Dangerous Bunny is in a very good place. Contemporary off a long-delayed 25-city tour for his third solo album, essentially the most streamed artist of 2021 on Spotify is comfortably ensconced in a waterfront home in North Miami, simply throughout Biscayne Bay from flashier Miami Seaside, ending his newest document. Constructed out of transport containers organized round a patio that appears onto a pool and a dock, this momentary residence is teeming with associates who’re additionally collaborators—his inventive director, his photographer, his producer, his jack-of-all-trades. The sliding glass doorways are open, however the breeze barely cuts by way of the humidity and the warmth. A chef is at work within the open kitchen, filling the room with the aroma of pork and onions, and a spring break vibe hangs within the air. Somebody has set an attractive desk for a crowd.
The temper is so mellow that you may nearly neglect that the one who reveals up a couple of minutes after everybody else, contemporary from the gymnasium, is a world phenomenon whose genre-bending songs, convention-flouting lyrics, and gender-fluid seems to be have, over the previous six years, modified the face of pop music. An urbano Latin entice singer who has defied each expectation about what a rapper and entice artist ought to appear like, and what a reggaeton singer ought to sing about—upsetting some folks however inspiring many extra.
“I believe he’s the largest star in the entire world proper now,” Diplo, who appeared on Dangerous Bunny’s 2018 debut album and can be part of him on his stadium tour this summer season, tells me over the telephone. “Larger than any English-speaking star, greater than, after all, the largest Latin star. He’s essentially the most huge, most progressive, most vital pop star on the planet.” Dangerous Bunny’s frequent collaborator J Balvin concurs. “He’s a inventive genius,” he says, somebody who “takes us out of the stereotypes and reveals the actual, new means that we see the world as Latinos.”
Dangerous Bunny, whose actual identify is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, is right here together with his girlfriend, 28-year-old jewellery designer Gabriela Berlingeri, and their three-month-old Beagle pet, Sansa. Wearing a pair of royal blue Bravest Studios L.A. shorts, neon inexperienced slides, a black Balenciaga T-shirt with bébé bedazzled throughout the chest in rhinestones, and a tan bucket hat with the string hanging unfastened round his chin, Benito, additionally 28, is carrying a stack of espresso desk books on inside design, which he neatly arranges on a facet desk subsequent to the couch. There’s a gold ring in his septum, a necklace of small diamond hearts round his neck, small gold hoops with diamond charms in each of his ears. His nails, a modest size, are painted ballerina pink.
As Benito talks, his demeanor shifts from shy and introverted to playful and goofy to voluble and defiant. Generally, he will get sentimental. He turns to Berlingeri at one level and murmurs, “You look so fairly proper now.” And she or he laughs and says, “Oh, yeah, I look actually fairly.”
Berlingeri, who has come from the gymnasium too, is sporting an outsized “Puerto Rico” T-shirt and denim shorts, her hair moist and no make-up. She sits near him on the sofa, preserving a watchful eye on the pet, who’s being showered with items, together with a stuffed bunny. Assembly Sansa was a spotlight of the tour, Benito tells me. Berlingeri introduced her to fulfill him throughout his present on the Crypto.com Area in Los Angeles. He was about to return onstage after a five-minute break when he came upon that they had arrived, and he made a touch for the dressing rooms. “I ran due to her,” he tells me in Spanish, pointing to Sansa. “It wasn’t due to Gabriela.” Then he laughs. “That’s a lie, it was for each,” he says with a smile.