The reggaeton player, considered among the 100 most influential people of the year by the magazine TimeHe said that “watching movies is one thing and reality is another.”
J Balvin has been enjoying the honeys of success for a long time and nothing seems to indicate that his lucky star is going to abandon him in the immediate future. In fact, the artist just won the award for Best Latin Album during the Billboard Music Awards with Oasis, his collaborative album with Bad Bunny and was included by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people of the year.
Perhaps for the same reason, knowing that his voice reaches well beyond the limits imposed by the volume at which a song sounds, the singer decided not to stay in the comfort zone that supposes keeping silence on the harshest questions that fly over. to society. His, and ours too.
And in that plane, the singer-songwriter attacked a certain patina of romanticism with which he wants to cover the figure of one of the most sinister characters in his country, and he declared himself “proud” that when people talk about Colombia today, its name “has replaced” that of Pablo Escobar. And, incidentally, he criticized those who consider the Medellín Cartel boss a “hero.”
“I understand that outside they see him as a hero, as someone who lived life in a big way. Yes, he was smart, but what’s behind that is that many innocent people died“, the artist underlined in DJ Khaled’s podcast published this Friday, which is part of the new Amazon Music programming.
“For me that’s not being a hero“, he remarked.
“I am a good friend of his son (Juan Pablo Escobar) and I was just talking to him this morning and I asked him: ‘What do you think was the best thing your dad did for the world?’ And he replied: ‘He taught us how not to do things’“, highlighted J Balvin, who was born and raised in the city of Medellín.
“I live 10 minutes from where he was born, but I’m fine with everyone. That’s why I don’t have bodyguards in Colombia, “explained the reggaeton artist, who mentioned the issue of an alleged relationship that exists between reggaetoneros and the world of drugs.” We do not feel part of that. He destroyed many families. It destroyed the country, “he said.
Balvin was born in 1985, a year after Escobar began the era of narco-terrorism in Colombia, and he was about to turn nine when the capo was killed in Medellín.
The interpreter of Yellow Y Red He assured that “only those of us who live it know what that is”, and explained that his childhood was marked by violence unleashed by Escobar. He even recalled a “traumatic” episode in which a friend saw his father’s body “cut to pieces in a box “, when they were six years old.
For Balvin, the admiration there may be for Escobar stems from the fact that people have seen “series like Narcos“, but “watching movies is one thing and reality is another.” In a conversation in English, the artist, who lives between Miami and Medellín, took the opportunity to highlight that Escobar’s “evil” inheritance in Colombia it still lasts.
“He destroyed a whole generation who wants things easy, when in reality things are only achieved when you have discipline and work hard every day, “he said.