMAXAZRIA, died on May 6 in a Houston hospital, WWD reported. He was 70. According to the outlet, the legendary Tunisian-born designer died of lung cancer.