El Conejo Malo didn’t let the pandemic stop him from entertaining the masses. The Bad Bunny concert, streamed live from the bed of a truck driving through New York City went viral last night. The one-man parade hit the Bronx, Washington Heights, and Harlem, kicking off outside Yankee Stadium and was sponsored by Uforia as part of their monthly music series as well as streamed on his YouTube channel. The 26-year-old trap star performed tracks off his February album YHLQMDLG including anthems “Safaera” and “”Yo Perreo Sola.” The Bad Bunny concert lit up Latin Twitter and had 1.4 million people stuck to their screens on Youtube.
— Kristal Sotomayor – Attending #TIFF20 (@kristalsotomayr) September 20, 2020
“It was difficult for me to do a concert without an audience. I didn’t want to,” Bad Bunny said during the show. “But I’m accepting the new reality and I hope people enjoy this. We need it.” He also added, “This is the city where I’ve performed the most during my career.”
His commitment to putting on a an amazing virtual show had him dodging traffic lights and bridges as he rode on a subway car-inspired trailer. Bad Bunny – born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio- shined on his own but his duets also stood out with live duets with Sech in Panama City for “Ignorantes” and Mora in San Juan, Puerto Rico for “Una Vez.” He released the official video for “Una Vez” last night and it already has nearly two million views.
Toward the end he Bad Bunny performed “La Canción” with Colombian reggaetonero J Balvin their collaborative album, Oasis, out last year. While this was Benito’s first concert of 2020, this was Balvin’s first time performing since he’s recovered from Covid-19.
He ended up at Harlem Hospital to close out the concert performing “Yo Perreo Sola” (without Nesi) with the trailer parked so the the crowd could take it all in (with their masks on).
You know what I love about this man? He could’ve stayed downtown around Times Square, radio city, etc. But he chose the Bronx, the heights, Harlem! Ended at the hospital for the healthcare workers. For the culture! For the people! Bad Bunny is unmatched. A legend. Gracias Benito
— Michelle 🦋 (@mylifeasmat) September 21, 2020
“Respect and thanks to those people who have sacrificed their lives in this city,” he said. “With a lot of faith in God, I sense that good things are coming. I know we are going through very difficult times. I have made thousands of mistakes, but my only mission is to try to be a better person every day.”
In case you missed it, you can watch the show on Facebook.