Bad Bunny is a Latin trap, reggaeton, and dancehall singer. His real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, and he was born on March 10th, 1994, in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico making the star a Pisces. He has reached fame with his unique approach to urban music, most notably in his singles “Sensualidad”, “Te Boté” and “I Like It”. Here are 25 interesting facts about Bad Bunny.
He has Puerto Rican and Dominican Roots
Bad Bunny’s father is from Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, while his mother comes from Puerto Rico. In an interview, he stated that he already knew he had to sing from a young age because his relatives would make him sing when they visited his house.
He is From Humble Beginnings
Vega Baja, Puerto Rico where Bad Bunny grew up in a barrio, or neighborhood associated with the large San Juan area. His father, Tito Martinez was a truck driver, while his mother was a retired school teacher. He is not the only child and has two brothers.
Although he grew up in a happy home, Bad Bunny reiterates that his family really had nothing. He didn’t get voice lessons or anything fancy, just singing in church on Sundays and after high school on the weekdays. His favorite artist to listen to as a child was Daddy Yankee.
When Benito was 14 years old, he began writing and recording his own songs and posting them to SoundCloud. This didn’t pay the bills, however, and he continued to work as a bagger at Supermercados Econo until 2016.
He Had to Work on his Music Career for Five Years Before Getting Noticed
Bad Bunny first started recording songs with the stage name “El apto”. It took him five years of trying before he got his first big opportunity in 2014 when Puerto Rican rapper Tempo (who is also Dominican) offered him the chance to make a song. And later that year, Bad Bunny aligned himself with another Puerto Rican rapper, Bryant Myers, and together, they released the song “Pa ti”.
His Stage Name Came From a Bunny Costume
Bad Bunny says he chose his stage name because as a child, he was forced to wear a bunny costume to school. He found a photo of him wearing the bunny suit, which was the inspiration for his new name.
Someone snapped a picture of the occasion and the angry look on his face. When thinking of a stage name, the picture came to mind. Plus, Benito enjoys the bad boy image that comes with a name like Bad Bunny.
His Song Te Boté Became Very Popular in Latin America
The remix for the song was released with American rapper Nio García, Casper Mágico, and Darell. It was released on February 23rd, 2017, and became the most-watched song on YouTube for four months. The song also reached first place on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart thanks to its collaboration with American rapper Cardi B.
His Song I Like It was Written by Two Americans
The trap music song was created by the American DJ trio The Fitnessez, and it features Dominican rapper J Balvin and American rapper Cardi B.
He Loves His Fans
He loves to interact with his fans through his social media accounts, which is quite rare for this type of artist. Although not many people believed in Bad Bunny’s talent when he started sliding, he has more than 9 million followers on Instagram and one million followers on Twitter.
He is American
Although Bad Bunny was born in Puerto Rico, it was at a time when Puerto Rico was a US territory. This means that despite popular belief, Bad Bunny is American and grew up in America, just not in the 50 states you’re used to thinking of. He grew up speaking both Spanish and English.
He Recorded a Reggaeton Song with Will Smith’s Son
Bad Bunny linked up with the actor’s son Jaden for his remix of Mi Forma De Ser. The young boy is considered one of the biggest influencers in social media, so this was indeed a plus for Bad Bunny.
He Launched His First Album in 2017
Bad Bunny released his debut album X100pre back on June 17th, 2017. The record was considered to be the most downloaded digital album on iTunes thanks to songs like “Solo de Mí”, “Tu No Metes Cabra”, and “Diles”.
This album was quickly followed by his second album Oasis which was released in 2018.
His Song “Sensualidad” was a Success in 2017
The trap song written by Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and rapper DY was successful in the United States, Mexico, and Colombia. It also became popular in Europe thanks to its remixed version that features French Montana and Farruko.
He Isn’t Very Tall
Bad Bunny stands at only 5’6″ and weighs just 168 pounds.
Bad Bunny is dating his longtime girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri. Fans have suspected that the two have already gotten married, but as far as the general public is aware, they have yet to tie the knot.
He Has Appeared on the Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine
The trap singer made history by becoming the first Latin artist to appear on the cover of Rolling Stones magazine. He was interviewed by the journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis for this feature, where he opened up about his sexual orientation and how it affected his career, among other things.
He Has Collaborated with Many Other Singers and Rappers
Bad Bunny worked with trap artists like Farruko, J Balvin, Anuel AA, and Ozuna in singles like “Te Boté”, “Otra Letra”, and “Diles”, among others. He also did a song with Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Baby Rasta & Gringo called “Lejos”.
Bad Bunny has been working with Spanish singers like Karol G, Becky G, and Thalia, among others, for his songs “Te Boté”, “Mi Mala”, and “Sensualidad”.
