Daddy Yankee

Puerto Rican rapper (born 1976)

Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez[a] (born February 3, 1976),[2][8][9] known professionally as Daddy Yankee, is a Puerto Rican rapper and singer. Ayala is famous for making songs in both English and Spanish, but Spanish is used more than English.

Daddy Yankee
Daddy Yankee in 2015
Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez[1]

(1976-02-03) February 3, 1976 (age 48)[2]
Other names
  • The Big Boss[3]
  • El Cangri (The Chief)[4]
  • Winchester[5]
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active1992–present
Notable workDiscography
Mireddys González
(m. 1995)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
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During his childhood, Ramón grew up with the influence of his family musician, including those of his father and some members of his mother's family. At twelve, he began singing songs inspired by reggae and hip-hop.

Ramón wanted to become a professional baseball player, he will have to give up this goal after being shot in a neighborhood brawl when he was seventeen. He received two balls of AK-47, one touched his arm and the other touched him on the level of the right thigh, where he was wounded for life. After this incident, he will take a closer look at the underground rap movement, which was nascent at the time.



He began his career flirting with hip-hop and with Latin rhythms like dancehall, but we can say that his greatest hits will come when he begins to perform and produce his Latin hip-hop songs. He will be one of the first artists to perform internationally in reggaeton music.

Ramón invested in the world of reggaeton for thirteen years before experiencing success. He first recorded with DJ Playero, of which he is the featured artist in a production called Playero 37, which will be released in 1992. He has also partnered with artists such as Laurena Snoop Dogg, Nicky Jam, Pitbull, Mey Vidal , DJ Blass, Eric DJ, Eliel, Nas, Tony Touch or members of the G-Unit, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck.

His album Barrio Fino is an essential music to the style: it comes from the deepest of his roots of his life but also his personal experience, in the neighborhoods or residential areas of Puerto Rico. The first excerpts from this album are titled Gasolina, King Daddy and No me dejes solo featuring Wisin y Yandel.

Daddy Yankee

His song, Impacto, released on the album El Cartel: The Big Boss of 2007, appears in the San Juan Sounds radio station's playlist of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned games.

In the Grand Theft Auto IV video game, Daddy Yankee lends his voice to the San Juan Sounds station where he acts as a DJ of the reggaeton radio station; the song "Impacto" also appears. This is an open-world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North.

Daddy Yankee's latest off-music project was the release of his Trilogy game, a 3D video game based on Tower Defense games. The game was successfully presented at the New York Comic Con and the 3D action video game impressed young and old alike. It was released on November 29, 2013 and also includes Ayala songs such as "Gasolina" and "Limbo".

In 2017, Daddy Yankee forms an amazing duet with Despacito in collaboration with Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, who is a hit in the world.

As an actor he also plays in American movies and series of commemoration Love, Glory and Beauty.

On April 28, 2016, Daddy Yankee received the Industry Leader Award at the 2016 Latin Billboard Awards.

After a long feud with Don Omar for ten years for the title "King of Reggaeton", Daddy Yankee and Don Omar announced in early 2016 at a press conference that they would perform together on stage in a series of concerts entitled The Kingdom World Tour. The announcement of the tour left many fans in disbelief because it sold in minutes in major cities like Las Vegas, Orlando, Los Angeles, New York. The concerts were structured like a boxing match, where the two artists were able to exchange musical tours, and fans voted for their winner in each city via an application designed for the event. "Two kings, one throne," said Pina Records founder Rafael Pina, who had a well-established relationship with both artists and who also came up with the concept of the tour. Speaking of the tour and his rivalry with Daddy Yankee, Don Omar said, "Let me clarify: I'm not his best friend, and he's not my best friend, but we respect each other. 'to be the best is what drove us to be better'.



In 2017, Daddy Yankee, in collaboration with Latin pop singer Luis Fonsi, released the single "Despacito". It became the first Spanish-language song to reach number 1 of the Billboard Hot 100 since the song "Macarena" in 1996. The single has been a worldwide success. The official video of "Despacito" on YouTube was seen the billion times on April 20, 2017 after 97 days, becoming the second fastest video of the site to reach the milestone behind "Hello" Adele. His success led Daddy Yankee to become the most-watched artist in the world on the Spotify streaming service in June 2017, being the first Latin artist to do so.

