|Popular Name:||Daddy Yankee|
|Birth Name:||Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez|
|Birth Date:||3 February 1977|
|Birth Place:||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Spouse(name):||Mireddys González (m. 1994)|
|Children:||3 — Jeremy, Jessealy, and Yamilette Rodriguez|
|Profession:||Rapper, Singer, Producer,|
|Years active:||1991 till date|
|Net Worth:||$30 Million|
|Last Updated:||March 2020|
Daddy Yankee is a rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and record producer from Puerto Rico. He is recognized as the artist who coined the word “Reggaeton” in the year 1994 to describe the new genre of music that was emerging from his country Puerto Rico. Music critics and fans worldwide regard him as the “King of Reggaetón”. As of the time of this writing, Daddy Yankee net worth has been estimated to be sizable enough to include the rapper on the list of the richest men in music.
Early Life & Childhood
Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez or simply Daddy Yankee was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 3, 1977, to a manicurist mother and a salsa percussionist father. At a very tender age, he realized his love for music after watching his father’s performance often. When he was 13 years old, he began rapping and singing and soon developed passion for reggaetón and looked up to several musicians at that time. Although the music genre called reggaetón was not so popular then, some artists in San Juan would make their music by using a mix of dancehall, hip-hop, and freestyle. As a teenager, Ramon always dreamed of playing baseball professionally, but before he could, all his plans came crashing down when a stray bullet hit him from a barrio gun battle.
Career & Professional Life
While he was recovering from the gunshot, Daddy Yankee had enough time to think about his career in music. At this time, he had already been given a chance by DJ Playero to be featured on his mixtape which was released in 1992. In 1995 as well, DJ Playero also helped release his first ever solo mixtape which he titled “No Mercy”. This mixtape was controversial and it soon brought attention to the rising rapper. However, politicians in Puerto Rican wanted to suppress Yankee’s mixtape because it contained some lyrics about rebelling against the government. His mixtape performed well locally as it was well received by locals mainly because it was something that they could relate to. Daddy Yankee net worth soon started to increase as he followed up his fix mixtape with a debut album release in 1997, titled “El Cartel”, which was followed by a second album “El Cartel II” in 2001. His first two albums achieved success in his country, but failed to do well in Latin America as a whole. He gained extra attention in 2002 when he dropped a third album, “El Cangri.com”, which talked more about religion, terrorism, and corruption, and he started to get recognized across Latin America and also in the United States. His single ‘Latigazo’ from the album was being played on Spanish radio and soon got to number 43 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. He continued improving and released a fourth album in 2004, titled “Barrio Fino”. This album was well received and it contained the song “Gasolina”, one of his biggest hits ever, which has been ranked as one of the “50 Greatest Latin Songs of All Time”.
Big success went the way of this dedicated rapper In 2005 when he was signed by Interscope Records. Under the company, he released his fifth album “El Cartel: The Big Boss”, featuring big artists like Scott Storch, Will.I.Am, and many more. He came up with a sixth album in 2010, “Mundial”, and a seventh, “Prestige”, a year later. An eighth album “King Daddy” soon followed in 2013, recording big sales while granting a much needed value to Daddy Yankee net worth.
In 2017 Daddy Yankee released what is probably his biggest hit song, and one of his most memorable singles titled “Despacito” which featured the talents of fellow Latin American singer Luis Fonsi. The song recorded massive success. It sold thousands of copies in its first week, in the US, in Europe, Africa, and in several continents. The song quickly reached the top position of the “Billboard Hot 100”, and also had remixes by many artists, including Justin Bieber.
Daddy Yankee’s Albums
As at the time of this writing, daddy Yankee has released the following studio albums —
- No Mercy (1995)
- El Cangri.com (2002)
- Barrio Fino (2004)
- El Cartel: The Big Boss (2007)
- Mundial (2010)
- Prestige (2012)
- El Disco Duro (TBA)
Daddy Yankee is also known to have featured in a small number of films and television series, including films such as Vampiros, Straight Outta Puerto Rico, and Talento de Barrio, as well as television shows like The Bold and the Beautiful, and Gordon Ramsey‘s Hell’s Kitchen.
Awards & Achievements
Since his international debut in 2004, the versatile rapper and singer has collected 82 awards from 270 nominations. Most notably, he has won —
- 1 ‘Latin Grammy Award’
- 2 ‘Billboard Music Awards’
- 14 ‘Billboard Latin Music Awards’
- 2 ‘Latin American Music Awards’
- 6 ‘ASCAP Awards’
- 8 ‘Lo Nuestro Awards’
- 1 ‘MTV Video Music Award’
Personal Life, Wife & Children
Daddy Yankee is a man who got married to his sweetheart Mireddys Gonzalez in 1994 when he was seventeen years old, and became a father at 18.
While he maintains a very quiet personal life, he has revealed that he has three children with his wife Mireddys Gonzalez, including Jeremy, Jessealy, and Yamilette. Daddy Yankee is a lovely father who devotes his time to his kids, and often enlightens them against several social evils, including drugs and crime.
Daddy Yankee Net Worth
Daddy Yankee has made his wealth and fame from his successful career as a rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and record producer who has been recognized as the artist who coined the word “Reggaeton”. Thanks to his lucrative career, Daddy Yankee net worth has been estimated to be sizable enough to establish the rapper as one of the richest men in music.
As of 2020, Daddy Yankee net worth is $30 million.