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Bad Bunny performed a free concert for Puerto Rican fans – at a gas station on the Gulf

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Bad Bunny thinks “Puerto Rico is freaking awesome” according to his song “El Apagón”. The Grammy-nominated artist even gave a free concert there — on the roof of a Gulf gas station. Here’s what we know about this Coachella headliner and his hometown.

Bad Bunny is the Grammy nominated artist behind it A summer without you the release of “Me Porto Bonito”, “Titi Me Preguntó” and other chart-toppers. According to Britannica, this artist is from San Juan, Puerto Rico and attended the University of Puerto Rico.

Additionally, Bad Bunny (real name Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio) often mentions his love for Puerto Rico and its fans there, performing at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in 2022.

“I just want people to feel like they’re really here on the island, in the Caribbean,” Bad Bunny said in an interview with Apple Music. “The best part of all my achievements is when people say, ‘Yeah, but he’s from Puerto Rico.'”

“I just want people to understand that you can be Puerto Rican and you can be a star,” he added. “I just want people to remember me as a regular guy. You don’t have to change anything in your culture. You don’t have to change anything about yourself.”

From sold-out stadiums to the rooftop of a Gulf gas station, Bad Bunny returned to Puerto Rico in 2022 and gave the growing crowd a free, impromptu concert. A series of videos were posted on TikTok, the first of which featured Bad Bunny performing their recently released collaboration “La Jumpa” with Arcángel.

Some of Bad Bunny’s biggest hits followed, including “Me Porto Bonito,” “Efecto,” and “Gato de Noche.” All showed Bad Bunny in black addressing the crowd from the roof of the Gulf gas station.

Bad Bunny often mentions his hometown love and A summer without you is no exception. The artist released “El Apagón” with lyrics describing Puerto Rico as the birthplace of reggaeton.

The title itself means “The Blackout” in English and refers to the power outages in Puerto Rico in recent years.

As NBC News noted, “El Apagón” finds “residents struggling with an aging and deteriorating power grid” even before Hurricanes Maria and Fiona — both of which raised prices after a private company took over Puerto Rico’s power transmission had distribution system.

“I don’t want to leave here, let her go,” says Bad Bunny’s friend Gabriela Berlingeri in Spanish. “This is my beach, this is my sun. This is my country, this is me.”

The music video highlighted the ongoing gentrification and displacement issues on US territory. Now the production has over 12 million YouTube views.

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