Bad Bunny has been breaking music records recently and the Puerto Rican artist is now the focus of a college course but that’s not all. The city of Los Angeles recently declared Oct.1 Bad Bunny Day. City Councilman Kevin de León Friday introduced a resolution in Los Angeles in honor of the Grammy-winning reggaetonero who performed two shows at SoFi stadium this past weekend for his “World’s Hottest Tour.” The global superstar released his fourth studio album, Un Verano Sin Ti in May and it debuted at No. 1 and has since surpassed the Encanto soundtrack for the most weeks atop the Billboard 200 this year, Complex reported. His album “El Último Tour del Mundo” was the first ever all-Spanish album to top the Billboard 200 charts in 64 years of the chart’s existence. It was the first Spanish-language album to debut at No. 1, breaking a Guinness World Record.
“Bad Bunny’s cultural impact will have a tremendous and positive influence on future generations and will redefine Latino culture in Los Angeles and beyond for years to come,” De León said in a statement, KTLA reported. He went on to add that the city of LA’s population is “50 percent Latino, one of the largest Latino populations in the world outside Latin American countries.” There are about 4.9 million Latinxs in Los Angeles County according to a PEW Research report from 2013.
During one of his LA shows over the weekend, Benito yelled to the crowd: “¡Los Latinos in L.A., que se sienta!” He had several guest stars during the shows including Jowell and Randy, reggaeton pioneer Ivy Queen, Chencho Corleone, Cardi B, and Bomba Estéreo.
Before this announcement, Bad Bunny was most recently in the news after the release of the music video “El Apagon,” that includes an 18-minute documentary highlighting the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017 and the ongoing power shutoffs in Puerto Rico. Just these past weeks the island suffered power outages following Hurricane Fiona. “Aquí Vive Gente” is hosted by independent journalist Bianca Graulau, who is based in Puerto Rico, and it focuses on the failures of the power grid, gentrification and the displacement of the residents.The song itself touches on this with the last lyrics sung by his girlfriend, Gabriela Berlingeri. “I don’t want to leave here, let them go. This is my beach, this is my sun. This is my land, this is me,” she sings in Spanish.
Benito’s love for his homeland is well known and his pride of being Latino and creating music in Spanish remain a major focus for him regardless of his global fame. “I’m very proud about my music, about my culture,” he said in an interview with Apple Music. “I still to this day make music for the people of Puerto Rico first. I make music from here, for the rest of the world to hear.”