Latin music moguls have consistently had a strong dominating presence throughout the Fast and the Furious franchise, whether musically or on the screen.
Reggaetóneros like Don Omar and Tego Calderón were part of Fast & Furious in 2009 and Fast Five in 2011, where they played two prison bandits who join Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel)’s squad. The pair even got their own short film titled Los Bandoleros, which served as a bridge between the fourth and fifth installations. Don Omar’s “Danza Kuduro” was also featured on the Fast Five soundtrack.
The bachata chart-topping singer Romeo Santos had a cameo as Armando in Furious 7 (2015). His character, who pretty much runs the Dominican Republic, is a good friend of Dom’s in the movie. “It’s ‘I got your back. Anything you need. I’m here for you,’ and vice versa. I can relate to that; that’s what I would do for friends on a personal level,” Santos told Billboard in a previous interview about his role.
Furthermore, the franchise continues to cater to its loyal Hispanic audience, which — according to The Hollywood Reporter — made up the majority of ticket buyers (37 percent) for Furious 7’s box-office debut, by featuring Latin acts on the movies’ soundtrack.
J Balvin & Pitbull, “Hey Ma” feat. Camila Cabello (The Fate of the Furious)
Prince Royce, “My Angel” (Furious 7)
Pitbull, “Blanco” feat. Pharrell (Fast and the Furious 4)
Tego Calderón & Don Omar, “Bandoleros” (Fast & Furious)
Don Omar, “Danza Kuduro” (Fast Five)Don Omar, “Danza Kuduro” (Fast Five)
J Balvin, “Ay Vamos” (Furious 7)