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Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee did more than anyone to establish reggaeton as a marketable music style during the early 21st century. Yankee's success was so phenomenal in the wake of his 2004 mainstream breakthrough, Barrio Fino -- and in particular the international hit single "Gasolina" -- that he transcended cultural boundaries and genre trappings. He became more than just a reggaetonero, having transformed himself into an international name brand by the time his 2007 follow-up album, El Cartel: The Big Boss, was released. Daddy Yankee's name, image, and music were used to sell soft drinks for Pepsi and footwear for Reebok, as well as a syndicated show for ABC Radio Networks (Daddy Yankee on Fuego) and a feature film for Paramount Pictures (Talento de Barrio). Daddy Yankee indeed had become a business empire, of which the primary asset -- his music -- remained independent from major-label control: he keenly operated his own independent label, El Cartel Records, and chose to partner with labels such as Interscope only for purposes of marketing and distribution. Although the business side of Daddy Yankee threatened to overshadow his music, Barrio Fino stands tall as the definitive reggaeton album of its time. Boasting a pair of fantastic hits, "Gasolina" and "Lo Que Pasó, Pasó," the album was a standard-bearer, influencing a legion of followers and establishing the production duo Luny Tunes as reggaeton's hottest hitmakers. Barrio Fino was also the first reggaeton album to reach number one on the Top Latin Album chart, a position it held for roughly a year's time while selling over a million copies in the United States alone.

Born Ramón Ayala (aka Raymond) on February 3, 1977, in Río Piedras, the largest district of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Daddy Yankee grew up in a musical family. His father was a bongosero (i.e., a salsa percussionist), his mother's family included numerous musicians, and he himself sang from an early age, with a knack for improvisation. As Daddy Yankee grew older, he took an interest in Spanish-language hip-hop, especially the socially aware raps of Vico C, and he became increasingly drawn into the street life of his neighborhood, the Villa Kennedy housing project in San Juan. The "Yankee" moniker arose from the Puerto Rican slang for "someone tall, who is big in what he does" (according to a 2005 interview with Billboard magazine); "Big Daddy" is thus the rough English translation of Daddy Yankee. He got into reggaeton just as it was taking shape in the early '90s, when San Juan DJs would spin hip-hop alongside dancehall reggae while vocalists would freestyle over the beats. This convergence of hip-hop, dancehall, and freestyling proved popular in San Juan, most notably at the Noise, a long-running club night that spawned a collective of DJs and rappers. Besides the Noise, the other key proprietor of proto-reggaeton was Playero, a mixtape DJ/producer with whom Daddy Yankee got his start, debuting as a featured guest on Playero 37 (1992). A few years later, at age 18, Daddy Yankee made his full-length album debut, No Mercy (1995), again working with Playero. Little came of No Mercy, however, and he continued to work the reggaeton underground for the remainder of the '90s. Toward the end the decade, he began performing alongside Nicky Jam as a duo and had one of his songs, "Posición," a collaboration with Alberto Stylee, featured on the 1998 One Tough Cop soundtrack.

Beginning in 2000, Daddy Yankee furthered his career significantly with independently released albums. El Cartel (2000) and El Cartel, Vol. 2 (2001) came first, each laden with featured guests in mixtape fashion; however, El (2002) was the one that really gave his career the boost it needed to break outside Puerto Rico. Driven by "Latigazo," a single that found airplay in Miami and New York, El climbed all the way to number 43 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart despite no major-label backing whatsoever (released instead by VI Music, a Puerto Rican indie). In the wake of this success, Daddy Yankee assembled Los Homerun-es (2003), a Top Ten album comprised of odds and ends, including a newly recorded hit single, "Segurosqui," as well as some old Playero tracks from a decade prior. Reggaeton was on the cusp of breaking big-time at this point; touchstone albums such as Don Omar's The Last Don (2003), Tego Calderón's El Abayarde (2003), and Luny Tunes' Mas Flow (2003) were making significant impacts in Miami and New York, in addition to Puerto Rico, and a wave of lesser albums were being released also. The stage was well set for Daddy Yankee's mainstream breakthrough, Barrio Fino (2004), which was released in July 2004 (by VI Music in conjunction with Universal Music Group Distribution) and debuted at number one on the Top Latin Albums chart. The first reggaeton album to reach the number one spot, Barrio Fino would dominate the top of the Latin albums chart for roughly a year's time, lodged there well into 2005. It sold over a million copies in the U.S. alone during this chart reign.

