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The Founder Of Reggaeton Was On His Way To Become A Pro Baseball Player

Daddy Yankee is arguably one of the most recognizable Latin music artists in the world. Since he dropped “Gasolina” in 2004, everyone has been paying attention to the Puerto Rican rapper and there’s a reason why. His collaboration with Luis Fonsi on the megahit “Despacito” launched him into super stardom in the mainstream and he isn’t slowing down yet.

The Latin music industry wouldn’t be where it is today without him, as he’s cited as the inspiration for so many of our favorite artists today, including Bad Bunny. Here are some facts about the musical icon that you might not know.

His real name is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez.

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That’s right. There’s nothing wrong with just calling him Daddy. It might be his stage name but he lowkey is a total daddy when you think about it. The swagger just drips off the man and people worldwide are getting caught up in his allure.

His stage name comes from Puerto Rican slang.

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“Yankee” pretty much just means someone tall or a big shot. Daddy Yankee is 5’7″, so we’re going with the big shot guess. His other nicknames include King Daddy, el Jefe, y El Cangri. All seem more than suitable for the artist.

Daddy Yankee calls Río Piedras, Puerto Rico his home.

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He was raised in the Villa Kennedy Projects and has said that music is the only reason he isn’t in prison or dead today. So many people have been saved by the arts and Daddy Yankee is a good example of the power funding arts programs can have.

Daddy Yankee was on his way to become a professional baseball player.

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He tried out for a Major Leagues Baseball team, but of course, he’s always had a passion for music. While he was waiting to find out if he made the team, his career ended abruptly through no fault of his own.

Daddy Yankee was shot by a stray AK-47 bullet while outside a recording studio in Puerto Rico.

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The bullet is still in his hip and he had to undergo serious physical therapy for almost two years to regain his mobility. The accident forced him to put all of his energy into his music because baseball was no longer a viable career.

He is the actual founder of Reggaeton.

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No joke. Maybe other people messed around with that sound, but Daddy Yankee brought the world “Gasolina,” which changed everything. In an interview with Billboard.com, he swears that the “track is completely literal. It’s one of the most innocent songs I’ve ever written.”

His 2004 album “Barrio Fino” landed him his big break.

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It was the first reggaeton album to ever reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin album chart, effectively bringing the genre into mainstream existence. The album became the top-selling Latin music album of the entire decade of the 2000’s. We all remember jamming to it at house parties in high school.

That was ten years ago. Today, he’s still topping charts in 14 different countries.

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Reggaeton is alive and well with “Dura” nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Song. All your friends have Google’d this and think we’re singing about something “hard”, but Becky G. and Natti Natasha know it’s just about how hot they are.

“Despacito” is the second most viewed music video in history.

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Right behind Adele’s “Hello,” “Despacito” reached one billion views just 97 days after its release. If your 2016 Buena Noche didn’t end in a dance off between the cousins and the tías, then I don’t know what you were doing.

P.S. That’s his concert turn out in Albania.

Like a true watery Aquarius, Daddy Yankee was the first Latin artist to sign a deal with Reebok.

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He turned that deal into another, and then another, with the launch of his own fashion line. By fashion I mean sneakers and caps. The 2006 line was called “DY”.

Daddy Yankee has been dabbling with Latin trap lately.

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Daddy Yankee gave Bad Bunny a leg up with “Dura” and Bad Bunny helped him out with “Vuelve,” but rumor has it he released “Hielo” all on his own.

His collaborations are relevant.

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He helped Camila Cabello remix “Havana” in Spanish.

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He starred as himself in 2008’s “Talento de Barrio.”

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If you ever wanted a glimpse into what DY’s life was like growing up in a Puerto Rican housing project, now you have this loosely-based film of his life. Plus, it became the highest grossing Puerto Rican film ever. To this date.

He also guest-starred as himself in on six episodes of “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

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Boy didn’t even take a crack at telenovelas. He just jumped straight into American CBS daytime series because he’s that crossover star.

Good luck finding a photo of him and his wife.

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Daddy Yankee is extremely private in his personal life and considers it a hidden treasure from the public world. Mireddys González and him have been married for over 20 years and he likes to keep it that way.

He had his first daughter when he was just 17 years old.

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Her name is Jesaaelys Marie and Daddy Yankee has been completely upfront in saying that it was very confusing to raise a child as a niño himself. He has two other children with his wife.

Daddy Yankee has never lost touch with his roots.

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Daddy Yankee’s organization to improve education, college prep, and more to underserved kids in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Colombia has earned him Billboard’s Spirit of Hope Award for his humanitarian efforts. We’re here for it.

Daddy Yankee rarely goes public on his personal views, but after Hurricane Maria, he spoke up.

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He donated $100,000 to the Food Bank of Puerto Rico immediately after the Hurricane passed through. The food was able to offer meals to around 9,000 families on the island.

Daddy Yankee was one of the participants in J.Lo and Marc Anthony’s “One Voice: Somos Live!”

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While the Trump administration faltered to even acknowledge the true calamity and destruction that wept out the island, DY did something. He donated his talents, alongside J.Lo, Marc Anthony, Luis Fonsi and others to offer a charity concert televised on Telemundo, Univision and NBC.

Gracias.

Daddy Yankee is overall a stand up guy.

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I mean, the guy used his rise to the top of world music to become a spokesperson for “Yo Limpio a Puerto Rico” to promote recycling in the late 2000’s. He’s never stopped making música sucia and I don’t care what he says about “Gasolina”–that is the dirtiest song he ever wrote.


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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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