As urban artists like Bad Bunny and Karol G break records on streaming platforms, the world is beginning to look at urban culture in Latin America in a new light. And there is no better way to break myths than by tracing history.
Timely, MTV Entertainment Studios has greenlit creator and host Nick Barili’s docuseries “De La Calle” in partnership with Zero Point Zero Productions, a project that aims to map the evolution of our community’s urban music and cultures.
As reported by Deadline, “De La Calle” will explore the Hip Hop and Reggaeton music revolution from its roots, telling the story of bachata, Latin trap, cumbia, and other sounds that “are influencing music and culture around the world.”
Featured artists include Ivy Queen, Residente, Snow Tha Product, Nicky Jam, Youtel of Orishas, Goyo of Chocquibtown, Sech, Arcangel, Renato, Dimelo Flow, Vico C, El Aleman, and Duki.
“Through music, I want to explore the heartbeat of Latin and Hispanic culture and the vast diaspora that entails,” Barili tells Deadline in an exclusive statement. “What connects us? What makes us different? De La Calle takes us to the streets to document the creativity, beauty, dignity, vulnerability, and strength to persevere through the struggle. I want to show the humanity behind our superstars and the seeds and movements that birth them. There is so much more to our communities than the negative stereotypes I see when I turn on my TV. What better way to tell our stories than through the power of music?”
“De La Calle” will be executive produced by Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Craig H. Shepherd for Zero Point Zero Production, and Bruce Gillmer, Amanda Culkowski, and Jennifer Demme for MTV Entertainment Studios. Barili for Hard Knock TV and Picky Talarico will also serve as executive producers.
The documentary is based on the idea of uniting U.S. urban Latin music with that of Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Spain, and beyond, so the program will air in English and Spanish, according to HOLA.