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Latin trap, Reggaeton

Bad Bunny

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Last updated on
February 19, 2024

Early Life and Foundations

Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio (professionally known as Bad Bunny) was born on March 10, 1994 in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, to Tito Martínez, a truck driver, and Lysaurie Ocasio, a retired schoolteacher, Bad Bunny's early life was steeped in music, thanks to his parents' diverse musical tastes. His engagement with music began in his childhood, singing in the church choir until age 13, which laid the foundation for his musical career. The origin of his stage name, "Bad Bunny," is attributed to a childhood photograph of him looking displeased in a bunny costume, a playful nod to his future persona.

Career Beginnings

Bad Bunny's musical journey took a significant turn when he started publishing his songs on SoundCloud in 2013. His track "Diles" caught the attention of DJ Luian, leading to a recording contract with Hear This Music. This marked the beginning of his ascent in the Latin music scene, characterized by his unique blend of Latin trap and reggaeton.

Rise to Stardom

His early singles, such as "Soy Peor," quickly garnered attention, establishing him as a fresh voice in Latin trap and reggaeton. Collaborations with notable artists like Farruko, Karol G, Ozuna, and J Balvin, alongside hits like "I Like It" with Cardi B and "Mia" with Drake, catapulted him to international fame. His participation in these collaborations showcased his ability to bridge the gap between Latin music and the mainstream market.

Discography and Achievements

Bad Bunny's discography is a testament to his versatility and innovation. His debut album, "X 100pre" (2018), received critical acclaim for its eclectic mix of genres. This was followed by "Oasis" (2019) with J Balvin, "YHLQMDLG" (2020), "El Último Tour Del Mundo" (2020), and "Un Verano Sin Ti" (2022). Each album contributed to his evolution as an artist, with "El Último Tour Del Mundo" becoming the first all-Spanish album to top the Billboard 200. "Un Verano Sin Ti" became the most streamed album on Spotify as of December 2023, with over 14 billion streams, earning Bad Bunny Guinness World Record.

"Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana"

In 2023, Bad Bunny released "Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana," an album that further solidified his status as a dynamic and innovative artist. This project, consisting of 22 tracks, exemplifies his willingness to experiment with different sounds and genres, showcasing his growth and versatility as an artist.

Personal Life and Activism

Bad Bunny's personal life, including his relationships and activism, has garnered significant attention. His relationship with Gabriela Berlingeri has been notable, with the couple collaborating on various projects. Additionally, rumors of his relationship with Kendall Jenner have captivated fans and media alike. Beyond his personal life, Bad Bunny is recognized for his activism, particularly in support of LGBTQ rights and addressing Puerto Rican political issues. His style and public appearances often challenge traditional norms, contributing to his role as a cultural icon.

Legal Issues and Controversies

In March 2023, a woman who had been in a relationship with Bad Bunny from 2011 to 2016 filed a US$40 million lawsuit against the rapper and his manager for unauthorized usage of a recording of her voice. This legal battle highlights the complexities and challenges that have accompanied his rise to fame.

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