Last week, during NBC’s “The Voice” season 12 finale, Mark Isaiah, an eliminated top 10 finalist, was brought back to perform the #1 hit song “Despacito.” He was joined on stage by the original creators of the song, Puerto Rican superstars Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee — and to be honest, Isaiah held his own, vocally and as a performer.
Justin Bieber, who helped catapult a remix of the hit song to the #1 spot in the U.S., couldn’t be there, which is probably best, because he showed that he doesn’t know (or seem to care about) the lyrics. If you haven’t already seen the video, Bieber was recently spotted in an NYC club performing an impromptu version of “Despacito,” where he sang, “blah blah blah Burrito,” when he couldn’t remember the lyrics.
No worries though, the Biebs wasn’t missed, because Isaiah executed the song flawlessly and showed that even though he didn’t win “The Voice” this season, he’s definitely got crossover appeal for the Latino market. Hopefully the Fonsi and Yankee train can get him there — especially if Bieber keeps forgetting his lines.
Yup. You read that right. Thanks to Daddy Yankee, there is now a Daddy Yankee pop up museum in Puerto Rico. Last week, the reggaetonero announced the opening of an exhibit dedicated to himself, called El Jefe Museum, in the Plaza Las Américas in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the last week alone, over 11,000 people have registered to gain free access to the museum, which opened Thursday and will be available until Jan. 15, 2020. Museum-goers will get a chance to see “the first museum in the world that tells part of the history of Reggaeton through the eyes of Daddy Yankee,” according to the ticket website.
As much as the museum honors reggaeton, visitors also get to see photos of El Cangri when he was just un bebé.
Visitors with tickets will be taken on an hour-long tour of the El Jefe Museum.
You have to reserve a ticket ahead of time, but the access is todo gratis, mis cangris. That said, for some reason, you need to arrive an hour early in order to process your ticket. Then, you’ll be taken on an hour-long professional tour of the 8,000 square foot exhibit that recreates the barrio Daddy Yankee grew up in. The set is designed to look exactly like his old neighborhood, to give us all a chronological tour of Daddy Yankee’s rags to riches life story. According to the ticket website, visitors also get to see “scenographies, important moments of his career, his music, exclusive interview for the museum, awards, costumes of unique moments in his career and in the history of the urban genre, even the events that have led him to be an icon of music throughout the world.”
The exhibit will feature his childhood photos to the medals he’s received through his career.
Some of his very first outfits worn on the stage in 1991 will be on display, alongside the Daddy-Yankee-imprinted Vans, and more. The event advertises “interactive technology where the public can feel those memorable moments of the legend of Puerto Rico and will have a special technology so that each person can take a personalized memory of this experience.” That technology appears to be allowing fans to customize their own Daddy Yankee branded, limited edition cap. By the end of their tour, they can take home their custom cap as memorabilia from the experience.
In a video posted to his Instagram during the grand opening, El Jefe shares a photo of him when he was just a lil jefecito.
“HIGH HONOR Student,” El Jefe writes in the caption, “The only difference is that in these times, I pray with great faith to have that voluminous mane again. 😂” Daddy Yankee may have a museum dedicated in his honor, but he’s ensured to shine a spotlight on his roots. “What keeps me grounded is always remembering where I come from,” he told People en Español. “I go to Villa Kennedy, and I remember where it all began,” he says of the low-income state-funded housing replicated in the on-set version of Barrio Obrero, where he grew up, and where reggaeton all started.
Fans are already expressing their gratitude to El Cangri for the learning opportunity.
One fan said she arrived a full two hours before her tour out of pure excitement. “I’m dying SLOWLY OF EMOTION!!!, ” she tweeted in Spanish, “@Daddy_Yankee I’ve already been here since 9 waiting for them to open.” “To you, it will be a simple photo on a wall full of photos of DY,” tweeted one of today’s visitors, “But for me today, seeing this man’s whole career inspires me to never give up. @daddy_yankee I will always be your fan from the beginning to the end! #DaddyYankeeMuseum”
Faraway fans are considering a trip out to Puerto Rico to get the official tour.
