Who is Daddy Yankee?
Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez was born on 3 February 1977, in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, and under his stage name Daddy Yankee, is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and rapper, best known for being the King of Reggaeton as dubbed by critics as well as fans. He’s won around 82 awards over the course of his career, including five Latin Grammy Awards and 14 Billboard Latin Music Awards. He is also a Puerto Rican Walk of Fame Star.
The Riches of Daddy Yankee
How rich is Daddy Yankee? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is at $30 million, earned through a successful career in the music industry. He is considered one of the most influential Hispanic artists of modern times, and as he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Daddy originally intended to pursue a career in professional baseball, and was only recording music as a hobby. However, after he was shot in his leg, he decided to pursue a career in music as the bullet was never removed, hindering all chances of a professional sports career. In 1991, he participated in the mixtape “Playero 34”, leading to his first official studio project entitled “No Mercy”, released in 1995 – he initially emulated other artists such as Vico C.
Eventually, he took elements from artists he liked, and developed an original style which made him the first to perform reggaeton music. Throughout the 1990s, most of his projects were banned by the Puerto Rican government, objecting to explicit lyrics. He is credited for inventing the name Reggaeton on the album “Playero 36”. His next project would be a collaboration with the rapper Nas, for several compilation albums which found success in Puerto Rico.
Rise in the Industry
Over the next few years, Yankee focused on making music videos, and formed an unofficial duo with Nicky Jam, releasing several singles together. He then released his first album entitled “El Cangri.com” which found international success, as well as in various markets in the US, and in 2003 he created the compilation album “Los Homerun-es” which contained his first charting single. During the same year, he started collaborating with Luny Tunes on the album “Mas Flow”, which produced the commercially successful song “Cogela Que Va Sin Jockey”.
After the release of his next album entitled “Barrio Fino” in 2004, he won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Music Album. The album contained the hit single “Gasolina” which received a lot of airtime internationally, and was also noted for including music from other genres. The success of this album led him to try his hand at other combinations of reggaeton, and he started touring various countries as well. Around the same time, he was featured in the single “Oye Mi Canto” which reached 12th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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King of Reggaeton
In 2005, Daddy was considered one of the most recognized reggaeton artists within the music industry, and he continued to win awards, the success of his albums leading to promotional contracts with companies such as Pepsi. The following year he was named as one of the 100 most influential people of all time, and secured a $20 million contract with Interscope Records. He released his next album in 2007 entitled “El Cartel: The Big Boss”, which saw him return to his hip hop roots, and he continued to perform internationally and release compilation albums. The following year, he did voice work for the video game “Grand Theft Auto IV”, in which he played the DJ of Radio San Juan Sounds.
He then worked on a film soundtrack album entitled “Talento De Barrio”, which was certified as a multiple platinum album by the RIAA. After several other projects, he began working on his ninth album – Mundial” – and released several singles to promote the album before its release. In 2012 he released his next album – “Prestige” – set to be released at an earlier date, however, a hurricane led to the record studio losing half the album content. Despite that, the album contained numerous charting songs, and the album itself reached 39th spot on the Billboard 200.
Recent Projects – Despacito
In 2013, Yankee released the mixtape “King Daddy” which contained a few hit singles, and went on tour shortly afterwards, becoming the first Latin artist to reach the top five of the box office rankings just beneath The Rolling Stones. Three years later, he was given the Industry Leader Award during the Latin Billboard Awards, and then started performing with Don Omar despite their longtime rivalry.
In 2017, he collaborated with pop singer Luis Fonsi for the hit single “Despacito”, which became the first Spanish language song to hit the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 since 1996’s “Macarena”. The single gained global success, and reached one billion views quickly on YouTube, making it the second fastest video to achieve the feat below Adele’s “Hello”, so he also became the most listened to artist worldwide on Spotify during the same year. A few of his most recent projects include the Latin trap songs “Hielo” and “Vuelve”, plus he collaborated with Janet Jackson during her return to the music industry with the song “Made For Now”.
For his personal life, it is known that Daddy Yankee is married and has children, but he rarely speaks about this aspect of his life in interviews, as he says that he wants a little treasure, as most of his life is out there in public. He did mention that his marriage is strong because of his relationship with wife, and ignores temptations at it is the reason for the downfall of many artists. He also mentioned that he had his first daughter when he was 17 years old, and it was difficult to raise her at that age.