Bad Bunny

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Bad Bunny
Bad Bunny concierto Ecuador 2.jpg
Bad Bunny during a concert in Ecuador, 2018
Background information
Birth name Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio
Born (1994-03-10) March 10, 1994 (age 24)
San Juan, Puerto Rico, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2015–present
Labels Hear this Music
Associated acts

Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio (born March 10, 1994), known by his stage name Bad Bunny, is a Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton rapper, singer and songwriter.[1] While working in a supermarket as a bagger and studying at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, Bad Bunny gained popularity on SoundCloud.

Early life and education[edit]

Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio was born on March 10, 1994 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[2] Martínez wanted to be a singer since he was five years old.[3]

He took courses in audiovisual communication at University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.[4]


While working at a supermarket as a bagger, Bad Bunny also released music as an independent artist.[3][5] Bad Bunny's song "Diles", on SoundCloud, caught the attention of DJ Luian who signed him to his record label, Hear this Music. By DJ Luian signing him, he was able to work with more well-known Latino artists.[6] Since then, he has earned multiple top-ten entries on the US Hot Latin Songs chart. His breakthrough single, "Soy Peor", established him as a forerunner in the Latin American trap scene and reached number 22 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.[7] "Soy Peor's" lyrics and mood simultaneously perform loss and sexual desire and have been described as embodying a "politically vital feeling of the here and now."[8]

In the summer of 2017, Bad Bunny signed a booking deal with Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) for several Latin American countries.[9] He was featured in Becky G's single "Mayores", released in July 2017.[10] Starting in November 2017, Bad Bunny hosted Beats 1's first Spanish-language show, Trap Kingz.[11] Also in November 2017, Bad Bunny's track, "Tu No Metes Cabra" peaked at number 38 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.[12] The re-mix also demanded the release from prison of Anuel AA. At around the same time, the song "Sensualidad," released as a collaboration between Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Prince Royce, peaked at number 8 on the Hot Latin Songs chart,[13] while the remix of "Te Boté" with Ozuna and Nicky Jam reached number one on that chart.[14] In 2018, Cardi B collaborated with Bad Bunny and J Balvin on the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "I Like It".[12] In Cardi B's single, Bad Bunny raps in Spanish, Spanglish, and English.[15] The song's music video was filmed in March 2018 in Miami.[16] It became Bad Bunny's first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100.[17]

On July 21, 2018, Bad Bunny had a five-minute performance at the Tomorrowland Festival in Belgium as part of the set presented by DJ Alesso, who invited him to perform. He sang his lyrics to the Cardi B song "I Like It".[18]

On October 11, 2018 Bad Bunny released "Mia," a collaboration with Drake, first teased in January. The pair released the video in tandem.[19][20]


Bad Bunny is primarily a Latin trap performer. As described by a Rolling Stone article, Bad Bunny sings and raps with a "conversational tone", employing "a low, slurry tone, viscous melodies and a rapper's cadence."[1] In an interview with Billboard, Bad Bunny stated that his biggest music inspirations growing up were Héctor Lavoe, Vico C, Daddy Yankee and Marc Anthony.[21]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Latin Grammy Awards Best Urban Song "Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola" Nominated [22][23]
Best Urban Performance
Premios Juventud Breakthrough Artist Himself [22][23]
2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Latin Artist Himself [24]
MTV Video Music Awards Song of Summer "I Like It"
(with Cardi B and J Balvin)
Won [25]
BET Hip Hop Awards Best Hip-Hop Video Nominated [26]
Best Collabo, Duo or Group Nominated
Single of the Year Nominated
Latin American Music Awards Artist of the Year Himself Pending [27]
New Artist of the Year Pending
Song of the Year "Mayores" Pending
Favorite Song - Pop "El Baño" Pending
Favorite Song - Urban "Mayores" Pending


  1. ^ a b Light, Elias (April 2, 2018). "Bad Bunny: The Four-Billion-Stream Man Leading the Latin Trap Explosion". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "10 cosas que no sabías sobre Bad Bunny". Monitor Latino (in Spanish). June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b PERU21, Redacción (November 27, 2017). "Bad Bunny: "Hace un año trabajaba en un supermercado"". Peru21 (in Spanish). Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  4. ^ Cero, Radio Onda. "Bad Bunny estudiaba en la Universidad de Arecibo (VIDEO)". (in Spanish). Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "Farruko, Messiah & Bad Bunny Explain the Origin of Their Names | Billboard Latin Conference 2017". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "How Bad Bunny Became the Poster Boy of Trap en Español". Remezcla. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  7. ^ Leight, Elias (November 7, 2017). "Inside Latin Trap, the Viral Sound Too Hot for American Radio". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Ellis Neyra, R. “Terremoto | ‘Soy Peor.’” Terremoto, July 9, 2018,
  9. ^ "Bad Bunny Signs Booking Deal With CMN". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  10. ^ ""Mayores" de Becky G feat Bad Bunny es un éxito global - TKM United States". TKM United States (in Spanish). November 6, 2017. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  11. ^ "Apple Music's Beats 1 to Launch First Spanish-Language Show, 'Trap Kingz'". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Bad Bunny No Metes Cabra Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "DJ Luian & Mambo Kingz's All-Star 'Sensualidad' Debuts in Top 10 on Hot Latin Songs". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  14. ^ "Bad Bunny Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Fernandez, Suzette (April 6, 2018). "Cardi B's 'I Like It' With Bad Bunny and J Balvin Goes Beyond Liking Material Things: See Lyrics". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  16. ^ Abravanel, Lesley (March 30, 2018). "This Miami nightclub is going to make a cameo in Cardi B's next music video". Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  17. ^ Trust, Gary (July 2, 2018). "Cardi B Becomes First Female Rapper With Two Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, as 'I Like It', With Bad Bunny & J Balvin, Follows 'Bodak Yellow' to the Top". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  18. ^ "Facebook: Bad Bunny y su presentación en Tomorrowland invitado por Alesso". (in Spanish). July 22, 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  19. ^ Cowen, Trace William. "Bad Bunny and Drake Link for New Collab "MIA"". Complex. Rich Antoniello. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  20. ^ Leight, Elias. "Drake Tests His Spanish on New Bad Bunny Single 'Mia'". Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  21. ^ "Bad Bunny Says His Biggest Inspirations Are Daddy Yankee and Marc Anthony".
  22. ^ a b "Premios Juventud 2017 Nominations: Maluma, Chiquis, Camila Cabello Score Nods, Plus Full List". Latin Times. May 18, 2017. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  23. ^ a b "Bad Bunny Nominated in Breakthrough Artist Category Premios Juventud 2017". Musical Notes Global. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  24. ^ "2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards: See The Full List of Nominee". iHeartRadio. January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  25. ^ "VMAs: Camila Cabello Wins Video of the Year for "Havana"; Complete List of Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. August 20, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  26. ^ Mitchell, Gail (September 12, 2018). "Drake Leads 2018 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominee Slate: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  27. ^ Cobo, Leila (September 18, 2018). "Latin American Music Awards 2018: Ozuna and J Balvin Lead Nominations". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2018.

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