El Apagón

Album: Un Verano Sin Ti (2022)
Charted: 54
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Songfacts®:

  • Maldita sea, otro apagón
    Damn it, another power outage


    "El Apagón" translates to "the blackout," and this torch song refers to Puerto Rico's power outages. In 2017 the world's second-longest blackout in history began after Hurricane Maria decimated the island's power grid. Many more people lost power again four years later when a fire broke out at one of the island's largest power plants.
  • The song also captures the beauty of Puerto Rico. On the outro, Gabriela Berlingeri, Bad Bunny's girlfriend, sings of her love for the island. She ends with a send-off for the mainland investors who have descended on Puerto Rico in search of tax breaks, driving up home prices and displacing locals.

    Lo que me pertenece a mí se lo quedan ellos
    Que se vayan ellos
    Esta es mi playa, este es mi sol
    What belongs to me they keep
    Let them go away
    This is my beach, this is my sun


    Bad Bunny specifically wrote the lyrics for Berlingeri to sing. "This is a song from the heart," he told The New York Times. "I didn't want to get a famous artist. I wanted someone to sing it out of love, because it's a sincere message."
  • In the second verse, Bad Bunny declares:

    Aquí el calor es diferente, el sol es Taíno
    La capital del perreo, ahora todos quieren ser Latino
    Here the heat is different, the sun is Taino
    The capital of the perreo, now everyone wants to be Latino


    For a long time, the music industry scorned Latino artists. Eventually, they became the flavor of the month and a sudden spate of non-Latino musicians started singing in Spanish or playing with reggaeton. "Even though you can feel proud and happy about that, deep down, you're like, 'Now, cabrones? Why not before?'" Bad Bunny commented to The New York Times.

    "It's not a critique, like, 'Don't do it!'" he added. "But remember that it's from here, and that we know how to do it like it's supposed to be done."
  • The interlude is a sample of DJ Joe's 2000 salacious track "Vamos A Joder."
  • Bad Bunny released a video for "El Apagón" on September 17, 2022. A day later, Hurricane Fiona made landfall along the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico, deluging the island with rain. Again, the storm knocked out its electricity grid, leaving Puerto Rico in the dark.

    A documentary titled Aquí Vive Gente (People Live Here), plays after the clip. Narrated by Bianca Graulau, it discusses various social and economic issues affecting Puerto Rico, including rising rent prices and the development of luxury accommodations.

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