Hasta ‘Bajo Is the First Digital & Physical Archive of Puerto Rican Reggaetón

Patricia Velázquez once tried to search any records of the word “reggaetón” on the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueño’s official website. She came up emptyhanded, so she plotted a way to change this.

“What we want is to expose and study reggaeton as part of our culture,” says Velázquez, who’s a student of Cultural Management at the University of Puerto Rico. “What really matters is that the people who lived the genre and were raised with it are able to study and analyze it.”

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J Balvin And Bad Bunny Surprise Us With, And On, ‘Oasis’

In the world of English-language music, chances are that “new Oasis” means something very different to you than it does to the Spanish-language Internet. When the possibility of a joint album between two of the biggest names in urbano, J Balvin, the Colombian global domineer of 2017’s “Mi Gente” and longtime reggaetonero, and Bad Bunny, the 25-year-old face of Puerto Rican trap, became a reality back in September, it was a big deal.

Balvin confirmed to radio host Ebro Darden, who casually suggested a potential joint album, that he’d title the whole of their six or seven unreleased songs together Oasis — a word written the same in English and Spanish. Before long, Balvin and Bad Bunny were name-dropping Oasis on the outro to Jhay Cortez’s “No Me Conoce” remix. Cryptic Twitter teases ensued for months, until Oasis finally dropped today.

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