11 Ways Bad Bunny Has Uplifted Us During the Pandemic
Not even a global pandemic could stop Bad Bunny on his way to superstardom. While in lockdown, Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio wrote and released the trap/emo jewel that is his third solo album, El Último Tour del Mundo (The Last World Tour), and since then he has continued to win awards, surprised us with unexpected and mind-blowing collaborations, break streaming records, spark romance rumors and give us hope and fun times in his very own style and always with a dose of Latinx pride. Keep scrolling to learn the best moments the Puerto Rican star has graced us with during this time!
Las Que No Iban a Salir Surprise Release
Just two months after the lockdown period started, Bad Bunny blessed his fans with a surprise full album release. Las Que no Iban a Salir (The Ones That Weren't Going to Be Released) is a compilation of songs that didn't make it into his previous albums, and it includes collaborations with Nicky Jam, Yandel, Don Omar, and the mega-popular "Como Se Siente" with Jhay Cortez.
Rolling Stone Cover
Mask on, and in true rockstar fashion, the singer landed June's 2020 Rolling Stone Cover. "No one, no one, absolutely no one can tell me what to do or not do. I do whatever I want," he captioned the photo of the cover on Instagram. "Since I was a kid, I wanted to be big; I wanted to follow my dreams and work hard for them. Thanks to everyone who believed then, those who believe now, and those who will believe one day."
A Free and Mobile Concert in New York
What about when he drove around New York's boroughs singing on top of a moving bus? Yes, he did that. The bus that looked like a NY subway car went around neighborhoods like Washington Heights and The Bronx on the third anniversary of Hurricane Maria's landing in Puerto Rico and it was also meant to celebrate Latinx essential workers.
El Último Tour Del Mundo Release
The multi-platinum artist dropped his new album El Último Tour del Mundo in November 2020. "100% [this album helped my mental health]. This is like, a relief for me because I was quarantined ... the only thing that I had was the music, and so eso me mantuvo vivo como digo yo," Bad Bunny told ET Online in an interview when he was recovering from COVID.
Appearance in Wrestlemania!
The reggaetonero is a box full of surprises. Who knew Bad Bunny loved Wrestlemania, and he was actually good at it? He killed it in the wrestling ring and, after the show, took to Instagram to share that it had been "The best night of my life!"
Giving Back to the Latinx Community With His Deja tu Huella Campaign
Cheetos chose him as the face of their "Deja Tu Huella" campaign, an initiative to support artists who are leaving their mark on culture, whether it's through music, fashion, or entertainment. "It is an honor that Cheetos collaborated with me on this great project and movement. I am very proud to be a part of it," he told POPSUGAR. Through this collaboration, Cheetos and Bad Bunny's Good Bunny Foundation committed to donating $500,000 to the Latinx Community.
Designed His Own Sneakers With Adidas
Bad Bunny designed his very own version of 1984's Adidas Originals Forum Buckle Low, and his main inspiration was, yes, coffee! He named them The First Café. "It feels great to create my own design with people who I share the same sentiment. It feels amazing knowing that my next steps will be in my own sneakers," he said in the release statement last March.
His Hottest Performance With Rosalía
There had already been rumors about whether these two superstars were dating, but after Bad Bunny's steamy performance of "La Noche de Anoche" with Rosalía on SNL, it was harder to believe those rumors weren't true.
Bad Bunny - Yonaguni (Video Oficial)
It seemed like he was trying to find even more ways to amaze his fans when he decided to launch a song where he sings in Japanese. "Yonaguni" is Bad Bunny's first official single since the release of El Último Tour del Mundo and, although having a very different tempo and style than his latest hits, it became a massive success too.
Drops Dream Collaboration With Aventura
He's done collaborations with the biggest Latinx Music stars – even a full album with J Balvin! – but the release of his single "Volví" with Bachata Kings Aventura was a PR-Dominican dream come true that left their die-hard fans in shock and asking for more.
Live Performance With Aventura
So they gave more! During Aventura's last August show in Miami, Bad Bunny literally rose up to the stage on a moving platform to the scream of thousands of fans who didn't see it coming. "I was going to give you a surprise, but I was the one surprised, wow!" he wrote on Instagram. "My eyes tear up watching this video. I needed the warmth and love from the audience."