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Bad Bunny covers the new issue of The FADER, offering a glimpse into the wild life of the burgeoning superstar, including a glorious editorial styled by the artist himself.

The Puerto Rico-based rapper with the best sunglasses collection in the game stays humble about his huge come-up, one capped by his appearance on Cardi B and J Balvin’s “I Like It” which hit number one in the United States. “I think if I keep working in the way that I am, from the heart and from passion and with love, well, the fruits of that will keep coming,” he says.

He initially started rapping by making joke-freestyles to amuse his classmates, but i evolved into something much bigger: “Only a few people knew I actually made tracks… [When] I started freestyling, everyone liked it and it was very funny, but in private I did it for real. Then people started to motivate me saying, ‘Why don’t you put out music, put it online, put it here, put it on Facebook, whatever whatever’ and I went, ‘No no no.’ But little by little, something was working in my mind and I said, ‘It’s true, I need to put something out.’”

Music aside, we learn that Bad Bunny has an immense passion for wrestling, which is why Ric Flair was called in to star in the visual for his track “Chambea.” “[Making the video], I kept saying, something’s missing. Then it occurred to me, like damn, let’s put a legendary wrestler in here. When I got to the video I was nervous—real nervous—and I didn’t know if he was gonna be humble or more like the persona. But he’s a super, super good dude and we became friends! He invited me to WrestleMania later, and he introduced me like a friend to all of the wrestlers. I met John Cena!”

At one point, he reveals that he rarely gets jealous, except for when Post Malone met one of his wrestling heroes, The Undertaker: “I’ve never felt jealous in my life, but the only time I’ve ever felt jealousy was when I saw the photo of Post Malone with The Undertaker. Brooo, I almost cried! You saw he did the choke-slam on him?”

Be sure to read Bad Bunny’s full cover story over on The FADER.

For more like this, read our profile on Rico Nasty right here.

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