J Balvin

8.29.19

Baja Beach Fest Was a Game-Changing Showcase of Latinx Excellence

The electrifying beachfront gathering—which featured Bad Bunny, Becky G, and J Balvin—felt like a line in the sand for the future of música urbana.

7.18.19

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.

7.2.19

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.

6.28.19

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.

6.27.19

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.

2.12.19

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.

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2.11.19

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.

11.19.18

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.

10.3.18

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.

8.7.18

How J Balvin Became a Global Star: Noisey Meets

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

4.27.18

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.

9.29.17

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.

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