The 16-track album — which includes the Jhay Cortez-assisted “Dakiti,” currently the most-streamed song in the world and No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 — has a “completely different” concept from YHLQMDLG, according to Bunny.
“This is a more sentimental album, more chill, the kind of thing you can listen to in your room,” the artist tells Billboard.
Recorded in Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Mexico, El Ultimo Tour del Mundo was born during the Coronavirus pandemic. Below, check out 10 essential tracks as recommended by Billboard Latin editors Griselda Flores and Jessica Roiz.
Though Bad Bunny took a different melodic route on his new album, “Te Mudaste” stays true to the essence of reggaeton. Towards the end, the beat completely transforms into an instrumental synthwave ’80s pop sound. Singing about the last time they made love and all the good times they had together, the nostalgic lyrics are about a person reminiscing about a long lost love.
A standout track on the album is the rock-en-español-inspired “Maldita Pobreza.” With a late ’80s/early ’90s vibe, Bad Bunny proves he’s unafraid to experiment with different sounds and tap into different genres. Stepping away from his ultra perreo and reggaeton sound YHLQMDLG, “Maldita Pobreza” is refreshing and shows a musical side of Bad Bunny we had yet to see — and want to see more of.
“La Noche de Anoche,” featuring Rosalia
It’s the collaboration we had been waiting for in 2020, and we weren’t disappointed. For their first-ever collaboration, Bad Bunny and Rosalía go for a soft reggaeton track that puts both artists’ powerful and one-of-a-kind vocals at the forefront. “La Noche de Anoche” finds the Puerto Rican and Spanish artists trading verses about an unforgettable night between the two. “I know it won’t happen again, but if it did, I would become your weakness.”
“Yo Visto Asi”
Along with the release of his new album, Bad Bunny premiered the music video for “Yo Visto Asi.” Fans first got a taste of this track during the Cheetos commercial, where the artist is seen snacking on the chips at the recording studio. With this track, which fuses Latin trap and heavy rock beats, Bad Bunny sets the tone for the majority of the album. In essence, he sings about his unique personality and unapologetic fashion style. “I dress like this, I’m never going to change,” he says in the chorus. In the music video, Bunny appears with a variety of celebrities, including Ricky Martin, Karol G, Sech, Sofia Vergara, Francisco Lindor, and many more.
“Haciendo Que Me Amas”
The ultimate breakup song, “Haciendo Que Me Amas” finds a heartbroken Benito coming to terms with a romantic relationship that might be over. “If it ended, don’t hide it, tell me. Don’t make it worse pretending you love me.” The slowed-down track is all about emotional lyrics and Benito at his most vulnerable. He’s a meticulous songwriter and this song is a testament to his craft.
A true wrestling aficionado, “Booker T” is named after the former professional WWE wrestler and WCW champion. Melodically, Bunny presents a raw trap song, highlighting all the success he’s had as of late. He sings about being named Composer of the Year, sweeping major awards, breaking records with his music, and more. “I’m in my peak, I’m a king, a champ, Booker T/ I’m in my peak, look at what I’ve become,” he emphasizes. On Twitter, Booker T gave his stamp of approval. “Can you dig it, sucka? Salute to @sanbenito. Congrats on the new album!” he tweeted.
In “La Droga,” Bad Bunny compares his fatal attraction to a woman with that of a lethal drug. “You’re the drug that mom told me about/ The one that kills if I taste it/ And I was such an idiot thinking that you loved me,” he kicks off the track. Like the rest of this album, the Puerto Rican artist was not afraid to marry two completely genres, trap and punk rock, for an innovative and edgy sound.
The guitar-led “Trellas” calls for a double-take. Perhaps the most chill and laid back track on the album, Bad Bunny steps out of his comfort zone and draws inspiration from the Spanish rock/alternative realm for this otherworldly tune. The song finds El Conejo Malo looking up and asking the stars for a sign, “Is there someone out there for me?”
“Sorry Papi,” featuring Abra
One of the three collaborations on this set is “Sorry Pari” with Abra, an independent artist from Los Angeles, whom Bad describes as “extremely talented” for making her own beats and music. On this track, Bunny focuses on a more synth-pop, alternative indie vibe. He sings about seducing a girl while she responds, “Sorry, papi/ Yo no soy tu mami/ Yo, yo hago lo que yo quiera/ Y también tengo lo mío en la cartera,” letting him know that she’s an independent woman. “Sorry Papi” can easily become the empowering sequel to “Yo Perreo Sola,” featuring Nesi.
“Antes Que Se Acabe”
This stripped-down alt-pop track is 2020’s anthem. As ever, Bad Bunny keeps it real confessing that before everything ends, he’ll live his life to die happily. In this ultra-personal track, he goes on to reiterate that he does what he wants. “Life is a movie, and I’m my own director.” Mid-track and toward the end, Bunny sprinkles a soft reggaeton to the edgy track. Plus, that sample of Walter Mercado’s iconic phrase “y que reciban de mi siempre paz mucha paz, pero sobre todo mucho mucho much mucho…” will really get to you and make you feel nostalgic. Exactly what Bad Bunny wants to do with this album: make us all feel again.