Bad Bunny Accidentally Sparked Drama Rumors With J Balvin in Supposed Diss on New Track

Is there drama between Bad Bunny and J Balvin? The King of Latin Trap reportedly dissed the Colombian singer in one of his 2023 song releases.

Callie (Carlos) Cadorniga - Author

Oct. 16 2023, Published 12:02 p.m. ET

(l-r) Bad Bunny and J Balvin
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The Gist:

  • Rumors of drama between Bad Bunny and J Balvin have been making the rounds.
  • One of Bad Bunny's 2023 songs features a lyrical jab aimed at the Colombian singer.
  • J Balvin has responded to the rumors and Bad Bunny's song.
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Popular musicians are certainly guilty of publicly calling each other out and starting some vocal feuds against each other. But as anyone who's ever broken up with a musician before may tell you, musicians aren't afraid to turn their beef with you into a brand new song.

Popular Puerto Rican musician Bad Bunny did just that in his fifth studio album, Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana (Nobody KNows What Is Going to Happen Tomorrow), which was released on Oct. 13, 2023.

Aside from three previously released singles, the song features nearly 20 new songs from Bad Bunny. In one of them, however, the lyrics have been interpreted as an open-faced diss against Colombian singer J Balvin. Was there any drama between them that led to this apparent callout? Let's break down what Bad Bunny said and how J Balvin responded.

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Bad Bunny and J Balvin collaborated in 2019
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Let's break down the drama between Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

In his 2023 studio album, Bad Bunny introduced a previously unreleased song called "Thunder y Lightning". The song is a collab between himself and Latin trap/reggaeton artist Eladio Carrión. Within the lyrics, the Puerto Rican singer seems to take some jabs at J Balvin.

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He stats "Ustedes me han visto con los mismo mientras ustedes son amigo de todo el mundo como Balvin," which translates to "You guys have seen me with the same people while you all are friends with the whole world like Balvin."

According to outlets like Rolling Stone, the lyrics seem to allude to the fact that J Balvin has often been criticized for his commercialized, crowd-pleasing style of songwriting. Interestingly enough, Bad Bunny and J Balvin have collaborated with each other on multiple occasions and have long held a mutual respect with each other.

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As of this writing, Bad Bunny hasn't addressed why these lyrics are in his song. However, J Balvin has since responded to the song. In an Instagram Live session, J Balvin expressed some confusion over the callout in "Thunder y Lightning". However, he also doubled down on the respect he has for his fellow musician.

"I think he's an excellent artist. The person I know is a great person. We supported each other mutually, we made history, {and] we also created a new story within music. I don't understand what was going on through his head, but the guy I know is a good person," J Balvin stated.

There doesn't seem to be any explicit love lost between the two artists, but Bad Bunny's diss lyrics have given plenty of music fans and even J Balvin himself some pause.

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