Mona Scott-Young, the woman behind some of the biggest reality TV shows, is going to have one hell of a hip-hop history month in November. “We just celebrated Missy Elliott, a hip hop icon. She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, ”says Scott-Young. “It was a momentous occasion in the history of hip hop, long overdue and well deserved.”
The prolific producer also pays tribute to Music Director and Violator label co-founder Chris Lighty at the Universal Hip Hop Museum on November 23. “We want to celebrate Chris’s legacy and his presence in the hip hop community,” she says. from his fellow producer who died in 2012. “We just continue to raise awareness of what’s going on in hip hop right now and pay homage to the story of it all.”
We can’t forget that Scott-Young gave us a delicious glimpse into the personal and professional lives of our favorite hip-hop and R&B stars with his hit reality series. Love and hip-hop, which is still going strong 10 years after its series premiere. “We’ve seen this thing go from a thirty-minute, six-episode idea to a multi-city hit franchise with specials and spinoffs galore,” Scott-Young says. “What this has done not only for the talent that is on screen but for the production community as a whole, especially when you think of the Brown community that we are also working with on the show is great.”
Now Scott-Young is ready to start over, this time with a reggaeton beat. His latest docu-reality series, Everyone loves Natti, premiering on Prime Video on November 19. It follows the very public persona of Natti Natasha, a Dominican reggaeton superstar and leading female recording artist in Latin music, and for the first time reveals Natti’s very private personal life. “She’s got that personality, that thing that you can never put your finger on or predict,” says Scott-Young. “It’s a dynamic, irrepressible, charming, lovable and vulnerable transparency that I think people will fall in love with.”
Natti’s story is truly reality TV gold. “When I connected with her early on, I thought it would be very difficult to get her to open up and give something,” Scott-Young admits. But Natti was ready to reveal that she was romantically involved with her longtime manager Raphy Pina, founder of Pina Records. “I was like, it’s a bomb!” Scott-Young remembers, laughing. But that wasn’t the only nugget Natti wanted to drop. The singer also revealed that she is pregnant with the couple’s first child. “As a producer, these are the kind of life changing moments you can only hope for,” Scott-Young shares. “The journey she had taken – trying to get pregnant and going through in vitro – if she wanted to share a part of her life, now was the time to do it.” For Scott-Young, who wants to develop content for a larger and more diverse audience and put more brown faces on screen, this story “ended up being a very personal journey for one of the world’s biggest stars. … I could not have scripted if I had tried.
Taking another new path, Everyone loves Natti is a bilingual series. “When we got in there and they started communicating with Raphy, who only speaks a little English, Natti was going back and forth, half in English and in Spanish with him for interviews,” shares Scott-Young. “It wasn’t awkward. And you are still able to follow the story seamlessly.
Telling the stories of people from all corners of the earth is something Scott-Young wants to continue. “My team is invested in telling these stories. There is an obligation there for me to continue to convey stories, not only for an African-American audience, but for a Latin audience, for an Asian audience, ”she says. “It’s about building that bridge between communities, cultures and people. That’s what storytelling is for, and I’m committed to continuing to expand the audiences we reach out to and tell these stories.