Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, popularly known as Bad Bunny, was born on March 10, 1994. He began his career writing songs at the age of 14 and went on to publish his music on SoundCloud. His breakthrough came in 2016 when he released his single ‘Soy Peor,’ which made it onto the Hot Latin Songs chart at number 22. From there, Bad Bunny has been making a name for himself in Hollywood, working with all-time greats, such as Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, and his fellow countryman, Ozuna. Come and help celebrate his birthday with some fun facts.
As a multitalented individual, Bad Bunny whose real name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio is a force to be reckoned with. Growing up in a very family-orientated household in Puerto Rico, Ocasio took a keen interest in music at a young age and began singing in his local church choir until age 13. In his teens, he displayed a passion for skateboarding and wrestling. He has two younger brothers and doting parents, even though they had different plans for the rapper when he left school. Ocasio’s mother wanted him to be an engineer, while his father was keen on him becoming a baseball player — he went on to take a few courses in audiovisual communication at the University of Puerto Rico instead.
While writing songs and uploading music to SoundCloud at a young age, Ocasio was noticed by a local DJ who signed him to his record label in 2016. After the success of his first single ‘Soy Peor,’ which amassed over 330 million views on YouTube, the rapper was chosen to host the Spanish-language show “Trap Kingz.” In 2018 Ocasio reached international success by collaborating with Cardi B and J Balvin on the song titled ‘I Like It,’ which earned him Diamond Certification. On Christmas Eve in 2018, Ocasio’s debut album was released, which afforded him many touring and show opportunities in the U.S.
Ocasio released another album in 2019, once again teaming up with J Balvin. In 2020, he performed at the Super Bowl LIV halftime show, which was headlined by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. That same year, he released another studio album titled “YHLQMDLG” which kicked off at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200. Although primarily a Latin trap and reggaeton artist, Ocasio has dabbled in wrestling, joining WWE in 2021, and starring in a few roles, most notably on “Saturday Night Live” and “F9.” He is also an avid activist and fashion icon.
Ocasio releases music on the audio-sharing website SoundCloud as an independent artist.
Ocasio collaborates on the song ‘I Like It’ with Cardi B and J Balvin and it is nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (A.S.C.A.P.) award Ocasio the Songwriter of the Year.
Ocasio announces that he will be touring the U.S. and Latin America in his first stadium tour — “Bad Bunny: The World’s Hottest Tour.”
Why We Love Bad Bunny
He is a huge advocate for women
In his song ‘Yo Perreo Sola,’ in 2020, the rapper dressed in drag. Explaining why he did so, he said he wrote it from a woman’s perspective and that the song wouldn't be the same with a man's voice singing the chorus.
He is an activist
Ocasio is a humanitarian and often criticizes the way natural disasters are handled. After a hurricane devastated parts of Puerto Rico, he personally distributed goods to those in need.
He loves his man
Although he did not come from a well-off family Ocasio says he grew up in a happy home. The rapper loves his family dearly.
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He also wins at wrestling
Ocasio has won the WWE 24/7 Championship once, making a name for himself in wrestling.
He was on the cover of “Playboy”
Ocasio was the first male, since Hugh Hefner, to be featured on the cover of the first digital “Playboy” magazine.
Where his stage name comes from
Ocasio was forced to wear a bunny costume in school and was photographed with a frowning expression.
He did a song with Will Smith’s son
Ocasio collaborated with Jaden Smith to create a remix of his single ‘Mi Forma De Ser.’
He’s one of the best-compensated Latin artists
In 2018, Ocasio was one of the highest-paid Latin artists according to “Forbes” magazine.
Bad Bunny FAQs
Can Bad Bunny speak English?
Yes. He can speak both English and Spanish and uses a mix of these two languages in his music.
Does Bad Bunny have a wife?
No, but he is currently in a relationship with Gabriela Berlingeri.
What is Bad Bunny’s favorite food?
He claims his favorite food is rice and beans, which he used to eat while growing up.
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