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

bernie martínez ocasio well known as 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. Here are some Bad Bunny Facts.

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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Here more details about Bad Bunny roots. 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.


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Bad Bunny Is His Own Competition At 2021 Billboard Music Awards + More Latin Nominees

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Bad Bunny Is His Own Competition At 2021 Billboard Music Awards + More Latin Nominees

The nominees for this year’s Billboard Music Awards are out. In one of the Latin categories, all three of Bad Bunny’s quarantine albums are nominated. The Puerto Rican superstar faces off with himself, J Balvin, and Anuel AA.

The winners at the Billboard Music Awards are based on sales, streaming, and chart performance.

The Billboard Music Awards gathers its nominees and winners from data on the charts this past year. If no one was buying or streaming your music, then you won’t get nominated. If you know the sales figures of the nominees, it’s easy to tell who will end up taking the award.

Good luck to whoever is nominated against Bad Bunny.

It should be no surprise that Bad Bunny dominated the nominations in the Latin categories. YHLQMDLG peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and El Último Tour Del Mundo became the first all-Spanish album in history to hit No. 1. To whoever is nominated alongside Benito, good luck.

All three of Benito’s albums that he dropped during the COVID-19 quarantine are nominated in one category.

In the Top Latin Album category, Bad Bunny is impressively nominated three times for YHLQMDLG, Las Que No Iban a Salir, and El Último Tour Del Mundo. His competition in the category includes fellow Boricua Anuel AA’s Emmanuel and Colombiano J Balvin’s Colores albums.

Karol G, Becky G, and La Rosalía face off for Top Latin Female Artist.

The Top Latin Artist nominees are all men, including Bad Bunny, his previous competition, Maluma, and Ozuna. In the Top Latin Male Artist category, it’s Benito against Ozuna and J Balvin. In the Top Latin Female Artist category, Chicana singer Becky G faces Colombiana Karol G and Spanish pop star Rosalía.

All of last year’s big hits are nominated in Top Latin Song category.

The Top Latin Song category captures all of the bangers from the past year. Bad Bunny is nominated twice for “Yo Perreo Sola” and “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez. Maluma and The Weeknd’s “Hawái” remix is also up for the award with the Black Eyed Peas’ “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)” with J Balvin and Ozuna’s “Caramelo” remix featuring Karol G and Myke Towers.

The Billboard Music Awards will air on May 23. The live show will be broadcast on NBC and hosted by the Jonas Brothers’ Nick Jonas.

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Alternative Boricua Singer iLe Dazzles in “No Es Importante” Music Video

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Alternative Boricua Singer iLe Dazzles in “No Es Importante” Music Video

Puerto Rican singer-songwriter iLe puts on a show in her music video for “No Es Importante.” The former Calle 13 member dances like there’s no tomorrow to her new single.

iLe was part of Calle 13 with her brothers.

Ileana Mercedes Cabra Joglar, who is better known as iLe, was in the Boricua group Calle 13 with her brothers, Residente and Visitante. Before their hiatus in 2015, the trio won an astonishing 21 Latin Grammy Awards. Calle 13 also has three Grammy Awards.

iLe collaborated with Residente and Bad Bunny on a musical takedown of Puerto Rico’s governor in 2019.

iLe went solo in 2016 with her debut album iLevitable, which garnered her the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist. She recently made waves around the world when she teamed up with Residente and fellow Boricua Bad Bunny for “Afilando Los Cuchillos.” The song was released in 2019 in response to Puerto Rico’s corrupt governor Ricardo Roselló. Following massive protests on the island, Roselló resigned from the job.

iLe moves on from a bad romance in “No Es Importante.”

“No Es Importante” marks iLe’s first release of 2021. In the tender tune, she sings about letting go of a toxic relationship. This is one of the most understated yet bluesy releases yet. Her epiphany that she deserves better is powerful.

“‘No Es Importante’ is a song that speaks from an intimate perspective,” iLe said in a statement. “When you need to make yourself realize that someone has been inhabiting your mind for too long and it’s time to let go.”

In the music video, she performs the heck out of the song.

In the music video for “No Es Importante,” iLe does karaoke to her own song in Puerto Rican restaurant. Even though no one is paying attention to her, she has the time of her life under a disco ball. When she disconnects the microphone at the end, it feels like she’s broken free of the romance.

“No Es Importante” previews iLe’s upcoming album. She won the Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Song last year thanks to her collaboration “En Cantos” with Natalia Lafourcade.

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