Women in Music 2016

Nicky Jam & J Balvin Take Instagram Pranks to a New Level

Michael Seto
J Balvin, Artist, Nicky Jam, Artist, Farruko, Artist at the Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards, Miami, FL, on 29 April 2015.

There’s a war going on between Puerto Rican reggaeton star Nicky Jam and his Colombian brother-from-another-mother J Balvin -- and it’s not your typical music beef.

The two friends were in Lima, Peru over the Memorial Day weekend to perform at the All Music Fest (along with Tego Calderón and Ñejo). Once back at their respective rooms in the upscale Hotel Mario, the two artists decided to get into a little trouble -- and not by raiding the mini bar but rather by making each other’s phone numbers and hotel room numbers public on Instagram.

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But it all seems to have been in good fun. If you follow either or both reggaetoneros on social media then you already know they love a good laugh.  

Here’s how the night unfolded...

In the first of a series of videos that Balvin posted throughout the night, he is seen hiding behind one of Nicky’s entourage members during Nicky's All Music Fest performance. In the Instagram caption, he wrote that he “publicly seeks compensation for his back-up singing services even though Nicky didn’t even notice I was there.”

Later that night, back in his hotel room, Nicky shot a video on his phone and posted it on Instagram, revealing Balvin’s exact location in the Peruvian capital, down to the hotel room number. In it, he invites “all women, midgets, and anybody who wishes to pay him a visit.” 

 

@jbalvin ahí esta tu negocio socio

A video posted by NICKY JAM (@nickyjampr) on

Balvin responded by also revealing Nicky’s hotel room number.

And that’s when things got good. Nicky then proceeded to post Balvin’s personal WhatsApp number.

 

Numero d jbalvin

A photo posted by NICKY JAM (@nickyjampr) on

Balvin reciprocated by doing exactly the same to Nicky.

 

Tomaaaaaaa loco

A photo posted by J Balvin (@jbalvin) on

Which resulted in both of them getting blocked by WhatsApp for about 4 hours. 

 

GRACIAS @nickyjampr esto ahora si puso bueno. Jejejejejej toco cambiar de numero!!

A photo posted by J Balvin (@jbalvin) on

 

But Balvin didn’t seem too heartbroken about it, posting a video telling “fans, family, and friends, as you can probably tell, I don’t have WhatsApp anymore. I’ll be changing my number and I’ll be in touch soon. Thanks Nicky!”

 

A quien pueda interesarle

A video posted by J Balvin (@jbalvin) on

Eventually the two reggaeton stars made peace with each other and are seen laughing it all off from Nicky’s hotel room. “We can’t even leave the hotel!” joked Balvin. 

 

PAZ @nickyjampr

A video posted by J Balvin (@jbalvin) on