Bad Bunny, the First Latin Urban Musical Artist on Cover of Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone Magazine makes history with a cover story featuring Latinx writer Suzy Esposito, photographer Gabriela Berlingeri, & reggaeton artist Bad Bunny, who has famously collaborated with Jennifer Lopez, Drake, & Marc Anthony.

Russell Ray

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: May 20th, 2020 11:38 pm pst

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Urban music artist and Grammy nominated superstar Bad Bunny broke barriers and made history last week, when he became the first latino urban artist to land a cover for Rolling Stone

Since rising to stardom in 2018, Bad Bunny, whose given name is Benito Antino Marinez Ocasio,  has become a household name in the Latinx community. His collaboration credits include superstars like Jennifer Lopez, Drake and Marc Anthony. His creativity and artistry has made put him in high demand amongst top artists and producers.. 

Thanks to quarantine, the reggaeton singer and Rolling Stone had to depend on his girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri to shoot his photos. Rolling Stone’s director of creative content Catrinoa Ni Aolain said they chose Bad Bunny’s Berlingeri to shoot the cover due the coronavirus. “It wasn’t planned. It was very random,” said Berlingeri in the interview with the magazine. “I thought obviously that it was going to be a very cool photoshoot, but it’s difficult for me to accept that [sic] is going to be the cover for Rolling Stone.”  She is the first latina to shoot a cover for Rolling Stone.

 The couple used an iphone at an air bnb in Puerto Rico they’re currently living in to produce the photos. Lanita editor Suzy Exposito worked with Bad Bunny and Berlingeri through zoom after the island was shut off from tourism due to the coronavirus, to write the story. Exposito added to the list of  firsts as she became the first Latin writer at Rolling Stone to produce a cover story.  She took to twitter saying, “This cover was brought to you by Latinas.”

Since the pandemic hit, the reggaeton music sensation has placed a number 1 spot on the Top Latin Albums Chart twice, thanks to recent sales and streams of his new album. The “La Difiícil” singer just replaced himself at the number one spot with, ‘Las Que No Iban a Salir.’ According to Meilsen Music Data, the album opened with 42,000 album units earned in the U.S. for the week of May 14. 

Bad Bunny also  revealed recently that he will be expanding his resume. In his interview he said that he was in the process of shooting scenes for his debut acting role in a netflix series. He has yet to mention what type of role he would be playing, but fans are excited to say the least. Production for his new role was shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak. “Maybe I needed the rest,” he said. Fans can recall he hinted at wanting to act  in an interview from March with Entertainment Tonight, “…I’d like to act,” he said. “Hollywood, I’m here!” 

The  Pero Ya No singer proudly boasted  when he posted to instagram in Spanish, saying, “The little boy from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, the little naive boy that worked at the supermarket, the son of Tino and Lysauri, that’s the same guy on the cover of Rolling Stone. Nobody, nobody, nobody, nobody but nobody, can ever tell me what I can or cannot do.”

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