The long shelf life of Barrio Fino was partly on account of "Gasolina," a party-oriented single whose appeal was so phenomenal that the song itself became synonymous with reggaeton in the minds of many (and perhaps remains so), especially English-speakers who were unacquainted with the music style. The appeal of "Gasolina" was such that it's been compared to "Macarena," another Latin party song that broke through cultural boundaries to become a dance club staple internationally. It took "Gasolina" awhile to become a craze, several months after the release of Barrio Fino, in fact, yet by November 2004 it had broken into the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually made it all the way to number 32 a couple months later (a genuine Top 40 hit, albeit a novel one). On the Latin charts, though, "Gasolina" didn't even break the Top Ten, only reaching number 17. Rather, "Lo Que Pasó, Pasó" was the album's big hit on the Latin scene, charting at number two. Barrio Fino spawned a few other singles as well: "Sabor a Melao" (featuring salsa superstar Andy Montañez), "No Me Dejes Solo" (featuring Wisin & Yandel), and "Like You" (an English-language song). The success of the album was such that it catapulted Luny Tunes -- an industrious duo who'd produced half the album, and all the key hits -- to stardom of their own, as they became widely recognized as reggaeton undisputed go-to hitmakers. The success of the album also drew significant major-label attention. Machete Music, a Universal company specializing in Latin urban, signed a deal with Daddy Yankee to re-release Los Homerun-es in March 2005 (and later Barrio Fino in December 2006). Meanwhile, VI Music cashed in with Ahora le Toca al Cangri (2005), a live CD/DVD recorded in Puerto Rico in 2003.

In 2005, while the major labels were courting Daddy Yankee, the president of Interscope, Jimmy Iovine, whose roster includes Eminem, 50 Cent, and Dr. Dre, actually flew down to Puerto Rico to discuss business in person. A joint venture deal resulted between Interscope and Daddy Yankee's own label, El Cartel Records. The first release under this partnership was Barrio Fino en Directo (2005), a CD/DVD comprised of live in-concert and newly recorded material. "Rompe," one of the newly recorded songs, was issued as the lead single and charted even better than "Gasolina" had, reaching number 24 on the Hot 100. Moreover, it spent 15 weeks atop the Hot Latin Tracks chart. The Interscope deal was only one of many struck by Daddy Yankee at this point. He began lending his name, image, and music to everything from footwear (Reebok) and soft drinks (Pepsi) to automobiles (Citroën) and radio (ABC); he founded his own charity, Corazón Guerrero, to help ex-convicts; and he teamed with CMN (Cardenas Marketing Network, an event marketing and sponsorship agency) to mount an international tour throughout North, Central, and South America. All the while, he worked intermittently on his next album, El Cartel: The Big Boss (2007), a big-budget affair bringing together an ensemble cast of marquee-name collaborators, including pop-rap hitmakers, Akon, and Scott Storch. The buildup to the album was well planned and pervasive, with "Impacto" (and its bilingual remix featuring Fergie) released as the lead single well in advance of the eagerly anticipated June release date. Daddy Yankee then starred in a movie, Talento de Barrio, which broke attendance records in Puerto Rico and helped fuel sales of the film's soundtrack, which Daddy Yankee performed with a host of guests. His 2010 effort Mundial featured less hip-hop and pop, more Latin flavors, and the hit single "Descontrol." His sixth album Prestige followed in 2011, posting several singles high in the charts, including "Ven Conmigo" and "Lovumba."

In 2012, when El Cartel house producers Musicologo & Menes began issuing a series of collaboration albums titled Imperio Nazza, it was only natural that Yankee would appear at some point; he finally stepped up a year later with the King Daddy Edition. which also featured Divino, Yandel, Farruko, Arcángel, and J Alvarez. Its success sparked the planning of a second volume for 2015. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Selected Discography


Track List: Daddy Yankee Mundial

1. El Mejor De Todos Los Tiempos

2. Descontrol

3. Vida En La Noche

5. La Despedida

6. Que Es La Que Hay

10. Rumba Y Candela

11. Mintiendo Con La Verdad

12. Campeo A Mi Manera

13. Grito Mundial


Track List: Talento De Barrio

1. Talento Del Barrio

2. Pa-Kumpa!!

3. Temblor

4. Pose

5. Llamado De Emergencia

6. Oasis De Fantasia

7. Salgo Pa'la Calle

8. Que Tengo Que Hacer

9. Suelta

10. De La Paz Y De La Guerra

11. Pasion

12. Como Y Vete

13. K-Dela

14. Infinito

15. Somos De Calle


Track List: El Cartel: The Big Boss (Explicit)

1. Jefe

2. En Sus Marcas, Listos, Fuera

3. Cambio

4. Fuera De Control

5. Impacto

6. Ella Me Levanto

7. A Lo Clasico

8. Bring It On

9. Who's Your Daddy

10. El Celular

11. Ven Damelo

12. Papi Lover

13. Que Paso

14. Mensaje De Estado

15. Tension

16. Soy Lo Que Soy

17. Coraza Divina

18. Plane To Pr

19. Me Quedaria

20. Todos Quieren A Raymond


Track List: Barrio Fino


Track List: Barrio Fino En Directo

1. En Directo

2. King Daddy (En Directo)

3. Dale Caliente (En Directo)

4. El Empuje (En Directo)

5. Tu Principe - (Feat.Zion Y Lennox) (En Directo)

6. Santifica Tus Escapularios (En Directo)

7. Corazones (En Directo)

8. No Me Dejes Solo (En Directo)

9. Lo Que Paso, Paso (En Directo)

10. Gasolina (En Directo)

11. Rompe

12. Machucando

13. Gangsta Zone (Feat. Snoop Dogg)

14. Machete Reloaded (Feat. Paul Wall)

15. Como Dice Que Dijo (Skit)

16. El Truco


Track List: Descontrol (Radio Single)

