green_monsterx (green_monsterx) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Bad Bunny drops new album, "YHLQMDLG"

Where X 100PRE felt like a tightly sequenced statement of identity, YHLQMDLG is both looser and freer, a party record made by a young star with nothing to prove.

Bad Bunny is breaking all the rules with a glee that plays up how silly all these hyperspecific ideas about gender and language and pop stardom and activism have been all along. Following last year’s J Balvin team-up Oasis, this year’s new YHLQMDLG, or Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Gana — quite literally, “I do whatever I want” — is an expression of Bad Bunny’s freedom both in the title and the music.

Even on this substantially more immediately palatable release, Benito makes an album that outshines all of his contemporaries working within the same sphere. In his sprawling 20-track sophomore album, Bad Bunny reverses course and, instead of delivering a singular and cohesive artistic statement as he did on X100PRE—with which he laid out a blueprint for future generations of urbano artists to make bold statements—San Benito broke the mold from within.

For his sophomore solo release, he’s trying something even more ambitious: asking the world to crossover to him. An artist of his merit might try to further stretch his clout by recruiting even more maximalist pop stars and producers, guaranteed to win mainstream ubiquity the world over. Instead, Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Gana (or I Do Whatever I Want) convenes a family reunion of his favorite rappers and reggaetoneros to produce a genre-promiscuous work of reggaeton a la marquesina: a more street-savvy form of reggaeton once deemed so risqué that it was criminalized and relegated to garage parties across Puerto Rico throughout the Nineties.

YHLQMDLG is an expansive celebration of Bad Bunny's inability to be confined within one theme — it dynamically weaves its way through heartbreak, yearning, a good time at the club and, of course, his pride for Puerto Rico.

ONTD, what do you think of Benito's latest album??
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