Nicky Jam is greater than only a reggaeton star — he is a multi-faceted artist.
Talking to PEOPLE about his new movie cope with Westbrook Studios on the motion comedy Regulators — the place the Dominican-Puerto Rican star is about to play the lead function — he additionally opened up about his legendary profession and why his ventures outdoors of music are the best transfer.
Although Jam, 41, has starred in movies like Unhealthy Boys For Life and voiced a cartoon in Tom and Jerry, this deal is a significant step for the “El Amante” singer.
“It is one thing actually huge for the tradition, one thing actually huge for Latinos and one thing actually huge for my model,” says the singer, whose actual identify is Nick Rivera Caminero. “The one factor I wish to do is encourage folks.”
Among the many movie’s producers is Will Smith, whom Jam beforehand labored with on Unhealthy Boys and admires deeply.
“He is so skilled, so disciplined, so decided. The whole lot he touches is golden. I see myself in him. And each time we discuss, I be taught one thing new about him,” the “X” singer says.
He additionally feels good figuring out the 54-year-old actor believes in him sufficient to tackle a lead function: “He is aware of I am a clown. He is seen me. And he is a clown too. Clowns know clowns. So he is aware of I am actually good with all this humorous stuff within the film. I can not discuss an excessive amount of about it, nevertheless it goes with that action-comedy kind of vibe. And I feel I am the best one.”
Although Jam was one of many first to interrupt via with reggaeton within the ’90s, he says that starring in motion pictures was at all times a part of the plan.
“Motion pictures is one thing that I appreciated since I used to be a bit of child. Once I was at school, I used to do theater. I did Winnie the Pooh and all that once I was a child. So I am ready. Winnie the Pooh ready me. It is one thing that I at all times appreciated and I’ve at all times had that charism.”
“However the actuality of all the things is that I simply really feel that it is for me. And if you’re an artist, you an artist in so many means, in so many branches,” he provides, noting that stars like Smith and Queen Latifah encourage him for his or her capability to change from rap careers to onscreen actors.
However don’t fret followers, he is nonetheless coming in scorching with new music: “I am popping out with a brand new album. I do not know the identify but as a result of I wish to end the album after which… I simply wish to work with the entire undertaking and see the place it takes me. I’ve so many issues happening proper now.”
Earlier this month, he earned two Latin Grammy nominations underneath the city track and reggaeton efficiency classes. The award present is about to happen on Nov. 17 in Las Vegas.
On the award present, the star will formally announce his scholarship — which can be named after him — for one scholar on the Berklee Faculty of Faculty and Music for $250,000. For Jam, giving again is all the things.
“I am from Boston. And clearly, I got here from nothing, and music saved my life. Music saved my life,” he says. I might love to vary someone’s life with a scholarship to go to Berklee for music. I do know what music may do for you. I do know what music has carried out for me.”
“There’s loads of youngsters within the streets in the present day that most likely do not see the chances or see it too troublesome, it is too laborious. They usually most likely want that assist. I used to be one which wanted it,” he says. “I hustled my means there, however we will most likely discover the subsequent Beethoven or the subsequent Unhealthy Bunny, one of the best subsequent Nicky Jam, the subsequent… who is aware of? And that is what I wish to do. That is a part of my legacy.”