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Residente, Anuel, Bad Bunny & More Latin Artists Who Penned Ultra-Personal Songs

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After a challenging and tumultuous 2020, a new year is finally here. However, many Latin artists did not hold back from penning ultra-personal songs over the past year.

Residente's most intimate and personal song to date, for example, is a seven-minute-long story of his life, going through childhood, depression, death and censorship -- and using his birth name, René, as the title.

The song was released in February during Residente's birthday week, and it helped inspire other confessional tracks, including Kendo Kaponi's "Resistencia," Ozuna's "Gracias" and Anuel's "Me Contagie 2."

After a year of growth and retrospect for all, below are 10 heartfelt songs by artists such as Arcangel, Bad Bunny, Sech and more.

Anuel AA, “Me Contagie 2”

On Nov. 19, the week of the Latin Grammys (where he was a seven-time nominee), Anuel AA released a track called “Me Contagie 2.” To the beat of Dido’s “Thank You,” he opens up about solitude, emptiness and how he wants to retire from music for his son.

Arcangel, “Mi Testimonio”

The opening track to his album Historia de un Capricornio, “Mi Testimonio” kicks off with Arcangel’s son assuring him that he’s the best singer. In the song, Arca sings about the highs and lows of his career and pens all of his life lessons throughout the years.

Bad Bunny, “<3”

The closing track on Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG is an ode to everyone who has believed in him since before he got famous. He also sends a message to his haters, explaining why being different is cool, and one to his grandmother so that she feels proud of his accomplishments.

Carla Morrison, “Ansiedad”

Morrison’s up-tempo R&B-fused pop track explores her own relationship with mental health. "I want to talk and I can't. I want to breathe and I can't. I want to be and I can't," she sings, allowing herself to be vulnerable.

Jay Wheeler, “Yo No Cambie”

Up-and-coming urban artist Jay Wheeler is headed towards a promising year for his career, but in “Yo No Cambie,” he promises his loved ones and fans that fame has not changed him. “I did not change/ It was my life that changed/ Now there is no time to sleep,” he chants.

Kendo Kaponi, “Resistencia”

In the seven-minute track, the up-and-coming Latin trap star looks back at his rough upbringing dealing with gun violence and political unrest in Puerto Rico. For the first time, he shares his version of events of the case that ultimately led to his arrest.

Nicky Jam, “Desahogo”

To the beat of Carla Morrison’s 2013 single “Disfruto,” Nicky Jam opens up about his life struggles, insecurities and challenging road to success. In the song, he also thanks reggaeton veterans Daddy Yankee and El Ñejo for being true brothers who stood by his side.

Ozuna, “Gracias”

The stripped-down, acoustic track is from his latest album, ENOC, on which he reflects on his journey and gives thanks for the blessings in his life. “Now that I am alone, I realize who I am/ I had to go through a lot to get to where I am,” he expresses in the song.

Residente, “Rene”

The "therapeutic" single sheds light on his self-discovery process. "I had a lot of situations happening at the moment," he told Billboard, recalling a time he felt so bad that he didn't want to go on stage. "I had never felt like that in my life." He started writing the track the following day.

Sech, “Siempre”

Sech penned his life story in “Siempre,” the last track added to his album 1 Of 1 and one which was born during the coronavirus quarantine. “This is a very personal song because I share things about my life that nobody knows about,” he says.

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