In his first-ever release as Benito Martínez, Bad Bunny has teamed up with the Puerto Rican trio Los Rivera Destino for a special Father’s Day track titled “Flor.”
Directed by Claudia Calderón, the new video sees the Latin trap star in a wholesome new light. Sporting matching red tuxedos, Martínez joins balladeers Carlos Figueroa, Fernando Tarrazo and Antonio “Tony” Sánchez in a saccharine, barbershop quartet routine. Martinez first got in touch with the trio via Instagram, after their 2018, bolero-style cover of “Te Boté (Remix)” went viral; according to the band, it was Martínez who proposed the new collaboration, and in the same traditional style.
“‘Flor,’ as the song says, is a dream come true,” write Los Rivera Destino to Rolling Stone. “[It] started cooking from the first moment we went out to lunch with Benito. Using the phrase ‘de una flor a una flor’ — from a flower to a flower — we were looking for a way to add a sensitivity to children’s relationship with fathers. We want to celebrate fatherhood from an honest point of view and with a floral symbol that is usually related to mothers.”
Co-produced by Los Rivera Destino and iLe/Calle 13 producer Ismael Cancel, the track recalls the old school stylings of Puerto Rican legends like Cheo Feliciano and Joe Cuba, with the occasional, cheeky aside. “I’m just a reaction of an ejaculation that you released one day,” sing the gents, “And that’s why from a flower to a flower /I thank you for life.”
“We aim to challenge stereotypes of the definition of fatherhood,” continue the band. “This song highlights all the types of father figures out there — celebrating all of those people who occupy this role in a child’s life.”