Bad Bunny has stirred the pot once again with his latest album, “Nadie sabe lo que va a pasar mañana.” This release comes as a surprise to many, considering his initial announcement of taking a hiatus in 2023. Yet, Bunny has managed to keep the buzz alive, not just with his music, but with a series of controversies that have been brewing throughout the year.
From tossing a fan’s cell phone to sparking headlines with his relationship with Kendall Jenner, Bunny has had his fair share of ups and downs in 2023. However, it’s his music that has always been the focal point, and this album seems to be a direct response to the waves of criticism he’s faced.
What’s Going on with Benito and Colombian Artists?
“Nadie sabe lo que va a pasar mañana” marks the return of “Trap Bunny.” Fans of his earlier works have found solace in the deeper hip-hop and trap tones, reminiscent of his roots. Yet, this album goes beyond the beats; it’s a lyrical diary, diving into Benito’s thoughts and emotions. However, what’s striking are the diss tracks aimed at fellow artists, particularly Colombians, like Karol G, Shakira, and J Balvin.
Let’s be real: Diss tracks are nothing new. They’re a part of hip-hop and urban music’s DNA as it is a way for artists to express their frustrations and call out others. But Bad Bunny’s choice of targets has raised eyebrows, especially within the Colombian community. It’s hard to ignore the undertones of his disses, leaving many wondering what his issues are with Colombian artists.
Colombia, like many other Latin American countries, has made significant contributions to the reggaeton and urbano music scene. And though Shakira’s bread and butter is not reggaeton, she has dabbled in it in the past. But we can all agree that she’s beyond reggaeton – she’s a beloved icon within the entire Latino community. Nevertheless, it is also important to note that Shakira, Karol G, and J Balvin have not only celebrated the genre in the past but have paid homage to its pioneers. Still, the “Nadie Sabe” singer’s lyrical jabs seem to challenge Colombia’s role in the broader Latin music narrative.
The question arises: Is Bunny trying to convey something specific to his Colombian fanbase? It’s a puzzling situation, considering his collaboration with Colombian artist Feid. Despite this, his recent lyrics appear to undermine the Colombian influence in Latin music, including reggaeton, a genre that was catapulted into international fame by artists from various Latin American countries. As a Colombian myself, this confuses me. What was the reason? ¿Que le pasó al parcerito? Other people are wondering the same.
Cuando veo que la coneja mala BadBunny le tira mierda carbón a Shakira, Karolg y ahora es el mayor Hater de los (as) artistas colombianos ✊🏿🇨🇴 pic.twitter.com/ie3Cp7VjSr
— EL BICHOTE DE SHAKI #Hallowen 🎃 (@ELBICHOTE198614) October 14, 2023
Pq siento que le tiene coraje a los colombianos el Bad Bunny? Lmao
Lo noto más con lo de Karol. Pq dirías eso de verdaderas bichotas ª pic.twitter.com/3DdUl7YBio
— 🐺Alexis💜 (@SoyBienZorritx) October 13, 2023
Que Bad Bunny le tiró a artistas colombianos, terrible, pero vaya anuncie un concierto en Colombia y llena el estadio. Qué show ome.
— Danidafu (@DanielaDallos) October 14, 2023
But before we keep going, it’s important to highlight how Colombian artists were merely influenced by the pioneers of this genre. No one is taking away the fact that urbano music and reggaeton are derived from Panama and Puerto Rico. The greats such as El General, DJ Chombo, Daddy Yankee, and Ivy Queen, among others, are the reason other Latin American countries joined this musical movement.
Diving Into the Disses
Bad Bunny’s disses’ raised a lot of eyebrows. Let’s start with J Balvin.
Bunny seemingly disses Balvin in his song, “Thunder y Lightning.”
“Thunder, lightning, yo soy un astro, Ricky Martin / Ustedes me han visto, to mis temas están charting / Ustedes me han visto, siempre ando con los mismo / Mientras ustedes son amigos de to el mundo como Balvin.” When translated to English, the lyrics read, “Thunder, lightning, I am a star, Ricky Martin / You’ve seen me, all my songs are charting / You’ve seen me, I always walk with the same people / While you are friends of the whole world like Balvin.”
The rap suggests that Balvin is fake and too much of a “people-pleaser,” which is an interesting take from someone who started out with the Colombian reggaetonero.
Here’s the thing: Balvin’s impact on making reggaeton a global phenomenon is undeniable. He has pushed boundaries, making Latin music accessible to a worldwide audience. Regardless of the mixed feelings around him, the fact remains that Balvin’s contributions have been monumental. Also, not so long ago, Bad Bunny and Balvin were buddy-buddy; they even released the first reggaeton joint album, Oasis. So, what gives? Is this Bad Bunny’s way of choosing a side between the Rene beef between Balvin?
J Balvin didn’t stay quiet though. He responded to Bad Bunny during an Instagram Live he conducted shortly after the release of “Nadie sabe lo que va a pasar mañana.” During the Live, Balvin responded to a comment that asked about Bad Bunny’s diss: “I think Bad is a really good artist, an excellent artist. The guy I know is a great guy. We did a great collaboration, we’ve grown together, we’ve supported each other.”
He also said that he didn’t know what was going through his mind. “I really don’t,” he said. “I do know that the guy I know is a good guy, though. So, this really has taken me by surprise.”
Meanwhile, on the track “Vuelve Candy B,” Bad Bunny takes a dig at Karol G. For a few years now, Karol G has used the word “Bichota” as a way to empower women. As she was coining the word, however, she did make sure to mention how the word was inspired by Puerto Rican slang – all she did was put her own twist to it. Yet, in the song, Bunny raps the following:
“Hey, I’m from PR [Puerto Rico], where the real ‘bichotas’ come from.”
Please note that the term Puerto Ricans use is “bichote,” which means someone who is a high-level drug lord. The word “Bichota” was not common in Puerto Rico prior to Karol G as the drug business has been led by men in Puerto Rico.
As far as everyone is concerned, any woman can be a bichota. Whether you’re from Puerto Rico or Honduras, Bichota vibes are not exclusive to one particular region.
Shakira, on the other hand, received a tongue-in-cheek lyric. In the song, “Los Pits,” the Puerto Rican superstar seems to be inspired by “BZRP Music Sessions #53,” which is one of Shakira’s biggest hits. By now, we all must know that Shakira made that song through the pain that was inflicted by her cheating ex. So, when she sang, “Las Mujeres No Lloran/ Las Mujeres Facturan,” (women don’t cry/women cash in) this was meant to empower her fan base. This is why it’s interesting to have Bunny sing: Ahora Los Hombres Lloran, Sí/ Pero Sin Parar De facturar (“Now men cry, they do – but they keep on cashing in”) seems to be a weird line. What was the point of this? Was he trying to poke fun at Shakira’s situation? Her song was all about elevating women – and he decided to try to switch its sentiment. I don’t know, it feels strange to me.
We Need to Stand Together
In the grand scheme of things, Latin music is a collective effort. Unity is our strength, and artists should stand together rather than creating divisions. Colombia, a country that has embraced reggaeton and Latin music with open arms, deserves acknowledgment and respect from artists like Bad Bunny.
So, while Bunny may be making headlines, he shouldn’t forget the power of unity within the Latin music community. Regardless of regional differences, we are all Latinos, celebrating the richness of our culture through music. Benito, who himself is in a relationship with someone longing to be Latina, should remember the importance of embracing his diverse fanbase. After all, music knows no boundaries, and it’s the love and support of fans that elevate artists to greatness.For Image credit or remove please email for immediate removal - firstname.lastname@example.org