Daddy Yankee is one of the most popular reggaeton musicians in the world. He was born in 1977 in Puerto Rico. Yankee’s real name is Ramón Rodríguez. When he was 17, Rodriguez married Mireddys González. The couple is still together. They have three children. In the world of music, people know Yankee as the king of reggaeton.
Daddy created his image based on the American gangster culture. Throughout his career, the artist earned numerous awards, including Lo Nuestro, MTV Video Music Awards, and a Grammy. In 2008, he appeared in the movie Talento de barrio, demonstrating excellent acting skills.
When he was young, Ramon Luis dreamed about becoming a professional baseball player. He was a truly good player, who made a huge effort to achieve his goals. When he was 17, the future singer injured his foot and had to forget about the sports career. At that time, the young man decided to devote himself to music. It became his passion.
In 1995, Daddy Yankee signed a contract with labels White Lion and BM Records. They helped the young artist release his first LP. No Mercy. While recording the album, Daddy imitated such popular rappers as Vico C, Tempo, DJ Nelson, and DJ Playero. With time, he moved away from traditional rap style and became the first reggaeton musician.
In the 1990s, Yankee helped record several underground mixtapes by DJ Playero. The Puerto Rican government didn’t approve them for aggressive lyrics. Later, the music world admitted that thanks to these two artists, the people discovered a new genre, reggaeton. The first time, the term was used when describing the music from DJ Playero’s album, Playero 36.