With worldwide hits such as Despacito and Mi Gente, there's no denying that the Latin urban scene is living its best years. But before artists such as J Balvin, Maluma, and Becky G made the rounds, there was a wave of reggaeton artists that were taking the early 2000s by storm. Among them was the Puerto Rican duo Hector & Tito—Hector "El Father" Delgado and Tito "El Bambino."
The duo is responsible for some of the biggest tracks in Latin music including Baila Morena and Felina. But in 2010, after years of concerts, music videos, and awards show, founding member Hector, decided to drop his fame and dedicate his life to the pursuit of faith. He's now bringing his story of turmoil, love, depression, and hope to the big screen to enlighten those who feel lost.
"I think this is the truth that will free many people from depression, from suicidal thoughts, from signing their divorce papers," Delgado told VIX of his documentary, Conoceras La Verdad (You Will Learn the Truth).
In it's first two opening weeks in Puerto Rico, over 200,000 people watched the movie, which includes testimonies from his former colleagues Daddy Yankee, Wisin, and others in the industry. "I'm grateful that they collaborated with me in the film and that they also watched it. I know that the seed that was planted that day will have its growth," he assured.
For Hector, who buried his past as an artist over eight years ago, it was challenging to get back in character and becoming "El Father." Despite having it all, he admitted he felt empty.
"I tried to take my own life more than 15 times," he fessed up, "having fame, having money, having a family, having it all." That's why he feels it's important that today's youth watches his movie to get the inspiration and motivation that they might be lacking in their lives. "There's something that only God can fill. Give yourself the opportunity," he says, "if he did it with me, he'll do it with you."
Conoceras la Verdad premieres April 6 at Regal Cinema Theaters in Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Philadelphia.
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