“I think if I had the chance to go to #DaddyYankeeMuseum I would full cry people … and seeing [the photos] fill my eyes with tears…@daddy_yankee i take pride in you,” tweets “Tatty Yankee” (@Tatty_Yankee). Given that Daddy Yankee just sold out ten performances at Puerto Rico’s El Choli, making him the venue’s highest audience attendance male solo artist in history, we imagine free tickets to his pop-up museum exhibit will sell out fast.
You can reserve your free ticket here to see how el jefecito became El Jefe.
Nicky Jam just confessed to a wide range of shocking statements while on a popular talk show in Spain. The reggaetonero sat down with El Hormiguero to promote his newly released album, Intimo, and Netflix’s “Nicky Jam: El Ganador,” the dramatized retelling of Nicky Jam’s life story, and the launch of reggaeton itself. Those who have seen “El Ganador”know about the artist’s previous drug addiction, but nobody knew about the death threats.
The 38-year-old Grammy winner told El Hormiguero host Pablo Motos that Daddy Yankee and he had to flee Puerto Rico because of death threats.
Los Cangris only returned to Puerto Rico when the person threatening them died in a street fight.
Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee first rose to fame as the Los Cangris duo. During that time, they were still in dangerous neighborhoods. Nicky Jam recalls how a music business parter to Los Cangris was murdered, which prompted a slew of threats. Both Yankee and Nicky Jam received a death threat, which Nicky Jam says is the reason they fled to New York City. “Let’s go back and confront that guy who wants to kill us and let’s make music,” Nicky told Yankee. “Porque es que nosotros lo que hacemos es música!”
According to The Dial,that person who continued to threaten the duo ended up dying in a separate street brawl, which effectively ended Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee’s bar from the island.
Though Nicky Jam made sure his audience knew that Puerto Rico produces “high society” people like Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony.
No way Nicky Jam was going to let people think his candid story is a blanket statement on his island. “Don’t go thinking that we’re all from the hood,” Nicky jam assured his audience. “There are Puerto Ricans of high society who do not speak like me…,” he joked. He went onto list Luis Fonsi, Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony as “normal Puerto Ricans.” No te preocupes, Nicky Jam, not even a man armed with paper towels could tarnish the hard-working, resilient and brilliant nature of Boricuas. For good measure, he encouraged the audience to visit Puerto Rico, saying “Puerto Rico is a beautiful country… you can go and enjoy the beaches.”
He acknowledged that the graphic depiction of his childhood in “El Ganador” and subsequent drug abuse was intentional.
He told Motos that he knew he could have presented a rosy picture of his teenage years, but that it would accomplish nothing for the young people watching. “I wanted them to see that there are two roads,” he said. “If you take the negative, all the bad things that happened to me will happen to you.” He was candid about his drug addiction and how it overtook his family. He told the audience that even his doctor told him that “tienes dos opciones: morirte o quitarte,” you have two options, kill yourself or get clean. He told the cheering crowd that he’s been clean of drugs and alcohol for ten years, “gracias a Dios.”
Nicky Jam said that his sobriety prompted both his parents to get clean as well.
“I was the one who broke the chains and the whole family got ready,” he said. More than that, he talked about how his mother was a huge driver of his success, but not for the reasons you’d expect. Nick Rivera Caminero was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts to a Dominican mother and Puerto Rican father. When he was ten years old, they moved to Barrio Obrero in Puerto Rico. As Nicky Jam’s addiction progressed to 39 pills a day of Percocet mixed with other drugs, his relationship with his parents disintegrated. By the time he was 30 years old, he didn’t know how to find his mother, and hoped that fame might bring her to him. One day, he said, “I went to do a show in the Dominican Republic and my bodyguard told me that there was a lady outside saying she was my mother.” Both his parents were struggling with their own addictions, and, reunited, he helped them gain sobriety.
Needless to say, the Internet is deeply emotionally shaken.
“El Ganador”is no longer available on Netflix, though it’s finally been made available to Univision subscribers. You can listen to his new album “Intimo,” streaming worldwide, which was just released to patient fans on Nov. 1. We’re glad you made it out okay, Nicky Jam. Felicidades.