J Balvin

stream of the crop

Thom Yorke's Breathtaking Solo LP and 9 More of the Week's Best Albums

Impossibly cool house tracks and tense raps fill out the rest of this week's essential listening.
Colin Joyce
Josh Terry

Can Latin Trap Go Mainstream Without Sacrificing Authenticity?

Even as Bad Bunny and J Balvin cozy up to English-language acts, there’s plenty of room for others to mine the darker, druggier corners of the genre.
Gary Suarez

Bad Bunny's Embrace of Femininity Comes with a Caveat

The Latin trap star is pushing against toxic masculinity while revealing the genre's limits of acceptance.
Mariana Viera

Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and the Perils of Latin Novelty

"I Like It" is an inarguable hit, but its sample invokes a history of the industry exoticizing songs sung in Spanish. Burger King is involved somehow.
Gary Suarez
New music

Beyoncé Hopped on a Remix of J Balvin's "Mi Gente" for Charity

She'll be giving proceeds from this new version of the bop to hurricane and earthquake relief efforts.
Lauren O'Neill

The Latin Grammys Ignored the Elephant in the Room, but the Performances Still Ruled

There wasn’t an army of defiant musicians bashing Donald Trump, which made for an awkward omission.
Isabela Raygoza

J Balvin’s Global Reggaeton Takeover Is Just Beginning

We sat down with the Colombian superstar to discuss hip-hop, Donald Trump, Drake, and—yes—Pokémon Go.
Larry Fitzmaurice
we saw this

We Talked to Fans at a Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias Concert in El Paso, Texas

"It has a lot of connotations. If you're in the party mode it's like, 'Let's go for it. Let's party it up!'"
Elijah Watson