He also teamed up with Colombian singer Maluma for his song “Felices Los 4” and the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Farruko for his track “Krippy Kush”.
Perhaps one of the most famous people he has collaborated with is Drake for his song Mia.
He Has Won a Billboard Music Award
Bad Bunny was awarded the prestigious American award for being one of the best Latin artists of 2018 thanks to his collaboration with DJ Snake, Cardi B, and J Balvin on their single “I Like It”.
He is Inspired by Other Singers
Bad Bunny attributes much of his musical style to the singers he was inspired by as a kid. He was most inspired by Jennifer Lopez, Daddy Yankee, Marc Anthony, Tego Caldero, Hector Lavoe, and Veco C.
He was specifically inspired by Jennifer Lopez, as he adored her music videos, song lyrics, and fashion. He also considers her one of his biggest influences in life.
Bad Bunny’s Favorite Foods
Bad Bunny’s favorite food is rice and beans since it was what his family always ate while growing up in Puerto Rico.
But take note, Bad Bunny confesses his least favorite food is anything Italian.
He Worked with Prince Royce
Bad Bunny had Prince Royce featured on his first commercial single, “Sensualidad”. The song became popular in Latin America and the United States as soon as it was released.
He Was One of the Highest-Paid Latin Artists in 2018
Bad Bunny is among the ten highest-paid Latin artists in 2018, according to Forbes magazine. He also became one of the first singers who commanded record labels to pay him for his artistic work, not only for his songs. 22. His song “I Like It” with Cardi B, J Balvin, and DJ Snake reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Bad Bunny managed to climb up the charts worldwide with his collaboration with DJ Snake, Cardi B, and J Balvin. Their single “I Like It” was a success in Latin America and the United States, where it peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He currently has a net worth of over $8 million.
Bad Bunny Refuses to Label his Sexuality
Despite rumors that the star was dating Rosalia, whom he collaborated with on the song “La Noche de Anoche” Bad Bunny has never fully labeled his sexuality. And when asked about it, he states that it is fluid.
He has been known to dress up in some of his videos in full drag, as well as feature sexual moments with both men and women.
Bad Bunny Loves Abbreviations
Many of his album and song names are abbreviations for the full words they represent. A prime example of this is his second album “yhlqmdlg” which is short for “yo hago lo que me da la gana,” a Spanish phrase that basically boils down to mean “I do what I want.”
He later won a Latin Grammy award for this album which also became Spotify’s number one album of 2020.
He Has Attended Some College Courses
Although he never received a degree, Bad Bunny has actually taken some college classes in audiovisual communication at The University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.
Bad Bunny has Performed at a Super Bowl
It’s true, in February 2020, Bad Bunny performed as a guest during the Superbowl LIV halftime show. This was an amazing experience for him because he got to appear next to Shakira, and his long-time inspiration Jennifer Lopez.
Bad Bunny Has Tattoos
Bad Bunny has many tattoos, but one in particular that stands out is the Puerto Rican flag tattooed on his calf. He also has a “lucky number 7”, which he said was because when he was young his favorite number to play in soccer with was 7 and it worked out pretty well for him.
The other numbers were 6 and 9 which are symbols for Jesus and Mary respectively so he didn’t want those two numbers combined.
Bad Bunny Has Acted in Movies
Bad Bunny has recently appeared in the movie The 33 which is about the famous rescue of Chilean miners after they were trapped underground for 69 days. He made his debut in the fourth season of Narcos playing one of Pablo Escobar’s cousins.
Bad Bunny’s Favorite Color
Bad Bunny has stated that he likes the color blue best because it is “the most neutral color out there.”
Bad Bunny Was Bullied as a Child
Bad Bunny was bullied as a child for being overweight and having long hair. He turned this negativity into motivation which is why he is such an active person today.
He Has Performed at Several Music Festivals
Bad Bunny has performed at several music festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and OaB Music Festival.
Bad Bunny’s Favorite Type of Music
Bad Bunny’s favorite type of music is Merengue.
Bad Bunny was Originally Signed by DJ Luian
Bad Bunny can thank fellow Puerto Rican DJ, DJ Luian for his career, as it is him who first saw Bad Bunny’s potential. Bad Bunny originally signed with his record label, Hear This Music, and has made numerous songs under the label in the days since.
He Hates His Song “Mia”
Despite its widespread popularity, Bad Bunny has stated in an interview that his least favorite song of his own is Mia.
Bad Bunny Has Insecurities
Bad Bunny has stated that he feels insecure at times because of his weight. He says that it bothers him when people stare at him or laugh at him, but he tries to channel these feelings into something positive.