What a start into Latinx Heritage Month: On September 15th it was announced that Bad Bunny deserved a place Time& # 39; s list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2021. Puerto Rican rapper, née Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, landed in the artist section among Lil Nas X, Chloé Zhao, Bowen Yang and others. J Balvin, who was on the list last year, penned a powerful article for the magazine discussing Bad Bunny's merits. "He's an artist, period," he wrote. "A real artist."
"He's different. Special."
Balvin began with the essay about the beginning of his friendship and creative partnership with Bad Bunny five years ago, which finally led to their first collaboration "Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola" in 2017. When they first met, Balvin remembered thinking, Oh, he's another crank like me. I'm not the only one now. "He wrote," Watching him is like seeing a little brother making his dream come true. I met him when he was like a little monster and now he's like Godzilla. "
Equally important to Bad Bunny's impact is his fluid sense of fashion and the way he uses his looks as another form of self-expression. "That freedom connects pretty hard with people," wrote Balvin. "He is different. Particularly. People are waiting for someone to die to say, 'Oh, he was a legend.' But I tell Benito now: You are one of the greatest artists in Latin American music history. "