EXCLUSIVE: J Balvin Talks New Album, Drake Comparisons, & Twitter

It’s like what Drake did a couple years back with rap.

Exactly! I believe that’s the best example I have in regards to what’s happening with urban music now. Most reggaeton artists have come from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Panama. It’s exactly how Drake is from Canada and he came to refresh hip-hop. It’s the same way in reggaeton. I’m from Colombia and come in and triumph in a world dominated by Puerto Ricans and Panamanians. I definitely identify with Drake.

When did you know that music was future?

Ever since I was a small kid I would always play the guitar. Then I spent some time in New York City and fell in love with the hip-hop culture. Not only rap, but breakdancing, graffiti, everything!

With all the success you’ve had in the Latin market, do you think of crossing over?

Absolutely. Little by little without rushing. I want to work with rappers like Drake. But it’s a process that you can’t rush.

What do you do outside of work?

I try to stay in contact with nature, the ocean, mountains, read, go to the movies like any other young person. I also have four dogs—five with me (laughs). Their names are Seite, Fuego, Crystal and Edison.

For the single ladies out there, what do you look for in a partner?

I look for an independent woman that supports me 100 percent in this process. Oh, and she has to have plenty of attitude!