J Balvin

Cultura

How Mr Eazi, J Balvin, and Bad Bunny Made One of the Best Songs of the Summer

The Nigerian star's unexpected appearance on the duo's surprise album united afrobeats and urbano. It came together, of course, because of the internet.
Gary Suarez
7.18.19
Essays

Bad Bunny and J Balvin's Surprise Album 'Oasis' Could Have Been Better

The current kings of reggaetón and Latin trap give their fans the tag team event of the summer, for better or worse.
Gary Suarez
7.2.19
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
6.28.19
Noisey Next

Puerto Rican Hitmaker Jhay Cortez Doesn't Need American Hip-Hop’s Approval

The writer behind Cardi B's "I Like It" and other bangers is ready to top the charts under his own name.
Gary Suarez
6.27.19
Cultura

The Grammys Buried Latin Trap

In spite of Camila Cabello's splashy "Havana" opener, at the Grammys it was as if the last year or so of Billboard Hot 100 hit-making by Latin American artists hadn’t happened.
Gary Suarez
2.12.19
grammys 2019

Camila Cabello, J Balvin, and Young Thug Kicked Off the Grammys in Style

Ricky Martin and more also joined in on the whirlwind performance of "Havana" and "Mi Gente" that kicked off the night.
Colin Joyce
2.11.19
Cultura

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
11.19.18
Essays

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
10.3.18
noisey meets

How J Balvin Became a Global Star: Noisey Meets

The Colombian musician sits down with Noisey and talks about his rise to fame.
Noisey Staff
8.7.18
Cultura

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
4.27.18
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
9.29.17
Op-Eds

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
11.18.16
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