Bad Bunny takes listeners down memory lane

By Luis Diaz and Adonia Burciaga

Bad Bunny’s new album “Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana,” is already taking over the charts and is becomin his fan’s favorite album.

Bad Bunny loves to keep fans guessing and on their toes. 

Back in May, he hinted that an album would be released, but he never said when. 

After all the mindgames and hints, Bad Bunny’s fifth album was released on Thursday night. 

The Album has 22 songs and has already hit the charts at  number one on Spotify’s Top Albums Debut Global, 10 songs on the Top Songs Debut Global and is number 1 on Top Albums Debut USA. It is already Spotify’s most-streamed album in a single day this year.

The album returns to the Latin trap from earlier in his career and embraces his bold side. 

The only thing that has changed is that he’s one of the biggest superstars on the planet. 

After his last album “Un Verano Sin Ti” was nominated for prestigious awards such as a Grammy. 

“Un Verano Sin Ti” broke the record for Spotify’s most streamed album. Bad Bunny also made history by becoming the first Latino to headline Coachella.

On his first track “Nadie Sabe,” he talks about how no one knows a superstar’s life. 

He aims his lyrics at all the podcasters and entertainment reporters who have been speculating about his life. 

Fans are excited that “Trap Benito” is back. Trap Benito is a name that he earned when started doing rap in Spanish and Benito is his real name.

Prior to the release of the album, Bad Bunny revealed that he’d shaved his head to remind people that he’s going back to the look from the beginning of his career. 

The 22-song LP is a blast from the past. In his second song “Monaco,” he raps about how he is a champion and he’s the best artist and no one has it like him. 

Unapologetic verses throw jabs at want-to-be rappers.

Bad Bunny talks about how he doesn’t care about what people say about him, or what their opinion or views are on him. 

Bad Bunny, on the track, explains how fame has brought him close to other big names like LeBron James and Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Following the vibey highs from his previous album, “Un Verano Sin Ti,” this album lacks the beach-based pop beats and flashy style. 

This time around, Bad Bunny goes darker and embraces more nocturnal styles on the tech-house song “HIBIKI.”

He also explores that Jersey club vibe in “WHERE SHE GOES.”

Throughout the album, fans will notice that he’s getting things off his chest and addressing rumors of his love life and the so-called Kardashian curse. 

  An interesting part of the album is that his features aren’t mentioned on the tracklist. 

He lets his listeners experience those features in real time, which makes sense to the title of his album. It translates to nobody knows what tomorrow brings. 

He wants to make sure to live and listen in the moment. 

The collaborations he makes on this album are the ones fans waited for so long and it brings back familiar faces. 

Young Miko starts off the feature list in “FINA,” which fits so perfectly, because she is part of that Latin Trap movement. Her flow and style of rapping is a good balance with Bunny’s style. 

Mora returns for his fourth collaboration on “HIBIKI.” When these two come together, it’s nothing but masterpieces that are created. 

“SEDA,” “TELÉFONO NUEVO,” “MERCEDES CAROTA” and “THUNDER Y LIGHTING’’ are vintage Bad Bunny reuniting with artists that he started off during his trap bunny era. Eladio Carrion, Bryant Myers, YOVNGCHIMI and Luar La L are at their very best in those songs. 

“PERRO NEGRO” has a dream collabration fans of reggaeton have been dying for sometime. 

Feid is called to collaborate on this track. This perro doesn’t disappoint, it’s a good shift from all trap beats and hard language. Catchy beats and reggaeton, Bunny has his moment to shine. Feid’s vocals become a smooth contrast in comparison to Bad Bunny’s deep voice.

Similar to Drake, Bad Bunny gives his fans an album with more than 20 tracks. 

Not all of the songs are as good, it tends to lose its quality half way through. Quality over quantity would have been a better route for him. 

There are definitely some songs that are skippable,. The first five or six songs are definitely strong but it declines, but then goes back up. 

At times, throughout the listening it felt as the features were carrying the album. 

This is rare when it comes to a Bad Bunny record. The features dominate more than him, but at times his solo songs feel a bit too repetitive. 

The biggest surprises from this album is the fact a few reggaeton songs are on the album. 

It would only make sense to keep on capitalizing on the beats and flashy beach music that were heard on “Un Verano Sin Ti.”

“I’m not a trapper/trap artist or reggaetonero,” he says on the first track “Nadie Sabe.”

Fans of his newer albums might be disappointed by the lack of reggaeton.

 But in reality, it’s a trap album for his older fans. 

He says “This album is not to be played in a million views, it’s to make my real fans happy.” 

The return of Bad bunny to his trap roots comes with messages about heartbreak, power, fame and self love. 

He reminds fans he is (somewhat) still him, when it comes to social and personally. 

He dives into his romantic bag, floats with his wild ruminations and the punch lines over the hard trap beats by the way of his go-to producers and how he honors Puerto Rico. 

There is both growth/maturity and childlikeness/immaturity throughout the album, which is seen in his lyrics.

Even though quality is not all there, and the runtime might drag halfway, Bad Bunny will always do something different. 

The bars on each song match in terms of the flow, beat and the tone, which makes this album an easy listen from start to end.

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