In 2017, Daddy Yankee donated $100,000 to the Puerto Rico Food Bank following the damage caused by Hurricane Maria. The money provided food for about 9,000 families on the island.

Since October 2017. Barrio Fino and Barrio Fino on Directo have been the seventh and thirteenth best-selling Latin albums in the United States. During his career, 63 songs by Daddy Yankees found themselves in the Hot Latin Songs chart, including 24 in the top 10 and 5 in the first place. Daddy Yankee is the ninth musician with the most singles on Hot Latin Songs. Billboard hot 100 list contains 10 songs of musicians.

In August 2018, Daddy Yankee participates in the Janet Jackson video, Made for Now. That same year, Daddy Yankee received an Icon Award at the Latin American Music Awards, and in October 2018, he received the YouTube Creators' Trophy for having more than ten million subscribers on his YouTube channel.

The song Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, has been inducted into the Guinness World Records 2019 edition for achieving seven milestones, while Daddy Yankee has been recognized for three other records.

In February 2021, Daddy Yankee released the single #Problema.

In April 2021, Daddy Yankee released the single El Pony.

In September 2021, Daddy Yankee released the single Métele All Perreo.

Achievements and recognitions


In February 2019, Daddy Yankee won a Lo Nuestro 2019 award for all of his works (Lifetime Achievement Award).

On April 17, 2019, the singer announces that a remix of his hit Con Calma will be released soon featuring with American singer Katy Perry. It is by posting a video on his account Instagram, listening to the remix, that he confirms the rumors. The two artists then followed each other on the social networks and began to make interactions announcing their collaboration.

On July 8, 2019, Daddy Yankee presents the HR Derby Champ Medallion Presentation to Pete Alonso after the MLB HR Derby victory.

In November 2019, Daddy Yankee inaugurated a reggaeton museum in Puerto Rico, the first of its kind.



Studio albums


Unreleased Albums And Songs



  • La Via (Daddy Yankee feat. Vico C) (Prod DJ Playero)
  • Isla De Entender (Daddy Yankee feat. Mexicano 777) (Prod Daddy Yankee, DJ Playero)


  • Me Hago Entender (Nicky Jam feat. Daddy Yankee) (Prod Luny Tunes) (Vida Escante)
  • The Money Makers (Daddy Yankee feat. Don Omar) (Prod Luny Tunes) (Barrio Fino)
  • Sabor A Melao Official Remix (Daddy Yankee feat. Andy Montañez, Nicky Jam, Julio Voltio, La India) (Prod DJ Nelson, Monserrate & DJ Urba)
  • El Empuje (Daddy Yankee feat. Jerry Rivera) (Prod Luny Tunes) (Barrio Fino)
  • 12 Discipulos Second Version (Eddie Dee feat. Gallego, Vico C, Tego Calderón, Tito El Bambino, Zion, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Johnny Prez, Nicky Jam, Wiso G, Lennox) (Prod Majestic)


  • Mayor Que Yo 96.5 Radio Remix (Baby Ranks feat. Tony Tun Tun, Wisin & Yandel, Daddy Yankee, Ivy Queen) (Prod Luny Tunes) (Mas Flow 2.5)
  • Cambia De Piel (Daddy Yankee feat. Guelo Star, Wisin & Yandel & Alexis & Fido) (Prod Baby Ranks, Nely El Arma Secreta) (Mas Flow 2)
  • Sola (Daddy Yankee feat. Marc Anthony) (Prod Sergio George, Daddy Yankee)
  • Me Andan Buscando (Daddy Yankee feat. Zion & Lennox) (Prod Monserrate & DJ Urba)


  • Noche De Entierro Salsa Version (Tony Tun Tun feat. Marc Anthony, Wisin & Yandel, Hector El Father, Daddy Yankee & Zion) (Prod Luny Tunes, Tainy, Doble A & Nales)
  • Cogen El Paso (Daddy Yankee feat. Franco El Gorila, De La Ghetto & Arcángel) (Prod Nely El Arma Secreta)
  • Ahora Si (Daddy Yankee feat. Calle 13 & Lil Wayne) (Prod ile, Visitante, Luny Tunes)


