Nitty Scott, Bodega Bamz, and Joell Ortiz Talk Growing Up Latino in New York on Beats 1

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Latino hip-hop supergroup No Panty dropped by Ebro’s Beats 1 show to talk about the influences and impact of their new mixtape Westside Highway Story, working with Salaam Remi, growing up Latino, and the future of the game for Latino MCs.

Individually, Bodega Bamz, Joell Ortiz, and Nitty Scott all have loyal followings as respected members of the New York hip-hop scene, but when they got a call from Remi (known for crafting classics with The Fugees, Nas, Amy Winehouse, and countless others), they decided to form a collective that spoke to the enduring relevance of both the Latino and New York experiences. The trio talked about embodying the spirit of growing up in different pockets of the Big Apple, and how the city’s diversity influenced their upbringing. They also talked about what it’s like to live in a city undergoing yet another round of rapid gentrification and culture clashes.

Through their shared hunger, brilliant chemistry, and Remi’s limitless connections in the industry, No Panty were able to create a project that evokes the dog days of summer in NYC. Spoiler alert: this probably won’t be the last summer No Panty drops dimes on. Listen to the interview and then check out their live rooftop performance for Beats 1 below, the first for Beats 1’s Latino initiative. Stay tuned for more Latino artists coming to Beats 1 soon.