Daddy Yankee says goodbye to stages, is there a successor?

For years, reggaeton and urban music had a sovereign on stage, Daddy Yankee. The rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, broadcaster and businessman gave his last concert this year on December 23, in Miami. The last show is scheduled to take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, his hometown.

Daddy Yankee’s real name is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez. He sold more than 30 million albums around the world and won multiple Latin Grammys in different categories.

However, her dream was not always to be a singer or to be in the musical field. On the Spanish television program El Hormiguero, he told that he was excited to succeed in baseball.

The newspaper Marca highlights that Ramón Luis Ayala’s childhood and adolescence were not easy stages while he grew up in a dangerous neighborhood in the capital of Puerto Rico. His sporting dream was interrupted by a shot he received in the hip from a stray bullet. Fortunately, the wound was treated in time thanks to a neighbor who came to help him.


Musician Daddy Yankee was born on February 3, 1977 and raised in the Las Lomas and Villa Kennedy neighborhoods of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

When talking about his beginnings, the Rompe interpreter told Telemundo in September of last year: “I had no other options. He had a daughter, so I thought, ‘I have to sing, otherwise how am I going to support this kid?’ The problem was that he was launching a career in a genre that didn’t exist yet. It was reggae and it was rap, but it wasn’t reggaeton.”

“We started singing at the patron saint festivities in the housing projects. We had no support or marketing and were always the hit of the party. It was then that I realized that we had something powerful in our hands”, added who later became known as the “King of Reggaeton”.

His musical career began in 1994 and in 1995 he released his first album titled No Mercy. In 1998 he formed the duo Los Cangris with fellow artist and friend of his, Nicky Jam. In 2004 and already alone, he released the album Barrio Fino, which catapulted him to fame and was the recipient of the Latin Grammy and Billboard awards for the first time in his career. For music history, it’s the first reggaeton album to reach that spot, and it stayed there for 24 weeks, becoming the best Latin album of the 2000s.

On that album is the song Gasolina, key to his future. She reported to Telemundo in September: “The verse was so simple and easy to remember.” The topic came up listening to the sounds of the streets in his old apartment that he shared with his wife and his three children in Villa Kennedy, a housing project in San Juan.

Another milestone for the reggaetonero happened in 2019 when with Despacito he reached the milestone of becoming the video with the most views in the history of YouTube. This song in collaboration with Luis Fonsi.

In addition, in the world of music he left his successes: What happened happened, Ella me raised, Emergency call, Shaki shaki… among others. Thus, for more than three decades she took her music to various stages; In Bolivia she appeared in 2009, 2018 and also at her farewell.

The farewell

Daddy Yankee’s farewell show is titled La Última Vuelta. He went through different stages of the world and was also in Bolivia. It was presented on September 23 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and more than 40,000 people attended the international event.

The artist thanked his fans with the phrase: “I say goodbye, but my music remains in your hearts. And if you see me here again, it will be like Ramón Ayala, thank you very much, I love you very much, Bolivia”.

Daddy Yankee is a grateful person. On his Instagram he posted the following message for his wife Mireddys González: “For you, my faithful companion. Thank you for your love and understanding that covered all my faults. Thank you for being my best friend in my falls. Without your encouragement, I would not have gotten up. Thank you for faithfully waiting for me when I had to travel to find bread for all of us. Thank you for being my best ally in all the steps we took together.” The message is accompanied by photographs and videos of the moments they lived on the artist’s farewell tour.

This reggaeton phrase was widely applauded on social networks. His public showed that he appreciates him on stage and also as a person.

The musician’s Last Vuelta was a success. He visited 45 cities, performed 85 concerts and sold more than two million tickets, according to his production company Cartel Records. He said goodbye in 2023 at the FTX Arena in Miami (United States).

The successor?

The king of urban music is about to leave his crown on stage. From now on, in the world of reggaeton, there is a slight void…, although there are several suitors to take over, such as Ozuna, Maluma, Anuel AA, Rauw and Bad Bunny, among others. It is the Bad Bunny (Bad Bunny) one of those who has more options to assume the musical throne.

In November, Daddy Yankee referred to his successor. He told the Alofoke website: “Ugh, I don’t dare to tell you who it is or who it is not, I let people decide that, I can’t tell you who it is. Bad is excellent, Bad is a tremendous artist, a superstar, a phenomenon, but does he want to be the leader of a movement?

He added: “He is going through an incredible moment right now and what I like about Bad is that he has never been selfish and I see those good attributes in a good leader, because every time he sings, he records with someone, he brings someone new , he records in another country, in his good times he is sharing his platform with new and veteran artists, and those are the things that will continue to carry and elevate him. Let’s hope so, that’s how people decide.”

However, Daddy Yankee does not feel that he can give the go-ahead to his successor. “As much as I appreciate Bad, I can’t tell you ‘That’s the name’ because there are many who would like to have that place and they can be offended. So also out of respect for them, I say that the people choose him, but without a doubt Benito has the attributes, ”he emphasized.

The followers of Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, expect the marketer Conejo Malo to take the place of the interpreter of Despacito…, but they know that there are very big shoes to fill.

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Daddy Yankee says goodbye to stages, is there a successor?