Why Bad Bunny is Everyone’s Favorite Latin Trap Star
Let me tell you about Benito.
You may know him by his stage name, Bad Bunny, but to his family and loved ones, he is known as Benito Martinez Ocasio. This 24-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap singer has gained quite the traction since his debut in 2015 and has become a worldwide reggaeton sensation.
Bad Bunny released his single, “Diles” as an independent artist on SoundCloud, which caught the attention of DJ Luian. Luian later signed Bad Bunny to his record label, Hear this Music. Fast forward to two years later, Bad Bunny launched his breakthrough single, “Soy Peor.” In November of 2017, Bad Bunny hosted Beats 1’s first ever Spanish-language show Trap Kingz. Most recently, at the end of 2018, Bad Bunny gifted his fans with an early Christmas present, the release of his highly anticipated album debut, X 100pre. His album rose to the top quickly, earning the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart. If you’re a Bad Bunny Stan like myself, you have probably noticed that he’s gained fans from all over the world and not just from Latin American countries.
Bad Bunny grew up knowing that music was what he wanted to pursue, being heavily influenced by reggaeton and American hip-hop sounds. There is no doubt he has heavily impacted the two worlds of reggaeton and hip-hop, bridging them together in song collaborations with artists such as J Balvin, Ozuna, Cardi B, and even Drake. However, his music is primarily known as Latin trap. Regardless of his music being placed under the umbrella term “musica Urbana,” the singer-rapper is known for playing with other sounds like electro, bachata, cumbia, and even pop-rock. If you’ve listened to X 100pre, then I’m sure you’ve heard the sounds inspired by these genres.
Now, have you noticed Benito keeps it real cool with all artists surrounding him rather than seeing them as solely competition? Whether it’s his playful provocation or his “I’m me, always” personality that makes Bunny so captivating, there is no doubt his fan base only keeps getting bigger and bigger. I know that when I use the term ‘fans’ you automatically assume the public, but the truth is a lot of artists from a variety of genres in music, are fans on Benito too. Not only does Bad Bunny have no existing beef with any of his contemporaries but is one to show transparency with his fans by talking about what he believes in and is passionate about. This is the main reason everyone loves Benito, his openness with his fans goes a long way.
It is no secret that Bad Bunny supports and represents gender fluidity, he remains crystal clear when it comes to talking about his thoughts on the gender roles society places on everybody. The singer regularly shows himself painting his nails in videos and speaks about his distaste for the way people speak on gender.
In a new profile with GQ, Bad Bunny spoke out once again about being in the center of conversations regarding gender fluidity. The Latin Trap star said he knows he’s not a revolutionary in this field and understands his manicures are only mildly transgressive–considering all of the artists around the world who have expanded the limits of masculine expression and queer pop stars who challenge gender norms.
In the interview, Bunny says, “There’s people that appreciate what I do; there’s people that criticize it.” He goes onto say that there are people who thank him for sticking up for and defending them but there are also people who say he’s an opportunist. He continues by telling the magazine that he doesn’t want to be an artist who never said anything about issues that are significant to him. “If I were like other artists, I’d forget about what’s happening and not say anything,” says the Puerto Rican star.
Not only is Bad Bunny known for standing up for the LGBTQ+ community, but for women as well, attracting fans to call him a “woke king” or “feminist icon.” In his visual for the “Solo de Mi” hit, the artist tackled the rampant violence against women in Puerto Rico, showing Venezuelan model Laura Chimara’s face slowly bruising as she’s lip-syncing to Bad Bunny’s lyrics, “No me vuelvas a decir “Bebé” / Yo no soy tuyo ni de nadie, yo soy sólo de mí.”
The video portrays a declaration of freedom from an abusive relationships, and also a nod to Colectivo Feminista–the Puerto Rican activist group that recently demanded an executive order declaring a state of emergency against domestic violence. Bad Bunny’s ability to talk about these issues rather than staying quiet is also why he has gained so much respect, gratitude, and love from everyone. Check it out below.
Aside from supporting social and political issues, Bad Bunny has the amount of world-wide fans he has now because of one basic reason: for simply being himself. He isn’t afraid to show the world his playful, flamboyant, and magnetic personality–despite of working in a field where machismo is very much still a huge problem. Instead, he continues to flaunt his creative self through his music, style, and even through his Tweets.