Bad Bunny to Drop Debut 'X100PRE' Album on Christmas Eve: Exclusive Interview


Would Bad Bunny ever drop his debut album? Inquiring minds have been questioning this all yr, because the Puerto Rican entice maverick continued to drop hit single after hit single with astounding regularity.

The reply is: now.

At the stroke of midnight on Monday (Dec. 24), Bad Bunny will launch X100PRE, an acronym for “Por Siempre” -- Forever).


In typical Bad Bunny vogue, he made the announcement on his social media accounts, hours earlier than the album dropped. And, he additionally spoke solely with Billboard, so we've got the inside track for you.

X100PRE options 15 tracks, most of them model new and most of them that includes Bad Bunny solo. It contains three collabs, nevertheless: “Mia,” that includes Drake; a observe with Dominican Republic’s El Alfa; and a observe with Diplo, which Bad Bunny describes as “a entice, an actual membership banger.”

The album additionally contains Bad Bunny’s most up-to-date single “Solo de mi,” which he dropped simply final week.

“Real, actual, actual, actual, I completed the album three days in the past,” mentioned Bad Bunny (actual identify: Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio) on the telephone from his dwelling in Puerto Rico. “At that time I mentioned I needed to launch it in Christmas. I didn’t need the yr to finish with out releasing the album. I needed to shut 2018 with it.”

Bad Bunny says he’s been engaged on the album for the previous six months, for the reason that launch of “Estamos Bien.” And mockingly, “the final music we completed producing within the studio is named ‘Como antes’ [As Before]. And that was the very first music we recorded, again in the summertime, earlier than ‘Estamos Bien.’”

At that time, Bad Bunny had greater than sufficient tracks to make an album. In 2018, he had six entries on the Hot 100 and 26 entries on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, the second-most this yr, solely behind Ozuna, who had 43.

But he needed to do music that has advanced alongside along with his profession and himself. That extra introspective facet will be heard on "Solo de mi," a minimalist entice whose video reveals a girl singing (in Bad Bunny's voice) the phrases, "Don't name me child once more. I'm not yours or anybody else's. I solely belong to me."  

“I really feel these previous two years I’ve achieved as a lot as I may based on what the enterprise required," he informed Billboard. " I've different objectives, one other imaginative and prescient. I've the area and liberty to create.”  

That liberty goes in lots of instructions. The launch of "Solo de mi," for instance, was accompanied by a prolonged publish on Bad Bunny's Instagram account the place he spoke out in opposition to all style violence.


"When are we going to offer precedence to what actually issues?" he WROTE. "We at all times need to blame everybody besides the one who actually is responsible. IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION NOW! [...] Respect ladies, respect males, respect your neighbor, respect life! LESS VIOLENCE, MORE PERREO (AND IF SHE DOESN'T WANT IT, LET HER PERREAR ALONE AND DON'T BOTHER HER." 

On Sunday (Dec. 23), the rapper gave presents to 30,000 kids in Puerto Rico by means of his newly established basis. 

"I've by no means mentioned my music is for kids [...] however I do know a number of kids observe me. And even those that don't. This is one thing I needed to do." 

As for Bad Bunny himself, what would he like for Christmas? "A jet ski," he mentioned, after some thought.

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