YHLQMDLG | Bad Bunny
YHLQMDLG (abbreviation of "Yo hago lo que me da la gana", Spanish for "I Do What I Want") is the second studio album by Puerto Rican rapper and singer Bad Bunny. It was released on February 29, 2020, by Rimas Entertainment. It features guest appearances from Daddy Yankee, Nesi, Yaviah, Ñengo Flow, Sech, Mora, Jowell & Randy, Anuel AA, Myke Towers, Kendo Kaponi, Arcangel, Duki and Pablo Chill-E. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, becoming the highest-charting all-Spanish album ever on the chart. -Wikipedia
Bad Bunny’s second album is outstanding. It’s a big party record that pushes boundaries and pays homage to reggaetón’s past and future, all made by a swaggering star with absolutely nothing to prove.
In a world of pop stars, Bad Bunny may never be as famous as Pikachu, but with YHLQMDLA, he’s emerging as a rarity in the game like the mythical Mew.
YHLQMDLG is Bad Bunny’s lonely hearts club playlist, a flurry of wistful tunes about pining for lost lovers and struggling to make new connections.
a perfect amalgamation of the day’s popular sounds, formative influences and even reggaetón’s foundational elements.
Bad Bunny still remains close to his reggaeton roots. In a genre that is quickly becoming oversaturated, El Conejo Malo has found a way to re-think what it can be, further solidifying his status as a pillar of reggaeton.
At its best, ‘YHLQMDLG’ is a nice try at embracing the diversity of what the urbano landscape has to offer. At its worst, the album feels like a playlist on shuffle.
If he does decide to walk away from music forever, at least the archive he’ll leave behind—including YHLQMDLG, despite its shortcomings—will be worth playing over and over.
Despite his experimental approach to the album, the reggaetonero managed to coalesce the varying features, styles, and genres.
The Daily Targum
The rule-breaking versatility of "YHLQMDLG" makes it an album fit for anyone’s needs at any occasion. Bad Bunny is a rising star who deserves all the success he is getting, and fans will be patiently waiting to see what limits he will exceed next.
While 20 tracks seems exhausting, to the contrary, he captures our attention throughout, especially with his clever zingers.
The Musical Hype
Bad Bunny delivers a truly compelling sophomore album in YHLQMDLG.
The Needle Drop
On his sophomore album, Bad Bunny does for reggaeton what artists like Travis Scott and Future have done for trap.
The Niles West News
“YHLQMDLG” is a banger. Bad Bunny never fails me, and the variety this album provides only further shows how versatile of an artist Bad Bunny is, and how impressive he is as an artist.
Bad Bunny’s second offering is more than worthy of his previous work, delivering infectious reggaeton tracks, impassioned breakup songs and innovative trap numbers that raise the genre’s bar from where he himself set it in 2018.
Diandra Reviews it All
Frankly, it hard to describe how much I love YHLQMDLG. At 20 tracks, it is a golden platter of soundscapes across Latin America; with our genres, stories, traditions, and humanity on a vibrant display.
Washington Square News
Each track on “YHLQMDLG” is anomalously unexpected, yet distinctly rooted in reggaeton roots and Bad Bunny’s melodramatic persona. Bad Bunny’s sophomore album parades his advancement as an artist in a global lens. His vocals are as extensive as ever, and his influences have never been wider
Add every one of these songs to your party playlist, because I don’t see how much will beat this one in the fun department this year.
Bad Bunny does whatever he wants, even if that means quitting when you're far ahead. If he does, we'll still have YHLQMDLG, a transformative fever dream of an album that accents freedom by breaking all the rules without writing new ones.