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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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Anthony Ramos Recalls Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Advice About Not Having To Change How You Speak

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Anthony Ramos Recalls Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Advice About Not Having To Change How You Speak

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The 92nd Academy Awards were filled with unexpected wins and losses. However, the red carpet was home to some of the most memorable moments of the night. One moment that really stood out was Anthony Ramos telling Ryan Seacrest one of the first bits of advice Lin-Manuel Miranda gave him.

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Ramos and his fiancée Jasmine Cephas Jones stunned on the red carpet with their looks. Ramos and Jones got engaged in December 2018 after knowing each other for three years as costars on the wildly successful “Hamilton.”

During his interview with Ryan Seacrest, Ramos recalled a touching moment he had with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Seacrest asked the rising star about his time spent working with Miranda and Ramos had a touching story ready to go.

“Lin told me a quote one time,” Ramos told Seacrest. “I cracked a joke and I was like, ‘Ah. That’s kind of hood. I should probably change the way I speak.’ Lin said, ‘Papa, you never need to change the way you speak. You just have to make sure that people understand you.’ I’ll never forget that quote.”

Ramos added about the authenticity Miranda draws from him: “Just be honest. Just be who you are and be honest and he just kind of let me do my thing on set.”

The advice is something so many people of color can relate to and appreciate.

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Whether it is sounding hood like Ramos said or speaking with an accent, our voices have been made to feel less than. Miranda’s advice is something so many people could have used when they were younger. There is nothing more empowering than owning every part of your identity and your voice and accent are part of that. There is nothing wrong with sounding like your background as long as you make sure everyone else can understand you and who you are.

The moment is reminding fans how much they care for Ramos’s and Miranda’s relationship.

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A quick search on the Internet will show you the kind of friendly love between the two entertainers. Miranda has spent time in his own career to uplift the upcoming actor. During the awards ceremony, Miranda called Ramos a movie star giving a nod to the highly anticipated performance by Ramos in the upcoming “In The Heights” film.

Who else is excited to see this bromance grow this year?

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It is these kinds of those friendships that we want more of. Thank you for showing off that Latin excellence while uplifting each other. That’s the kind of energy we need to take into 2020.

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Shakira’s Song ‘Whenever, Wherever” Reaches No. 1 After Her Super Bowl Performance But Latinos Have Always Adored Her

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Shakira’s Song ‘Whenever, Wherever” Reaches No. 1 After Her Super Bowl Performance But Latinos Have Always Adored Her

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As the youngest in five, I rarely had the chance to travel alone.

How could I? With a paranoid mom and a closed-off dad, it was hard to ask for permission to venture out on my own. Sure, I had traveled a lot including abroad but I was either always with a family member or close friends. One year, my friend Sandra and I ventured throughout Mexico — a country I had never discovered on my own. When I was younger, I mostly stayed in the state of Nayarit because that’s where my family is from. So I never had a reason, or the courage, to learn more about the surrounding states in Mexico.

That was until my friend Sandra introduced me to a magical city, right in the center of the country.

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She had studied in Queretaro, Mexico, as part of her study-abroad program in college. I felt a little ashamed that someone like me — a proud Mexican Latina — had never been there, let alone any other state outside of Nayarit.

She took me there years later when I was 25 and fell in love with this incredible historic city — and sequentially someone else too.

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One night — at a club — I saw a man, unlike anyone I had ever seen before.

Think of a Mexican version of John F. Kennedy Jr. He was dapper, preppy, and totally hot.

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Completely out of my league too — or so I thought.

I didn’t think I’d ever see him again, but the following night we returned to that same club and there he was, but this time at the table next to ours.

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I coyly started dancing with him because why not? We ended up dancing the entire night together and I felt like I was literally floating.

Being there, in Queretaro, among local Mexicanos, listening to their music — unfiltered and unAmericanized, I had never felt that alive in my life.

