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These 15 Photos Track J Balvin’s Hair Evolution From Afro Balvin to Lisa Frank Print And Beyond

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Artists are all about expression and experimentation and that is doubly true if you’re J Balvin. This reggaetonero has taken the world by storm and a huge part of his success is definitely because he’s one artist who’s not afraid to be himself and make a statement, whether it’s through his music or fashion.

The Colombian singer, known for his smash hits such as “Mi Gente,” “Ginza” and “Reggaeton,” has used his platform to flaunt his unique style whether it’s through his music, his fashion and especially his hair.

A natural brunette, Balvin has experimented with all sorts of colors and prints – with some looks more successful than others.

In celebration of his inclusive, positive and unapologetic personality, here’s a look at J Balvin’s hair evolution.

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Long before there was J Balvin, there was Afro Balvin.

Even after he broke out on the music scene, J Balvin stuck to his ‘roots’ for quite awhile…

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The man knows how to work his natural brunette look. And he looks good doing it.

At one point, he took the brunette look to his short and faded look we all know today.

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This is the look that he’s built upon with a whole collection of designs. And why not? It’s such a good base cut.

And we can’t forget this unique rainbow-inspired do…

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That he played around with around the release of ‘Machika.’ And perhaps it’s what has inspired his ‘Arcoiris’ tour…

Or this neon-green soccer ball one.

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I mean that’s pretty amazing.

And from this shaved look, J Balvin has spawned a lookbook of colors, prints, and patterns.

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Like this highlighter yellow. Which I’m not sure how I felt about.

There’s been a burnt orange.

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Which really started out as a bright orange after the highlighter color from above.

And he loves a hot pink.

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Hot pink pops. Especially a highlighter shade like this first one he went with.

He’s even played around with patterns…

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Like when he had this tie-dye look in Paris.

But then went back to a different hot pink.

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This hot pink, slightly more faded than the first, is a lot less harsh and IMO looks a hell of a lot better.

Before giving us major Lisa Frank vibes during Coachella.

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J Balvin owned Coachella and perhaps it was in some part thanks to this amazing hairstyle.

Then he went blonde…

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Which I’m totally feeling on him.

But always a sucker for experimentation…

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He switched back to some badass tiger stripes, saying in an Instragram post “Yo soy tigre.” Cute.

At first he had it more like a white Siberian tiger…

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But a couple of weeks later it was dyed to a more traditional orange-striped tiger.

And now it looks like he’s letting it all grow out.

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What will J Balvin do to his hair next?

J Balvin Gets In The Business Of Japanese Hip Hop As He Announces New Project For Anime Film

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J Balvin Gets In The Business Of Japanese Hip Hop As He Announces New Project For Anime Film

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J Balvin is totally on a roll right now. He’s just released a surprise album, Oasis, with Bad Bunny which has rocketed to the top of the charts and now the Colombian singer has announced a new project that will take him in an entirely different direction.

J Balvin is working with a Japanese hip hop group in an upcoming anime film.

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Reggaetonero and Latin music superstar J Balvin has teamed up with Japan-based hip-hop trio m-flo on the theme song for a new animated movie, called HUMAN LOST, to be released in theaters worldwide this fall.

The popularity of Japan’s anime culture is increasing around the world, so it makes perfect sense for the “Mi Gente” singer to do such an incredible collaboration.

The anime film he’s working on is based on a sci-fi novel from 1948.

The original novel, called No Longer Human, is rated as the second best selling novel in all of Japan. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to assume, that with the backing of J Balvin and m-flo, the new adaptation will do even better.

No Longer Human is told in the form of notebooks left by one Ōba Yōzō, a troubled man incapable of revealing his true self to others, and who is instead forced to uphold a facade of hollow humor.

The film, along with the new track, will hit theatres in the US this fall.

While the animated movie is set to hit the theaters in the U.S. in fall this year, it had its world premiere last Friday at the Anime Expo 2019 in Los Angeles.

M-Flo made a surprise appearance at the event to announce their involvement in the movie’s main theme, which features Balvin.

Turns out, M-Flo and Balvin also performed together at last year’s Summer Sonic Festival in Japan – Balvin’s first time performing in the country.

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The “Safari” singer performed in Japan for the first time last summer at the annual Summer Sonic music festival, where m-flo’s VERBAL suggested they work on the theme song together.

A known fan of Japanese popular culture, Balvin readily accepted the offer and the collaboration took off from there.

Quite a few J Balvin fans were surprised by the annoucement but most were super excited for the project.

It’s definitely a big departure for the reggaeton singer but with the global popularity of Latino singers right now, it’s seems like a perfect match to us.

Some people on Twitter admitted they were just here for the new J Balvin track…not the anime.

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Even if that’s true for some people, anime has exploded into a giant industry worth more than $18 billion globally, so I’d say Balvin is making the right decision.

READ: Bad Bunny And J Balvin Just Dropped Their Joint Album And It’s Exactly What You’d Expect From These Trap Royals

Bad Bunny And J Balvin Just Dropped Their Joint Album And It’s Exactly What You’d Expect From These Trap Royals

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Bad Bunny And J Balvin Just Dropped Their Joint Album And It’s Exactly What You’d Expect From These Trap Royals

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Latin superstars Bad Bunny and J Balvin have been talking about a joint album for months, leaving global fans desperate for at least a taste of the musical gastronome the Puerto Rican rapero and Colombian reggaetonero have been cooking up, but Friday morning the two served up something better: their entire eight-track project, Oasis.

“Welcome to the oasis,” Balvin greets listeners on the EP’s first track “Mojaita,” a hooky reggaeton bop that sets the stage for what follows: “palos,” as Bunny describes it, with major club-appropriate bangers.

The album, largely produced by heavyweights Tainy and Sky Rompiendo, exudes Latino Gang excellence. Lyrically, both artists opted for catchy incantations over clever wordplay, spitting about their joint success and partying with big-bootied bebecitas as well as the pleasures and pains of romance that has defined reggaton’s poppy comeback. Sonically, the two rhyme over Afro-Caribbean riddims, like dancehall and hip-hop, at times even flirting with salsa loops. 

The album features two collaborations. In “Un Peso,” the reggaeton and Latin trap hitmakers link with Argentine rockero Marciano Cantero of Enanitos Verdes, blending their genres effortlessly in a song that disses a trifilin’ ex. In their final track, “Como un Bebé,” the Latino duo bring along Nigerian singer Mr. Eazi. The godfather of Banku music lends his Ghanian style through a trilingual rap about a childish romantic affair.


Oasis is an uncomplicated project meant to be enjoyed, at a Latinx house party, while getting dressed in your room, or during your morning commute. Bunny and Balvin want listeners, especially their Latinx fans, to bask in their success, and that of Latin genres they helped reignite, with them and feel proud to be a part of La Nueva Religion.

The album is an oasis because, as Benito puts it, “it’s a rescue, a relief, to freshen up.”

“When you go to an oasis, you go there to supply yourself with the vital things you are missing, things that you need. That’s why it says water, because human beings can’t live without water,” the trapero told Complex of the project last September.

So far, enthusiasts have agreed. On Twitter, fans of both Balvin and El Conejo Malo have been celebrating the surprise release of the anticipated album and sharing their favorites with the world.

Oasis, which is currently available for streaming on all platforms, is the latest project to come from Bad Bunny, who dropped his debut masterwork X100PRE last Nochebuena, and J Balvin, who delivered his award-winning Vibras last summer.

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