Bad Bunny is a Latin trap & reggaeton rapper/singer who rose to prominence with "Diles" in 2016 and has since become one of the biggest stars in Latin music. Here‘s an in-depth look at the artist known for his eclectic style and outspoken social activism.
|Full Name||Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio|
|Birthday||March 10, 1994|
|Relationship||In a relationship|
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Bad Bunny grew up in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, where he enjoyed listening to reggaeton and trap music from a young age. As a teenager, he started performing locally under the name Bad Bunny. Initially, music was just a hobby – he was studying audiovisual communication at the University of Puerto Rico while working at a supermarket.
In 2016, Bad Bunny began posting tracks on SoundCloud, gaining a significant following with songs like "Diles" and "Soy Peor." I still remember hearing those songs for the first time and being blown away by his raw talent and unique style. It was clear he was on the verge of stardom.
Rise to Fame with Mixtapes
With his SoundCloud buzz growing, Bad Bunny quit university to focus on his blossoming music career. In 2017, he released his breakout mixtape X 100pre, which included the hit "Tu No Vive Asi."
The mixtape shot to number one on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart, proving Bad Bunny had successfully crossover from an underground sensation to a mainstream Latin trap star.
He continued his momentum with 2018‘s Oasis, a collaborative mixtape with J Balvin loaded with summer anthems like "La Cancion." As a long-time fan, it was incredible seeing Bad Bunny‘s rapid ascent to the top of the Latin music world.
Global Superstardom with Chart-Topping Albums
Bad Bunny‘s debut studio album X 100pre dropped on Christmas Eve 2018, becoming his first top 10 hit on the US Billboard 200. The album showcased his versatility across Latin trap, reggaeton, bachata and pop.
2020 saw Bad Bunny release two more chart-smashing albums—YHLQMDLG and El Último Tour Del Mundo, the latter becoming the first all-Spanish language album to hit number 1 on the Billboard 200.
As his profile rose exponentially, Bad Bunny undertook massive sold-out world tours, released iconic music videos and collabs with Drake, Cardi B and Jhay Cortez. It felt like history being made with each new achievement.
Eclectic Style and Activism
Beyond the music, Bad Bunny is admired for his unapologetic sense of style. He rocks painted nails, colorful patterns, skirts, jewelry—an aesthetic that challenges traditional gender norms. His fashion-forward looks have been splashed across magazine covers like Rolling Stone.
Never afraid to use his platform for good, Bad Bunny has been outspoken about LGBTQ+ rights, speaking out against domestic violence and transphobia. After the devastating Hurricane Maria, he criticized the government‘s response. His activism and pride in his Puerto Rican roots endear him to fans worldwide.
Lasting Cultural Impact
In just a few short years, Bad Bunny has become a cultural phenomenon—the voice of the Latinx community and a harbinger of the genre-blending future of Latin music.
With his willingness to push boundaries, both sonically and aesthetically, Bad Bunny has redefined Latin stardom on his own terms. In my eyes, he is the most exhilarating, enigmatic and influential artist in the world right now. There‘s no limit to Bad Bunny‘s potential.