If you had two ears in 2017, it’s safe to say you’ve heard the song “Mi Gente” by now.
It’s just one of those records that’s constantly spinning on the radio, climbing the charts daily, and they even have a version with Beyonce (which has over 100 million streams) where daughter Blue Ivy has a line in the song.
And if you haven’t heard it yet then consider checking it out.
I’m also sure you might be wondering exactly who is the man behind this massive song. That would be none other Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin, aka J Balvin.
He is a reggaeton/Latin pop artist by way of Medellin, Colombia who has gained fame all around the world now ranking number 10 in the Billboards hot 100 and holding a spot on the list for 20 weeks in a row.
You may also recognize him from the remix he made back in 2015 to Justin Bieber’s, “Sorry.”
Now at 32, Balvin left Colombia when he was just 17 and decided to move to the U.S. with his best friend.
As a young child, he was always interested in music and watching the music videos and quickly created his own unique style.
His career started off when he was signed to EMI Colombia in 2009 and released his first single, “Ella Me Cautivó,” coming in at 35 on the U.S. tropical chart. His views on YouTube range from 2 million to 1.3 billion. His song “Ay Vamos” hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin songs chart.
He performed live Nov. 16, 2017 at the 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards with Steve Aoki, Bad Bunny, and French Montana.
J Balvin has also worked with other artists such as Nicky Jam, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Robin Thicke, and has gone on tour with Pitbull & Enrique Iglesias. In 2017, he won an iHeartRadio music award for Latin Album of the Year.
He was even described by Billboard as, “the greatest discovery of latin music in many years”. He has had many accomplishments and is finally being recognized.
He has toured across the U.S, Italy, Spain, Germany, and many more. He is currently on his “Energia” tour.
J Balvin has been well-known in the Spanish music industry for quite some time now and has stated in the past that he is not interested in being successful and not famous.
But now that he’s being exposed on a global scale, his records are making waves unlike any other contemporary South American artist out there. His people are proud of what he represents and that’s what’s making him so successful.
Balvin wants to make people aware of Latin music and bring his culture and type of music to others who may not listen to his music and collab with different artists. And he has made it pretty clear his crush and dream collaboration would be with Rihanna.
His style over the years has changed drastically. He now is fully tatted, likes to dye his hair all kinds of crazy colors, and is big on name brands and definitely has a unique style to him.
He also has a magnetic personality which is why over 19 million people follow him on the gram.
He recently dyed his hair a highlighter yellow and posted it on Instagram story saying “let the memes begin” and later posted a meme someone made of him.
While he’s making hit after hit, he still likes to joke around and doesn’t take things personal. An an age where many artists let their egos get the best of them, J Balvin is nothing like that.
One thing to admire about him is how humble he seems to be and that he constantly mentions his family and how thankful he is to have them.
He’s already one of my favorite artists to follow as he continues his rise as one of the biggest artists in the world