Bad Bunny new album release

Yasmin Vizguerra, Editor

  Bad Bunny dropped his new album ‘YHLQMDLG’ on February 29 at midnight. The title of his newest album stands for “Yo hago lo que me da la gana,” which translates to “I do what I want.” 

      It wasn’t much of a surprise as Bad Bunny has been a rule-breaker since his rise to fame, redefining what men’s fashion is and breaking gender norms. 

      The albums cover art and tracklist were revealed on February 28. With 20 songs, the albums feature songs with other Puerto Rican artists such as Daddy Yankee, Yaviah, and Nengo Flow.

      While on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Bad Bunny announced his album and performed the song ‘Ignorantes,’ a song he collaborated with Panamanian singer Sech, using the performance to call attention to a recent murder of a Puerto Rican transgender woman known as Alexa, who was shot after using a woman’s bathroom.

      For his performance, Bad Bunny wore a skirt to pay tribute to Alexa who was known as “a man in a skirt.” 

       ‘Si veo a tu mama,’ or ‘if I see your mom,’ is the first song on the album, telling someone who many believe is a lover Bad Bunny is still interested in with the lyric ‘I still love you,’ in the beginning. He says that if he sees their mom he’ll ask about them and if they have moved on from him.

      ‘La dificil’ again touches on the issue of heartbreak as he tells the story of a lover who comes and goes as she wants. He also reveals that he too has the right to do the same she is doing to him.

      ‘Yo perreo sola’ is a song he made to be a woman’s anthem in service for feminists. The word ‘perreo’ is a Puerto Rican slang term that refers to the way Reggaeton is danced. It has a throwback feel to the late 90’s early 2000’s Reggaeton made famous by singers such as Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Zion y Lennox, and Winsen y Yandel. 

       ‘Hablamos manana’ or ‘we’ll talk tomorrow’ is a similar track to Bunny’s 2018 hit ‘Tenemos que hablar’ or ‘we have to talk.’ It has the same pop-punk feel to it as he has a burst for the fans who came for his weirder energy of painting his nails and fierce fashion choices to eventually stay for his music. 

      ‘Pero ya no’ is the song where Bunny tells the fans that his past lover can no longer catch him, comparing it to her catching him like a Pokemon. It’s one of the shorter songs on the album, most of the time being devoted to the bridge and hook. Halfway through the first verse, Bunny adds jagged textures to match his growing anger with his lover who hasn’t gotten the hint that he is done with her games. 

      ‘La Santa’ or ‘the saint’ is much like Bunny’s song ‘Callaita’ where Bunny adds a sorrowful melody with a stern, clipped Reggaeton beat.

        While most of the music on this album is about his heartbreak, the songs on this album caught many by surprise with his sound that is unlike his latest EP with J Balvin ‘Oasis’ and his 2018 album ‘X 100PRE.’