  • Quieren Joder (Daddy Yankee feat. Jowell & Randy) (Prod Luny Tunes, Daddy Yankee) (El Cartel 3: The Big Boss)
  • Mi Mente (Daddy Yankee) (Prod Tainy, Dr. Dre) (El Cartel 3: The Big Boss)
  • Corazones 2007 (Daddy Yankee feat. Eminem) (Prod Monserrate & DJ Urba) (El Cartel 3: The Big Boss)
  • Papi Lover Official Remix (Daddy Yankee feat. Nicole Scherzinger, 50 Cent & Justin Timberlake) (Prod Echo & Diesel, Just Blaze, Dr. Dre) (El Cartel 3: The Big Boss)
  • Estamos Viviendo (Daddy Yankee feat. Ricky Martin) (Prod, Scott Storch) (El Cartel 3: The Big Boss)


  • Pura Historia (Daddy Yankee feat. Yaga & Mackie, Arcángel & Poeta Callejero) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)
  • Invasion (Daddy Yankee feat. Tony Dize, Cosculluela, Wisin & Yandel, J-King & Maximan, De La Ghetto, Vico C & Jadiel) (Prod Echo & Diesel)
  • Cantando Con Alegría (Daddy Yankee feat. Jerry Rivera) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)
  • Para Mi Ponce (Daddy Yankee feat. Wisin & Yandel, Guelo Star, Alexis & Fido & La India) (Prod Luny Tunes, Tainy)


  • Echale Pique Official Remix 2 (Daddy Yankee feat. Plan B, Jaidel, Fido, Arcángel, Wisin & Yandel, Guelo Star, Zion, Ivy Queen & Yaviah) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)
  • Grito Mundial Official Remix (Daddy Yankee feat. De La Ghetto) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)
  • El Ritmo No Perdona Official Remix (Daddy Yankee feat. Alexis & Fido & Yandel) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)


  • Mi Lady Official Remix (Dyland & Lenny feat. Daddy Yankee) (Prod Mambo Kingz)
  • Tu Cama (Daddy Yankee feat. Ñengo Flow) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)
  • Baby Latino Remix (Justin Bieber feat. Daddy Yankee) (Prod Tricky Stewart, The-Dream)
  • Siempre Me Pide (Daddy Yankee feat. Tempo) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)
  • Reggaeton (Daddy Yankee feat. Alberto Stylee & Tempo) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)
  • Baby Mash-Up (Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris, Sean Paul, Elephant Man & Daddy Yankee) (Prod Tricky Stewart, The-Dream)
  • Ella Me Conviene (Daddy Yankee feat. Zion & Lennox) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)


  • Aprovecha Official Remix (Nova & Jory feat. Daddy Yankee, Farruko & Jadiel) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)
  • Give Me Everything Official Remix (Pitbull, Ne-Yo & AFROJACK feat. Daddy Yankee, Wisin & Jory Boy) (Prod AFROJACK) (Planet Pit Deluxe Edition)
  • Cuando Quiere (Daddy Yankee feat. RKM & Ken-Y) (Prod Luny Tunes)
  • Llegamos A La Disco Official Remix (Daddy Yankee feat. De La Ghetto, Ivy Queen, Arcángel, Zion, Baby Rasta & Gringo, Jadiel & Kendo Kaponi) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)


  • Pasarela Official Remix (Daddy Yankee feat. Elvis Crespo) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)


  • Millonario (Daddy Yankee feat. Jory Boy, Plan B & Wisin) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)


  • Ya Le Veo (Daddy Yankee feat. J Álvarez, Tito El Bambino & Jory Boy) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)
  • El Combo Me Llama 1.2 (Benny Benni & Pusho feat. Daddy Yankee, D.OZi, Farruko & Plan B) (Prod Segui, Musicólogo & Menes)
  • Me Vuelve Loco (Daddy Yankee feat. Chencho, Cosculluela & Yandel) (Prod Musicólogo & Menes)