1. Descontrol


Track List: Grito Mundial (Radio Single)

1. Grito Mundial


Track List: Impacto (Radio Single) (Explicit)

1. Impacto


Track List: King Daddy

1. Nada Ha Cambiao'

2. Mil Problemas

3. Calenton

4. La Nueva Y La Ex

5. Donde Es El Party

6. La Rompe Carros

7. Millonarios

8. Suena Boom

9. Una Respuesta

10. Dejala Caer

11. I'm The Boss


Track List: La Nueva Y La Ex (Single)

1. La Nueva Y La Ex


Track List: La Rompe Corazones (Single)


Track List: Lovumba (Single)

1. Lovumba


Track List: Ora Por Mi (Single)


Track List: Palabras Con Sentido (Single)

1. Palabras Con Sentido (Feat. Pinto)


Track List: Pasarela (Single)

1. Pasarela


Track List: Perros Salvajes (Trap Version) (Single)


Track List: Prestige

1. Perros Salvajes

2. Miss Show

3. Pon T Loca

4. El Amante

5. Pasarela

6. Po' Encima

7. La Noche De Los 2

8. Llegamos A La Disco

9. Switchea

10. Limbo

11. La Calle Moderna

12. After Party

13. La Maquina De Baile

14. Mas Que Un Amigo

15. Baby

16. Lovumba

17. Ven Conmigo

18. Lose Control

19. 6 De Enero


Track List: Sabado Rebelde (Damn Frog Trap Remix) (Single)


Track List: Shaky Shaky (Single)

1. Shaky Shaky


Track List: Sigueme Y Te Sigo (Single)

1. Sigueme Y Te Sigo


Track List: This Is Not A Love Song (Single)


Track List: Vaivén (Single)

1. Vaivén


Track List: Ven Conmigo (Radio Single)


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Amo todas tus temas. Mi favorito eres tu mi hermoso DY. The big boss . El jefe. King Daddy. El creador del GPS. Just love you 10,000,000,0 0 0 , 0 0 0 . Saludos y bedicones .
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When Michael Jackson died I got mad and I felt a pain go from side to side in my stomach. Then my mucus plug popped. I think I am in Labor but not 10 center meters. I really want my epidurell. It hurts and I feel like crying yes the tears fall.
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Baby I think I am pregnant. When we had sex the first time you said the condom broke and it was pink and white sperm. The doctor gave me prenatal pills
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I have precervical cancer and I had a biopsy and one surgery. I am a Virgin and I never had sex before.
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I got kicked out the library for arguing with some adult. I am only 34 years old.
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Aaliyah died in a air plane crash
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My favorite song right now is Marty Jay R song Named Take it all off. I used to live in Baltimore , Maryland but now I live in Prince Georges County Maryland near Oxon hill , Maryland. I cut my hair and have a close cut like you now. What is your Favorite Artist Daddy Yankee ?
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My song named murder was mainly dedicated to you but mentioned Chris Perez. The Lyric that was dedicated to you was a little omarion style with a hint of method man. Your clothes are nice daddy Yankee.
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I am a Huge Fan of yours Daddy Yankee. I don't drive , and I have 2 mental illnesses. I just wanted to say I admire you , you make me nervous , your music is OK , and I dedicated my CD album to you daddy Yankee. Yo amor you.
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I always wanted to go to a daddy Yankee concert in Miami and spend a whole day with you daddy Yankee. I am missing three things a Limozine , a Puerto Rican Flag , and a ticket to your concert. I have a Press Pass that has a Red Bull Logo. I read in a news paper that the free Facebook membership accounts are going to be closed .
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The only part I liked about my engagement to be married was when he got on one knee and asked me to marry him but this was years ago and we broke up this was 2001. Daddy Yankee enjoy your next concert in Washington , DC.
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I want a man who doesn't go to strip clubs. I want a man that is fiathfull to me and I want a man that is honest and I want a man who doesn't lie to me. I want a man who will never hurt me in anyway. I want a man that loves me that doesn't sell his dick and I want a man that does not take pics of their dick.
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I was never famous. I never had a modeling million dollar advance and I never had a million dollar advance for being a Actress.I was dating a guy years ago that I am still mad at for getting a Lap Dance from a Stripper when we were engaged to be married by common Law marriage. Then we broke up and ended our engagement to be married.
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I have done work in Hollywood but I have never signed to a major record deal and I never gotten a $1,000,000 million Dollar Advance.
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Of not off. I now write all of my songs. I go by the name temptn.
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The story for me as the music artist is I am unsigned and was unsigned for 4 years until I got a indie major record deal. My first song went number one on that I wrote all off that song. my third song I featured on Dp da Reapa CD and had 2 songs on Dp da Reapa CD that I co-wrote that went number 3 on the indie charts and number 6 on yahoo music.
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