Rapper/Songwriter Bad Bunny makes latin music history again by making his drag debut in the jaw-dropping video for “Yo Perreo Sola,” (“I Twerk Alone”).
Recently, Bad Bunny landed a historic debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as the Puerto Rican artist’s YHLQMDLG (Yo Haga Lo Que Me Da La Gana) entered at No. 2 on the all-genre tally. This album was also said to be the highest charting all Spanish-language album ever. Furthermore, to add to the overall impressiveness of this album, YHLQMDLG is noted as the biggest streaming week ever for a Latin album, and the largest week for a Latin title since Billboard began tracking albums by equivalent album units in December of 2014.
Now, the Puerto Rican super star is defying gender norms, promoting feminism, and advocating for consent in his latest music video; all things we have never seen a male Reggaeton artist do in all of Latin musics history. Featuring powerful vocals by the rising singer Nesi, “Yo Perreo Sola” is dedicated to all who desire to dance alone, freely, and safely, at the club.
The visual is directed by Bad Bunny and Stillz, the singer opens the video in a sexy red vinyl dress and matching thigh-high boots, dancing seductively in a series of close-up shots for the camera. To further add to the symbolic power of his message, Bad Bunny knocks out a horde of fiendish men who try to approach him while he dances by simply using some girl power. Other women dance freely on their own as he sings, donning a high fashion kilt and chains (serving BDSM realness).
Each outfit serves as a reflection of the female-empowerment themes of the song, The records lyrics say, “She’ll call you if she needs you / But for now she is alone / She twerks alone” referring to a woman who wants to dance solo at a club, free from harassment. The video’s striking visuals feature plenty of twerking, including a plot-twist moment which appears to feature Bad Bunny, again in drag, grinding on…Bad Bunny.
Then, as a final act of solidarity, the last frame of the video reads an imperative, and much needed announcement on sexual harassment: “If she doesn’t want to dance with you, respect her, she twerks alone.”
Watch the music video above to see how Bad Bunny is challenging archaic norms, stigmas, and conflicts in regards to femininity and sexuality within Latin music and society today.