YHLQMDLG is out via Rimas Entertainment

Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny just shared his music video for “Yo Perreo Sola,” and it was quite moving. Just days ahead of International Transgender Day of Visibility, the activist musician reiterates his support of the LGBTQIA+ community and, more broadly, women’s independence in a world still riddled by archaic machismo.

“Yo Perreo Sola” is off Bad Bunny’s record-breaking second album, YHLQMDLG. Upon its arrival, the album earned 201.4 million streams and landed at #2 on the Billboard 200. Making it the highest single-week streamed and charting all-Spanish album to date. The title translates to “Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Gana” or “I do what I want.” Clearly, by this video, the Latin king proves he’s quite serious.

On the track, Bad Bunny raps about a woman everyone in the club desires. However, she just wants to dance, enjoy her night with friends, and follow her own prerogative. The video released today, however, takes the statement an empowering step forward.

Watch “Yo Perreo Sola”

While Bad Bunny’s video expresses support for women’s freedom – as also noted in its closing statement – his decision to wear prosthetic breasts, wigs, dresses, high heels, and skintight leather outfits while ‘perreando,’ a Puerto Rican dance popularized in the 80s, speaks volumes for his support of the LGBTQIA+ community.

As you may recall, Bad Bunny recently appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, ahead of his Leap Day release, to perform “Ignorantes” alongside Panamanian singer, SECH. While recording in a skirt and earrings, Bad Bunny revealed his shirt stating “Mataron a Alexa – no a un hombre en falda” translating to “They killed Alexa – not a man in a skirt.”

The shirt was in response to the shocking February murder of Alexa Negrón Luciano. A 27-year-old transgender adult from Puerto Rico. CNN reports videos of that fatal night were intentionally shared on social media – which sparked horrific comments. Luciano’s murder has also recently sparked a stronger discourse around hate crimes against the LGBTQIA+ community in Puerto Rico and the United States. Which, according to the HRC, continues to see a shameful rise.
While Bad Bunny’s video will certainly be divisive among different communities in Puerto Rico, the U.S., and Latin America, an ally like Bad Bunny is pivotal in changing discourse. Hopefully, the intended messages of this masterpiece are not lost in nearsighted internet comments. Stream YHLQMDLG by Bad Bunny. See past coverage here.

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