Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, better known as his stage name Daddy Yankee, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, and record producer. Daddy Yankee coined the word Reggaeton in 1994 to describe the new music genre that was emerging from Puerto Rico. Also, he’s appropriately known as the “King of Reggaetón” by music critics and fans alike, according to the New York Times.
Ayala has kept most of his personal life private, rarely speaking about it in interviews. Because those are the only aspect of his life that are not public and they’re like a “little treasure”. In 2006 he spoke about his relationship with his wife and children in an interview with María Celeste Arrarás in Al Rojo Vivo. He stated that his marriage is strong because he and his wife are “friends above anything”, adding that he has tried to ignore other temptations because “weakness is the reason for the downfall of several artists.” His first daughter was born when he was seventeen years old, which he has described as confusing at first, adding that raising a daughter at that age was a hard experience.
Moreover, in 1997, Daddy Yankee collaborated with Nas. He’s an inspiration for Ayala, in the song “The Profecy”, for the album Boricua Guerrero. In 2000, he formed “Los Cangris” with fellow artist Nicky Jam and released several successful singles together. In 2005, he won several international awards, making him one of the most recognized reggaeton artists within the music industry. On April 30, 2006, He’s named one of the 100 most influential people by Time, which cited the 2 million copies of Barrio Fino sold, Ayala’s $20 million contract with Interscope Records, and his Pepsi endorsement. El Cartel: The Big Boss released by Interscope on June 5, 2007. The single, “Grito Mundial”, released on October 8, 2009, in order to promote his ninth album, Mundial.
In addition, on October 29, 2013, Daddy Yankee released a mixtape entitled “King Daddy”, produced by Los De La Nazza. Then in 2017, in collaboration with Latin pop singer Luis Fonsi, released the hit single “Despacito”. It became the first Spanish-language song to hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since “Macarena” in 1996. In early 2018, he released his first latin trap singles with the song “Hielo”, and on the single “Vuelve” who he collaborated with Bad Bunny. Lastly, in August 2018, he collaborated with Janet Jackson on her return to music on the song “Made For Now”.