“Safari,” the latest single from J. Balvin’s album “Energía,” is packed with heavy, ear-thumping intensity and this recently-released video — not quite a full video and not a lyric video — will take you on a safari-level acid trip. The track features J. Balvin backed by the ballistic rhymes of BIA, the beauty of Sky, and the sweet Spanish-language vocals of Pharrell, who produced the track. Balvin described the enthusiasm that went into making the song: “When you work with Pharrell, you gotta bring 200 percent.”
Barely a month old, “Energía” has already received colossal levels of love from Balvin’s fans, as well as critical acclaim across the globe. The first video from the album, “Bobo,” already has over 238 million views on YouTube, and holds the single day record of views for a Latin artist. The mass-appeal of “Bobo” shows that Balvin’s strength as a musician comes from his ability to connect with his audience. Balvin recently told Billboard that relatable lyrics equal success: “And that’s what happened with ‘Bobo’.”
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
I mean that’s pretty amazing.
And from this shaved look, J Balvin has spawned a lookbook of colors, prints, and patterns.
Like this highlighter yellow. Which I’m not sure how I felt about.
There’s been a burnt orange.
Which really started out as a bright orange after the highlighter color from above.
And he loves a hot pink.
Hot pink pops. Especially a highlighter shade like this first one he went with.
He’s even played around with patterns…
Like when he had this tie-dye look in Paris.
But then went back to a different hot pink.
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.
J Balvin owned Coachella and perhaps it was in some part thanks to this amazing hairstyle.
Then he went blonde…
Which I’m totally feeling on him.
But always a sucker for experimentation…
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…
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.
So far 2019 has been a breakout year for Colombian megastar, J Balvin.
He is not only one of the hottest acts in Spanish-language music but across the entire music industry.
At Coachella, he delivered one of the most talked about performances in a star-studded lineup and even gave a shout out to classic reggaeton.
Like if J Balvin isn’t a Coachella headliner next year, trust that #BoycottCoachella will be a thing.
He’s been all over US talk shows and he’s announced a North American tour with Lyanno and Eladio Carrion.
His summer tour is going to be one of the highlights of summer. I already know.
And after this weekend, the Colombian made history becoming the first reggaetonero to appear on Saturday Night Live.
The singer performed alongside the likes of DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, SZA, and Lil Wayne.
Performing with a star-studded lineup, J Balvin was there to represent.
That Saturday Night Live stage was pure party mode and we were totally living for it.
And obviously, he didn’t disappoint us, repping the Latino community by singing in Spanish on the main stage.
In a country where all too often Latino voices aren’t heard and speaking Spanish can even land you in an ICE detention center, this was everything.
Basically everyone who was watching his performance on SNL.
I know because this was me.
There’s already a growing chorus of J Balvin fans demanding he gets his own set next season.
And we are stanning.
The 34-year-old singer though already has a busy lineup ahead. This summer he’ll become the first Latino artist to headline Lollapalooza in Chicago.
J Balvin is living his best life.
And I am absolutely living for him.
But as a diehard Maluma fan, I have to question why just him?
Maluma has been pumping out album after album with hit after hit and yet he’s just not getting the attention he deserves.
The two are this year’s best bromance.
They’re both from the city of Medellín and both built their careers up from the likes of Daddy Yankee and Shakira.
And that’s all great, but where is Maluma’s hype?
I mean everyone remembers how he was completely ignored at the Met Gala, right?
Despite being one of the absolute best-dressed guys there.
And with the release of his new album, “11:11”, history seems to be repeating itself.
This is an abomination. Maluma has morphed from Pretty Boy to Dirty Boy. He’s got collabs with Shakira, Annita, and Madonna. And J Balvin! And he is pure fire.
Even his summer bop with Becky G isn’t getting much love.
Why? How is this even possible?
This isn’t taking away from J Balvin in any way, but Maluma is also the total package and I for one think there is enough room for both reggaeton superstars.
So yea…can we make sure that we all get back to talking about the “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy” and make sure that Maluma has as epic a year as J Balvin?
I’m hoping that this is just a phase and that 2019 is going to be an epic year for Maluma.
Aside from partnering with major brands, he’s also starting to embrace more social messages in his songs and videos.
Plus he’s got his new album out, “11:11” and he’s got collab after collab going down. I mean everything from Fifth Harmony and Shakira to Madonna and Marc Anthony. Most recently he teamed up with Lil Pump and XXXTentacion for “Arms Around You” which gave the superstar his first Top 40 entry and highest-charting hit yet.