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Bad Bunny Reminds Us Why He's A Global Rockstar

The Puerto Rican artist's latest album is nothing short of bangers and rock-filled anthems. Also, he gave us synth-drenched outros!

This year has been absolutely dismal in terms the scarcity of classic music albums as we previously experienced in 2015, 2016 and 2018. The disastrous global pandemic delayed the release of blockbuster albums and gave many artists reasons to believe that album rollouts in such a time was tone-deaf.

Gladly, artists such as Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert, The Weeknd and Pop Smoke didn't shy away from this situation and flooded the market with bangers, noticeably with Uzi already dropping three projects and attaining more than 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits in the process.

However, an unlikely hero and global superstar from Vega Baja, PR came to the rescue to drop critically acclaimed albums which were jam-packed and legendary. Bad Bunny, also known as Benito Ocasio Martínez, dropped his sophomore album, YHLQMDLG to commercial and critical success and filled the mainstream market with reggaeton anthems such as "Safaera", "Yo Perreo Sola" and "Bichiyal."

If that wasn't enough, he dropped a second project of the year, Las Que No Iban A Salir during the grueling months of lockdown to soothe the despair of his fans. The album featured reggaeton OGs such as Don Omar on "Pa' Romperla", Zion Y Lennox on "Más De Una Cita" and Nicki Jam on "Bad Con Nicky."

Now, a third album, El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo progressed with the same rapid-fire and arena-filling anthems recorded in YHLQMDLG.

The album pretty much encapsulates the artist's rise as a rockstar in the ever-growing reggaeton genre. He starts the album with "El Mundo Es Mío" to remind everyone about the same reckless theme he's been promoting all year; I do what I want or yo hago lo que me da la gana (Spanish). He continues with the same energy of his rise in fame, excess material acquisition and hedonistic vibes on songs such as "Hoy Cobré", "Yo Visto Así" and "Booker T." However, the tracks never felt repetitive as his style of lyricism and the quality of production accentuated the feel of every song.

Notable contributions from Jhay Cortez on the popular lead single, "Dákiti", ROSALÍA on "La Noche De Anoche", ABRA on "Sorry Papi" and the bonus track with Trio Vegabajeño's "Cantares De Navidad" noticeably stood out.

Emotional songs such as his moments before success, his relationship or his fragile state of mind can be found on songs such as "Te Mudaste", "Trellas" and "Haciendo Que Me Amas."

Another noticeable improvement on the album is Bad Bunny's work on his outros. The synth-laced outros similar to those of Mike Dean's on songs such as "Highest In The Room" with Travis Scott can be heard in songs such as "Te Mudaste", "La Droga" and "120." Such additions gave the impressions that Bad Bunny had finally reached the level of rockstar status on his own tracks.

Nonetheless, this album was fantastic and nothing short of fun. Every song matches many relatable moments and it has become a skill that only Benito has been able to master. "Estoy en mi peak", as he referenced on "Booker T", emphasizes the fact that he's found commercial and critical success because of his skill and nothing else. That's why we still rage to his music.

My favorite song has to be "Booker T." I jumped around the room screaming "Estoy en mi peak" the entire time. I ended up playing the song for more than eight times on my first listen. Other songs that I still listen to are "120", "La Droga", "Yo Visto Así", "Maldita Pobreza" and of course "Dákiti."

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