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Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Reggaeton Fans React To Aleks Syntek’s Comments On The Genre

Mexican pop singer Aleks Syntek (you might remember him from that mid-2000s track “Duele el Amor”) is causing a stir once again for his comments about reggaeton and urban music. This time reggaeton stars and fans are not letting his comments slide.

Aleks Syntek posted a follow-up to the saga, and it’s clearly a dig at reggaeton artists.

“Even among poets and crazies there are codes of ethics, and if you use vulgarity and misogyny as the hook for success without thinking about the common good, then you don’t deserve respect.”

The string of uploads started with an Instagram story about his displeasure of hearing reggaeton during the day.

Syntek was having breakfast at the airport and was not okay with seeing the song’s accompanying music video on during daylight hours.

Please, keep the pornographic club music for the club, not for public spaces at 10 a.m. My children will thank you.”

Reggaeton artists such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny, and Arcangel,  as well as fans of the genre, took to social media to shut down the shade.

Bad Bunny also became a part of the conversation by posting a video with a young fan rapping alongside him at a concert.

He captioned the post, “A good father isn’t one who prohibits his children from listening to today’s music. A good father is one who, regardless of what music his son listens to, educates him to be a good person. Who has the heart to deny this moment to this kid?”

In a now-deleted Instagram post, Arcangel said he is a Syntek fan but asked what’s bugging the pop artist so much.

Some trap and reggaeton fans took to Twitter and Instagram as well to express their discontent with Syntek’s comments.

That is almost as bad as telling someone that you are disappointed in them.

Some were telling him to delete and chill.


One user reminded Syntek of the genre’s roots.

The user also pointed out that his fight was also a fight against the music of the African diaspora, and that reggaeton’s roots came from youth who felt marginalized on the fringes of society.

Following the backlash from fans and artists, Syntek posted follow-up posts to clarify his comments.

“I’m simply asking that the content of that entertainment be regulated, which is not suitable for children in public places and is in appropriate at times,” Syntek wrote. “My suggestion was directed at the people responsible, not the people creating the music.”

This has not been the first time Syntek has criticized reggaeton. In an interview last year, he called the genre pornographic music with lyrics about misogyny and that that “music comes from apes.” 

READ: Dave Grohl Thought He Discovered A New Rhythm But Someone Reminded Him Reggaeton Did It First

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J Balvin Debuts ‘Ma’ G’ with Canelo, Joins ‘Pokémon’ Album


J Balvin Debuts ‘Ma’ G’ with Canelo, Joins ‘Pokémon’ Album

J Balvin had a pretty busy weekend. The Colombian superstar performed his new single “Ma’ G” at the Canelo vs. Yildirim boxing match. He also announced that he will be a part of the Pokémon 25 album.

J Balvin entered the ring with Canelo.

J Balvin performed at the big boxing match and joined Canelo Álvarez in his walk to the ring. At the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Balvin gave a fiery performance of “Ma’ G” that led into his 2018 global hit “Mi Gente.” The latter served as the soundtrack to Canelo’s epic entrance. That must’ve added to Canelo’s luck because he defeated Avni Yildirim.

J Balvin went back to his hometown for the “Ma’ G” music video.

“Ma’ G” was written by J Balvin, his longtime producer Alejandro “Sky Rompiendo” Ramírez, and “Tusa” co-writer Keityn. After tackling drill music with Eladio Carrión in “TATA,” Balvin gives the genre another spin here as he boasts about being the best. In Spanish, he says that he’s strong like Mike Tyson and he’s breaking through like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Balvin’s getting his swagger back with this triumphant return to his hip-hop roots.

The self-proclaimed “El niño de Medellín” returned to the city that raised him in the “Ma’ G” music video. The homecoming king got the streets dancing for him. Balvin is back with this first taste of new music from his next album.

Balvin is also joining the Pokémon franchise.

After Post Malone celebrated 25 years of Pokémon in a virtual concert on Feb. 27, J Balvin revealed that he will be part of a special compilation album. Katy Perry will join him, Posty, and other not-yet-announced artists for the Poké LP that’s due out this fall.

Read: J Balvin Gives Drill Music a Spin in Eladio Carrión’s “TATA” Music Video

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J Balvin and Karol G Lead 2021 Latin American Music Awards Nominations, Bad Bunny Follows


J Balvin and Karol G Lead 2021 Latin American Music Awards Nominations, Bad Bunny Follows

The nominations for this year’s Latin American Music Awards have just been released. The most-nominated artists are Colombia’s J Balvin and Karol G with nine nominations each. Right behind them is Puerto Rican superstar Bad Bunny with eight nominations.

The Latin AMAs are recognizing the power of la “Tusa.”

Undoubtedly, 2020 was a big year in Karol G’s career thanks to her monster smash “Tusa” with Nicki Minaj. She’s the only woman in the Artist of the Year category alongside heavy-hitters like J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Maluma, and Ozuna. “Tusa” is up for Song of the Year and Collaboration of the Year, which also grants Minaj a few Latin AMAs nominations.

Bad Bunny and J Balvin face-off in most of the major categories.

Thanks to his feature another one of last year’s big hits, “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)” with the Black Eyed Peas, J Balvin is tied with Karol G. It’s also up for Song of the Year and Collaboration of the Year. Balvin’s Colores faces off with Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG in the Album of the Year category. Benito is up for Song of the Year as well for his perreo-de-résistance “Yo Perreo Sola.”

The Latin AMAs are also recognizing the rising regional Mexican music stars.

Ozuna follows Bad Bunny with seven nominations. Colombian pop star Camilo and Karol G’s fiancé Anuel AA hold six nominations each. The Latin American Music Awards also has genre-based categories, allowing for rising Mexican acts like Natanael Cano, Christian Nodal, and Eslabon Armado to be among the night’s most-nominated acts with five nominations each.

Thanks to the recent phenomenon of pop stars teaming up with Latin music artists, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, and Carrie Underwood are among the interesting nominees. Fans can vote for their favorites now and see the full nominations list at The Latin AMAs will air live on Telemundo on April 15.

Read: 10 Rising Latin Music Stars to Watch For in 2021

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