Puerto Rican reggaetón star Dangerous Bunny (born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio) is a world phenom whose music and star attraction know no bounds. Since he entered the mainstream music business in 2017, he’s launched chart-topping albums, damaged Spotify and Billboard data, obtained dozens of awards for his work, branched out into performing, and has develop into identified for his activism and advocacy for Puerto Rico. Now, his impression has develop into unquestionable. Beginning within the 2023-2024 faculty yr, San Diego State College (SDSU) will supply its first-ever Dangerous Bunny course analyzing the ways in which the Latin pop artist has modified reggaetón, machismo, and the music business as a complete.
“Dangerous Bunny has remodeled reggaetón like no different artist has,” Dr. Nathian Shae Rodriguez, the affiliate director of journalism and media research, instructed CBS Information. “When you concentrate on reggaetón, it’s hypermasculine, machista is embedded in its core. And Dangerous Bunny has come and flipped it the wrong way up. Dangerous Bunny offers us one other facet to masculinity, and the way masculinity will be, the way it ought to be. How it may be genuine, how it may be endearing, how it may be loving.”
Programs that permit college students to review the impression of among the world’s largest pop stars have develop into a brand new pattern for universities. UT Austin beforehand provided a course entitled “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism: Fashionable Music and Black Feminist Idea” whereas SDSU additionally beforehand had a course entitled “Selena and Latin-X Media Illustration.” Dr. Rodriguez taught that course and can now be instructing the Dangerous Bunny course. The research of two of probably the most iconic Latinx musicians is an indication of progress towards a extra inclusive instructional program that acknowledges the affect they’ve had in popular culture and their communities.
It’s validating and empowering to see Benito’s accomplishments and affect acknowledged in academia, particularly with increasingly Latinx college students attending faculty. Regardless of all of the obstacles our neighborhood faces in pursuing larger training—together with funds, immigration standing, and lack of household assist—the share of Latinx college students that enroll in faculty or graduate with a level within the U.S. is barely growing yearly. By 2026, it’s even been predicted that the inhabitants of Latinx college students in faculty will attain over 4 million, greater than some other ethnic group. And now, beginning in 2023, college students at SDSU will be capable to find out about one of many largest and most profitable Latin pop stars in historical past.
“Folks can really feel me. I’m Latino; I’m Puerto Rican. Yo soy de Puerto Rico. Folks can really feel that, you understand?” he mentioned in a earlier interview on The Each day Present with Trevor Noah final yr. “Irrespective of…no importa de tu sea, lo vas sentirlo, como que, why do I’ve to vary? Nadie le pide a una artista gringo que cambien. Nobody has instructed a gringo artist that it’s a must to change. Folks love your music. That is who I’m. That is my music. That is my tradition. For those who don’t prefer it, don’t take heed to me. For those who prefer it, you understand.”