For both those who hate him and love him, his influence is unquestionable. His power through music and aesthetics has achieved an unprecedented generational change.
In 2020, the Puerto Rican was recognized with the Best Composer of the Year award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), generating controversy among his detractors who consider his music “mediocre” and ” tasteless”.
From his beginnings as an independent artist on SoundCloud to becoming the greatest exponent of urban music today, Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, better known as Bad Bunny, has been characterized by a musical style defined by trap.
With the release of his album “Un Verano Sin Ti”, Bad Bunny marked a before and after in his career. Several of his songs evidenced the quality of his composition with poetic verses and deep lyrics, influenced by Caribbean musical genres and rhythms, from reggaeton, Latin trap and dembow, to merengue, cumbia, reggae and dancehall.
In a genre in which lyrics with a high sexual content predominate and which mostly use the figure of women, Bad Bunny has managed to deconstruct the archetype of urban music and represent the new generations and their diversity.
With “Un Verano Sin Ti”, Bad Bunny got the recognition he needed on the world music scene. His songs rose to the top of the popularity and streaming charts. Most of them evidenced the quality of his composition with deep and poetic verses, influenced by Caribbean musical genres and rhythms, from reggaeton, Latin trap and dembow, to merengue, cumbia, reggae and dancehall.
With a short but promising career, his music has also led him to explore and confront realities such as gender violence, feminism, sexual diversity and the politics of his country.
He recently received three nominations at the 2023 Grammy Awards, in the categories of Album of the Year (first album in Spanish to get it), Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Urban Music Album. At the last installment of the MTV Video Music Awards, he became the first Latino to win the Artist of the Year award.
He has also managed to place two of his albums, “El último tour del mundo” and “Un verano sin ti”, at number one on the Billboard 200 list, a milestone that no Latino artist had achieved until now.
“I don’t know what happened, another love that suddenly failed. In my room it is raining and outside is the sun”
Bad Bunny- “A summer without you”
“My heart is not made of sand, but you are leaving your footprints”
Bad Bunny- “Teach me to dance”
“She doesn’t want a flower, she just wants them not to wither”
Bad Bunny, Buscabulla – “Andrea”
“And if the day gets ugly, you make it beautiful for me. I no longer ask for more wishes, I have everything I need ”
Bad Bunny- “I went on vacations”
“Tell me where we are going after the beach. If we dry off, I’ll bring the towel.”
Bad Bunny- “After the beach”
“Here there is no sin and making mistakes is beautiful. Mistakes are pleasures, just like all your little kisses.
Bad Bunny, Stereo Bomb – “Pretty eyes”
“The Sun next to you is not that bright. I am Da Vinci and you are my work of art.”
Bad Bunny, Jhay Cortez – “Tarot”
“She put her heart in the fridge, she says that this summer she will be alone”
Bad Bunny- “Little fridge”
“If you were a wave, then let the current take me”
Bad Bunny, Tony Dize – “The current”
“I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that I feel like this, whenever you’re close to me”
Bad Bunny- “Effect”
“The baby studied psychology and with me she did her doctorate”
Bad Bunny- “Downpour”
“While the night came I don’t know what happened, but I got lost in your gaze”
Bad Bunny, The Marias – “Another sunset”
“What I want with you, where you say I follow you. I asked God for a wish, but he has not fulfilled it.”
Bad Bunny- “August”
“The last petal told me that there is still a chance”
Bad Bunny- “A coconut”
“If I don’t write to you, you don’t write to me. If you want, I’ll look for you, I know where you live”
Bad Bunny- “Moscow Mule”
“A Summer Without You” by Bad Bunny, best album of 2022
Time magazine released its list of the 10 best albums of 2022, naming Bad Bunny’s “A Summer Without You” album of the year.
The prestigious American magazine described “Un Verano Sin Ti” as “an album about heartbreak, yes, but also an authentic love letter to his homeland, Puerto Rico, and a sound tribute to the Caribbean diaspora.”
“No other album had as much universal appeal (and, let’s face it, adoration) this year as Un Verano Sin Ti, Bad Bunny’s glorious fourth solo studio album,” the magazine noted in a top 10 list that includes “Motomami.” by Rosalía and “Renaissance” by Beyoncé.
Composed of 23 songs, Bad Bunny’s album features numerous collaborations: “Tarot”, along with Jhayco; “Party”, with Rauw Alejandro; “Me Porto Bonito”, with Chencho Corleone; “La Corriente”, together with Tony Dize; “Andrea”, along with Buscabulla; “Otro Atardecer”, with the indie pop band, The Marías; and “Ojitos Lindos”, with the Colombians Bomba Estéreo.
“Fueled by Caribbean musical styles, ranging from reggaeton and dembow to merengue and cumbia, and bolstered by elements of dance hall and techno, Benito firmly roots the album in the most personal, drawing on the universal experiences of love. , loss and the supreme pleasure of being alive,” the magazine added.
He also stated that it is “an exceptional project that defies genres, is intergenerational and innovative.”
“Un Verano Sin Ti” is Bad Bunny’s fourth solo album, after “X 100pre” (2018), “YHLQMDLG” (2020) and “El Último Tour Del Mundo” (2020). Plus one compilation, “Those Who Were Not Going Out” (2020); and a collaborative one, “Oasis”, together with J Balvin.
He recently made history by being nominated for Album of the Year at the 2023 Grammy Awards, being the first album in Spanish to achieve it. It was also nominated in the categories Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Urban Music Album. “Listening to this album is an act of defiance, celebration, and radical love,” the article concluded.
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Bad Bunny: the poetic verses of his songs