Nicky Jam and J. Balvin are steadily making history and breaking glass ceilings by infiltrating the mainstream market with their original Latin sound. The reggaeton duo performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (Aug. 1).
Sporting an emerald green leather jacket paired with a black ensemble underneath, Balvin hit the stage first to perform his hit song, “Mi Gente.” Nicky joined in on the fun as the two sang a rendition of “X.” The show was so entertaining that Jimmy made a brief cameo on stage to dance with them.
There’s no denying the influence Balvin and Nicky have had on the revivial of reggaeton music and making a name for Latin music on a global scale. When asked about the challenges they’ve faced in their movement for global success in 2017 by Billboard, Balvin said,“Erasing the stereotype that Latin acts don’t have the international scope to conquer global music markets. And by “international,” I mean that the people who went to see Nicky in Israel this month aren’t Latin — they’re Israeli,” he explained.
“We’ve been breaking the barriers for a while, thanks to what other Latins have done in film and music. Nicky and I are lucky to live at a very key time when social media doesn’t lie, and that has been a blessing. As Latinos, we are many, and our geography is gigantic,” he continued.
Watch their performance below.