Why Bad Bunny's "Yo Perreo Sola" its so important
According to Billboard "Yo Perreo Sola" has hit No. on Latin Airplay and it is his 9th No.1 hit in only 2 years.
But in this song there is actually something interesting and worth talking about, it is one of the very few reggaeton/trap artists making such a strong statement for women.
If this genre has been criticized of something, it has always been being sexist and misogynist. It's always the same story where men portray women as just a sex object and sometimes the lyrics can even get a bit violent.
This song along with the video was a refreshing point of view and message from Bad Bunny, specially coming from someone that was raised in Latin America where the macho culture is very prominent.
We have seen American and British rock bands cross dress in music videos before so the act itself was nothing new, but who did it, where he comes from and who listens to him is the groundbreaking element.
In the "Yo Perreo Sola" video we can see Bad Bunny provocatively dancing with small skirts and low cut tops while most of his dancers are completely covered, putting himself in the position commonly seen as "vulnerable" but the lyrics imply the contrary.
The video ends with an important message in Spanish, "Si no quiere bailar contigo, respeta, ella perrea sola" which can be translated to "If she does not want to dance with you, respect her, she'll dance alone".
Reggaeton and trap have been more diversified lately with a lot of women stepping into this industry such as Becky G, Natti Natasha and more.
Hopefully we'll start to see less and less misogyny in this genre.