Rene Perez Joglar, a.k.a. Residente of Calle 13, sat down with Trevor Noah to discuss the political climate in Puerto Rico and he made his stances very clear. For one, he wants for Puerto Rico to finally have a say on who they elect to be their president rather than just sitting on the sidelines. Puerto Rico, a territory of the U.S., is trying to retain it’s own sovereignty, but not being able to choose a leader has really impacted the island nation, according to Perez Joglar.
“I’m on of the 5 percent of people from Puerto Rico that believe in the independence of Puerto Rico,” Residente told Noah. “And, of course, it’s because I would like it to be like the U.S. with one flag, one national anthem, and with a president. We don’t have a president, well we have Trump as the president, but we don’t get to vote for him.”
Residente also talked candidly about how he was banned from performing in Puerto Rico and recently return to put on a show. Residente confirmed that he at one point called a leader of Puerto Rico a “son-of-a-b•tch,” which led to his music being censored and him being banned from entering his home country. He even talked about how his abuela was never able to watch him perform. Luckily for him, the person he called out lost his reelection and Residente was welcomed back to the island.
Although I’ve found it difficult just to remember to brush my teeth while in isolation, there are plenty of amazing artists living their best lives in quarantine. And the rest of us can enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Artists like Bad Bunny, Karol G, and Maluma have all gifted this strange world we’re living in with some serious bops – and equally mesmerizing videos. Case in point here and here – Bad Bunny in literal drag and Maluma in old man drag, basically.
Now, Residente has added his own touch to quarantine memories with the release of his new song and video for “Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe” and I’m living for it.
Residente’s new video gives me all the feels and it’s really damn beautiful.
“Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe” (“Before the World Ends”) talks about love in social distancing times. “When will we go out again? No one knows,” he sings, before adding, “We better kiss before the world ends.”
The single is full of beautiful metaphors that show Residente’s romantic side. “With your lips I listen to the waves of the ocean, and my feet fill with sand from quarantine,” he raps. He continues to say that the biggest pandemic in the world won’t make him keep a distance from his love, and even if they’re physically apart, the light coming in through the window in the afternoon will unite them.
The video celebrates those who have each other in lockdown. “Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe” depicts a grand total of 113 couples from 80 countries around the world smooching for the camera, for seven minutes of socially distant heaven.
And yes, the video actually features 113 different couples representing different sexual orientations and more than 80 different countries.
The music video features 113 couples from all walks of life, backgrounds, ages, orientations, religions, and genders representing 80 countries around the world — as well as kissing and embracing each other in very intimate moments that make for the most heartwarming 7 minutes and 40 seconds of your life.
It starts with Residente and his girlfriend Kasia Marciniak, and includes surprise appearances by Bad Bunny and Gabriela Berlingeri, NBA player J.J. Barea and Viviana Ortiz, Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef, ZoeSaldana and Marco Perego, Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo, Canelo Álvarez and Fernanda Gómez, Evaluna Montaner and Camilo, and many more who sent Residente their home videos, which he edited into the final piece.
Ricky Martin shared on his Instagram that he and his partner, Yosef, participated in the video to represent Puerto Rico, where he is from, and Syria, where Yosef is from.
He wrote to Residente in the caption, “Hermano, gracias por hacernos parte del mensaje. ¡Que hermosa letra!,” which translates in English to, “Brother, thank you for making us part of this message. Beautiful lyrics!”
The video is a visual representation that love has no boundaries or limits, and it will be what we’ll need most when the world starts opening up again.
Residente hopes that more artists will use this unique moment in history to put out art they truly feel.
In an interview with Billboard, he says that the current pandemic is a unique opportunity for artists to experiment and shake things up creatively.
“It’s a great moment to do things you’ve never done,” he concluded. “Like, I really don’t know why people keep trying to make the same type of hits instead of using this moment to put out things that they’re feeling. You don’t have the need of putting out a hit because you’re not going to perform. If there’s a moment to put out different things, it’s now. Things you’ve never done. Concerts will eventually start but later. This is a chance for artists to reboot and think differently.”
Residente has stayed productive despite living amid a global pandemic.
Beyond this latest video, Residente has kept a very outward-facing presence this quarantine, meeting and discussing the pandemic with world leaders during weekly Instagram Live sessions. Recently, he had on New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to discuss COVID-19, Puerto Rico, and the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Residente and Javier “Javy” Báez playing baseball is the kind of sporting moment we needed.
MLB is rolling out an original series on YouTube and it will give you a chance to see some celebrities take to the field and try their stuff. “The Tryout” started May 18 and the first celebrity up to bat is Puerto Rican rap superstar René “Residente” Pérez Joglar. The show merges both baseball and entertainment in a new and fun way. The show is centered around baseball because, well, MLB, however, it does create special moments of the athletes and celebrities. There is an ease to their conversations that is akin to an interview but just feels like a conversation between friends.
Now, Residente was pretty confident in his abilities to play the game. After all, he has spent his life playing the sport because it is one of his favorite hobbies. Though he tried to temper everyone’s expectations, Residente did say that he would do decent at tryouts. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the “Atréve-Te-Te” singer played catch, caught some ground balls, and batted. Yet, the conversations they had about the best Latino baseball players and their beloved Puerto Rico are where the magic happened.
While warming up, Residente and Báez spoke about Hurricane Maria. It has been three years since the hurricane devastated the Caribbean island they both call home. Maria left millions of American citizens living in Puerto Rico without power, running water, and essential services for many months. When the hurricane happened, Báez and Residente knew that they had to do something.
Residente and Báez swapped stories about where they were during the hurricane and what they did in response. Residente was on tour in Chile and Argentina when the 2017 hurricane killed thousands of people. He immediately went into action and began collecting supplies the people of Puerto Rico needed and sent it all by military plane.
Báez had a similar reaction. The Chicago Cubs player was playing a game when the hurricane hit Puerto Rico. Báez wanted to do something so he was able to convince his manager to send some help. At first, Báez said his manager was concerned he was going to try to go to Puerto Rico but he told the manager that wasn’t possible so they collected supplies and sent them by plane to the people.
There are more episodes of “The Tryout” coming to YouTube soon.