This Bad Bunny song review is ironically written in the middle of Hurricane Fiona. Bad Bunny did it again! Making the music video for his song “El Apagón”. But he has done it with a twist and added a report called “Aquí Vive Gente” (People Live Here) by journalist Bianca Graulau.
“Because when those below move, those above come tumbling down.”
Bad Bunny’s new song’s visual starts off with the P FKN R intro from his last concerts back on the island. At the beginning of the video, different aspects from around the island are shown, including important figures and landmarks. It ends with a party in a dark tunnel showcasing some representation of the LGBTQ+ community.
In one part of the video, a reporter exposes two major factors: the shortage of electricity and the dislodging of Puerto Ricans. The constant blackouts occur throughout the island, especially in important places like hospitals can easily go without power for 30 hours on end. Moreover, the second factor is the displacement of many locals.
The visual includes an interview clip with a Dominican resident in Puerto Rico named Maricusa. She shared her story of being displaced for several decades.
Additionally, gentrification on the island continues to become more apparent. Foreigners who buy the items are selling and renting them for twice the original amount. They create businesses or homes that locals cannot afford. The average income is as low as approximately $21,000.
“Aquí Vive Gente” (People Live Here) showcases what is known as Act 22 (now part of Act 60), which means foreigners can move to Puerto Rico without paying taxes. Not paying taxes for various investments including stocks, cryptocurrencies, and real estate.
Many of these investors come to the island to create mostly vacation estates. But by doing this, many of these properties are located near beaches. By law, these beaches remain public but many of the residents believe that they can no longer enjoy them. It’s extremely difficult for the public to reach these beaches because the path that used to be accessible has been blocked off.
Logan Paul and Brock Pierce are two of the most notable investors living on the island in the town of Dorado where one of the beaches is only accessible to those who live in the complex. Many of those mansions or luxury homes are for sale for up $18 million.
Furthermore, Puerto Rican entrepreneur Federico Stubbe warned that if Act 22 were ever to be eliminated, Puerto Rico would become a “huge ghetto.”
Besides the release of this music video, Bad Bunny continues to beat records. “Un Verano Sin Ti” continues to be on top of the Billboard 200 chart. It’s currently on its 11th consecutive week.
The Puerto Rican singer is set to dethrone Drake’s album “Views”, which dropped in 2016. “Un Verano Sin Ti” also surpassed Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album”.
Bad Bunny’s ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’ surpasses Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’ as the longest-running #1 album of the 2020s decade on the Billboard 200 (11 weeks). pic.twitter.com/lj0t40Y51E
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Bad Bunny is one of the few artists who showcase the struggles of the island and denounces the little work that the government has done.
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