Would Bad Bunny ever drop his debut album? Inquiring minds have been questioning this all 12 months, because the Puerto Rican lure 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 style, he made the announcement on his social media accounts, hours earlier than the album dropped. And, he additionally spoke completely with Billboard, so we’ve 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, nonetheless: “Mia,” that includes Drake; a observe with Dominican Republic’s El Alfa; and a observe with Diplo, which Bad Bunny describes as “a lure, 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,” stated Bad Bunny (actual identify: Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio) on the telephone from his house in Puerto Rico. “At that time I stated I needed to launch it in Christmas. I didn’t need the 12 months 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 satirically, “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 12 months, solely behind Ozuna, who had 43.
But he needed to do music that has developed alongside together with his profession and himself. That extra introspective facet could be heard on "Solo de mi," a minimalist lure whose video exhibits 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 finished as a lot as I might in keeping with what the enterprise required," he instructed Billboard. " I’ve different targets, 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 submit on Bad Bunny's Instagram account the place he spoke out towards all style violence.
"When are we going to provide 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 items to 30,00zero youngsters in Puerto Rico by means of his newly established basis.
"I've by no means stated my music is for youngsters […] however I do know numerous youngsters comply with 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 stated, after some thought.