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Bad Bunny’s Big Break

By Robert Metzger, Staff Writer

Latin music artist Bad Bunny is one of the most dominant names in the industry at the moment. His latest project Un Verano Sin Ti not only brought his career to new heights, but has brought reggaeton music to the mainstream. 

His rise to stardom was quick but also expected considering the amount of talent he has. Bad Bunny, born as Benito Antonia Matinez Ocascio, was born and raised in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. He was a member of the lower middle class, where his father was a truck driver, and his mother an English teacher. He grew up listening to Latin music, and as he got older, he started creating his own songs. 

“Bad Bunny is one of the best artists around. Considering that he has only been around for a short period of time, it is mindblowing to see the amount of success he has had thus far,” junior education major Erin Carlin said. 

Bad Bunny’s debut album titled X 100pre was released on Dec. 24, 2018. It was met with some commercial success, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart. Since then, he has released three more studio albums, each gaining more popularity and sales. 

He was most known for his features on songs such as “I Like It” by Cardi B, and “Un Dia” by J Balvin and Dua Lipa. However, this changed when Bad Bunny released his fourth studio album in 2022. 

Bad Bunny’s most recent studio album titled Un Verano Sin Ti was released on May 6, 2022 and it completely blew away the expectations of fans and critics alike. 

Un Verano Sin Ti soared to the top of the Billboard 200 chart and stayed atop the chart for an outstanding 13 weeks. The album is a celebration of his Puerto Rican heritage, but is not afraid to discuss political topics. 

Fans of Bad Bunny praised him for the innovation shown on the album.

“This album changed the reggaeton scene. It not only is some of Bad Bunny’s best work, but it pushed the boundaries of what we normally hear in the genre,” Carlin said. 

The album is 23 tracks long and clocks in at 1 hour 21 minutes long, split into a Side A and Side B. Prior to the album’s release, Bad Bunny posted on his Instagram, “people, we have to worry less and enjoy more because life goes too fast.” Essentially, Bad Bunny wanted his fans to enjoy the music and treat it as a celebration of life more than anything.

“The best part about Bad Bunny is that his songs are so much more than what is being displayed on the surface. Sure, the song sounds like a fun summer banger, but if you take the time to read his lyrics, he discusses serious topics that some artists are afraid to discuss in their songs,” junior fashion merchandising major Grace Catanese said. 

“I think it is so impressive that an artist like Bad Bunny was able to skyrocket his career to a place of superstardom in such a short amount of time. Some artists can only dream of having his successes, especially so early on in their careers,” junior education major Katelyn Roseman said. Un Verano Sin Ti proves that Bad Bunny can create an album that tells a complete story from start to end. He is an artist that cares about the work he puts out, and if he continues on this trajectory, he is an artist that can continue to make music that tops charts.

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