  • Sígueme Y Te Sigo Official Remix (Daddy Yankee feat. Chencho, Demi Lovato & Carlos Vives) (Prod Gaby Music)


  • Me Cansé (Daddy Yankee feat. Bad Bunny) (Prod Chris Jedi, Gaby Music)
  • Me Llamas Official Remix (Mark B feat. Amenazzy, Arcángel, Bad Bunny, De La Ghetto, Daddy Yankee & Nicky Jam) (Prod DJ Luian, Chris Jedi, Gaby Music)


  • Tiene Algo (Daddy Yankee feat. Mark B, Noriel & Almighty) (Prod DJ Urba & Rome)
  • Bebe Yo Se (Daddy Yankee feat. Brytiago, Ñengo Flow & Anuel AA) (Prod DJ Urba & Rome)
  • Diles (Daddy Yankee feat. Bryant Myers, Plan B, Anuel AA & Noriel) (Prod DJ Urba & Rome)
  • Hola (Daddy Yankee feat. Sech, Noriel, Lenny Tavarez, Bad Bunny & Brytiago) (Prod DJ Urba & Rome


  • Chantaje Official Remix (Shakira & Maluma feat. Daddy Yankee, Carlos Vives & Yandel) (Prod The RudeBoyz)
  • Dura Canadian Remix (Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber) (Prod DJ Urba & Rome)
  • Vuelve Reggaeton Version (Daddy Yankee feat. Bad Bunny) (Prod DJ Luian, Mambo Kingz)
  • Vuelve Salsa Version (Daddy Yankee feat. Gilberto Santa Rosa) (Prod DJ Luian, Mambo Kingz)


  • Amor Tóxico (DJ Snake feat. Daddy Yankee, Becky G & Noriel) (Prod DJ Snake)
  • Con Calma Official Remix 2 (Daddy Yankee feat. Noriel, Bad Bunny & Lunay) (Prod Play-N-Skillz)
  • Con Calma Official Remix 3 (Daddy Yankee feat. Brytiago, Karol G & Residente) (Prod Play-N-Skillz)


  • Tírate (Daddy Yankee feat. Almighty) (Prod Play-N-Skillz)


  • Mi Hija (Daddy Yankee feat. Pusho, Brray & Ricky Martin) (Prod Dímelo Flow, Play-N-Skillz)


  • Para Mí (Daddy Yankee feat. Dei V) (Prod Gaby Music) (Legendaddy)
  • Pump It Up (Daddy Yankee feat. Duki) (Prod Bizarrap, Alex Killer) (Legendaddy)


  • Agua Official Remix (Daddy Yankee, Rauw Alejandro & Mile Rodgers feat. Lit Killah, Trueno & Arcángel) (Prod Scott Summer, Play-N-Skillz)

  1. In this article, the first or paternal surname is Ayala and the second or maternal family name is Rodríguez.


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Daddy Yankee on Instagram". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2021-12-23. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
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  5. Domínguez, Tony (September 1, 2018). "15 Reggaeton & Hip-Hop Collaborations You Probably Forgot About". Remezcla.
  6. Daddy Yankee (March 20, 2020). "Una reina cree en ti, no te desanima. Una reina es leal, no piensa en traición. Una reina es como el ajedrez, siempre protege a su rey. Una reina como la que Dios me regaló no la cambió por nada en el mundo. Hoy esta reina y yo cumplimos #25 años de casados. Quizás mis fans me conozcan por ser el mejor pero yo soy fan de ella y te puedo dar fe, que ella es la mejor. En estos tiempos difíciles, sigo contagiado con su Amor y ella es mi corona!". Archived from the original on 2021-12-23. Retrieved April 17, 2020 – via Instagram.
  7. "Daddy Yankee | Biography, Albums, Streaming Links". AllMusic. Archived from the original on April 16, 2020. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  8. Meganoticias (October 6, 2020). "[VIDEO] La hija de Daddy Yankee eclipsa a su papá bailando reguetón". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on January 11, 2021. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  9. "Yankee cumple 45 y así lo mimó su esposa". ADN Cuba (in Spanish). Archived from the original on February 3, 2021. Retrieved February 3, 2021.

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