Anthony Ramos has needed to struggle towards being put into a box his whole profession.
Although the multi-hyphenate Hamilton alum struck gold with the launch of the movie adaptation of the musical In the Heights, an ebullient celebration of Latino tradition — in the case of his music, he is apparently not Latin sufficient. At the very least in the eyes and ears of the gatekeepers of the music industry.
Anthony Ramos at the “In the Heights” premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Competition. | Credit score: Roy Rochlin/WireImage
In a new episode of Face to Face with Becky G, Ramos, and host, singer Becky G, talk about the challenges he is confronted in the case of assembly, or somewhat defying, expectations together with his music.
“You make the record of your life. You’re like, ‘Yo, I cannot write a better group of songs than this,'” Ramos says. “And the steaming platform says, or somebody working at some company, is like, ‘But he’s Latin. Why he don’t make Latin music?’ And you’re like, ‘What?!’ Or, ‘If he did that, we would lean into him more.'”
Regardless of being informed by executives that if he “leaned this way more you’d be more marketable,” Ramos has decidedly gone his personal approach. In 2018, he launched The Freedom EP, impressed by the ramifications of the 2016 election, adopted by the studio albums The Good & the Unhealthy in 2019 and Love and Lies in 2021, which lean extra into pop, hip hop, and R&B.
“This is what I’m leaning into, this is what I’m doing,” Ramos insists. “This is coming from my heart, this is what’s pouring out from me when I step into the studio. So you want me to just write whatever is more marketable but you don’t want me to say what’s inside of me? Which is actually, probably what people want to feel and want to hear anyway.”
Anthony Ramos on Fb Reside’s “Face to Face with Becky G.” | Credit score: becky g/ fb watch
Frustratingly sufficient, Ramos confronted nearly the reverse criticism in his performing profession when he was informed to be extra “ethnically ambiguous” in order not to be put into the “Latino box.”
“Folks would say to me that if you grow your hair out and speak in American Standard, you can be more ethnically ambiguous; you won’t be in the ‘Latino box,'” Ramos revealed earlier this yr. “I thought that s— was a box, as opposed to being a superpower and just who I am.”
“I don’t want to be hired for being ambiguous,” he added. “I want to be hired for who the f— I am.”
That ethos has labored out properly for him, and he is passing it on to the subsequent era. For any up-and-coming Latinx creatives who would possibly face a few of the reductive pondering as he has over the years, Ramos advises to not be afraid of telling your individual story.
“Your story is unique and your story is amazing. Don’t be afraid to tell it,” Ramos tells Becky G. “Be proud of where you come from and who you are.”
Face to Face with Becky G with visitor Anthony Ramos premieres Dec. 28 at 9amPT / 12pmET on Facebook Watch.