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This is when I discovered so much incredible Latin music like FobiaCafe Tacuba and Shakira.

I should rephrase that. I discovered Spanish-speaking Shakira years after she had released her 1998 album “Dónde Están los Ladrones?”

The album catapulted her into a Latin superstar and I was in awe of her rocker chick vibe.

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While I loved my individuality as an alternative Chicana, I sure didn’t embody the independent woman I longed to be.

Even though I expressed a love for Spanish rock music, I was in a lot of ways very shy.

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But Shakira’s album made me feel different.

The song that truly moved me on that album is called “Si te vas.”

At first listen the song comes off as a ballad but it’s much more of a painful rock song that happens to be about a loss of love — as most songs are.

However, in this track, Shakira’s angst is infused throughout it just by the way she vocalizes certain aspects of the words.

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But this is my favorite part:

“Si te vas si te vas si te marchas

Mi cielo se hará gris

Si te vas si te vas ya no tienes

Que venir por mi

Si te vas si te vas y me cambias

Por esa bruja pedazo de cuero

No vuelvas nunca mas, ya no estaré aquí.”

But back to my imaginary love story. His name was Antonio.

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And he was an architect that lived in Queretaro. I was infatuated, to say the least. After our night of dancing, we went on a couple of dates, and one, in particular, that is too steamy to get into.

Soon after I returned to California soon after still on cloud nine.

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But that’s all it took.

I really thought I was in love with this Mexican heartthrob.

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When I returned to my real life, Antonio and I kept in touch.

We emailed, talked on the phone, and in my head, I was already scheming about how to go back to see him.

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I didn’t know how I would go back to Queretaro, but I knew that I had to. What I felt for Antonio was undeniable and I wasn’t going to let anything get in my way.

I didn’t tell anyone about my plan.

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I would just sit in my room — yes, I was a 26-year-old that still lived at home — and listened to Shakira’s album and think about Antonio.

One day it hit me. I would save money, enough for three months’ worth of rent, and move to Queretaro.

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I talked to my parents about it and simply said: “I need to get away and just write.”

My parents didn’t fight with me over the plan.

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I secretly think they just wanted me out of the house. And so I saved, and saved, and saved, every penny I could get my hands on. When I finally had enough, I bought a one-way ticket to Mexico City. I don’t even remember being scared.

I just remember having a direct plan and listening to my Shakira playlist.

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It didn’t feel like I was alone either. When you’re traveling alone and listening to music, it’s like your famous friends are there right there with you.

I stayed at the most picturesque house in Queretaro and didn’t even tell Antonio that I was coming to town.

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Yes, that was probably a mistake, but I didn’t care to hear anything negative. I guess underneath I knew what I was doing was kind of nuts, but love makes you do crazy things. When I did tell Antonio that I was in town, he said what I was dreading:

“You didn’t come here for me, did you?” he said.

“No! Of course, not. I came to write,” I said quickly.

“Oh, that’s good, because I have a girlfriend,” he said.

I think at that moment my body went numb because I don’t remember feeling sad or angry, just kind of in shock.

“How long have you been with her?” I said. I should note that it had only been a few months since I had last seen him.

“Always,” he said. “I’ve always been with her.”

The next couple of hours were a daze, but I cried myself to sleep that night. Here I was in Queretaro, all alone, and three more months to go. The next morning, I got up early, turned on my Shakira playlist and went for a run.

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Even though I was sad about the fact that Antonio had a girlfriend the entire time we were together, I realized how special it was that I was in this amazing city.

For the next three months, I did write.

I wrote a lot in fact, and I also met someone else.

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That relationship didn’t go beyond my time in Queretaro, but I loved knowing that heartbreak would not be the end of me.

The joy of being alone in Queretaro and doing exactly what I had envisioned all on my own was all I needed.

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Even now when I listen to “Si te vas” I never feel sad about Antonio, just pure happiness that I did something pretty extraordinary and have memories that will last me a lifetime.