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.
There is something so fun about learning what musicians are listening to. We all know that we love our own musical finds but who are our favorites are listening to. Daddy Yankee is giving us a look into his own musical loves just in time for the COVID-19 shutdown.
Daddy Yankee is giving all of us self-isolated music fans a playlist of music he recommends.
The reggaetonero is known for his own music. Daddy Yankee has been rocking our worlds for over a decade and we all are better off for it. His music is one of the most consistent things we have had since we were all in high school. Who doesn’t remember dancing the weekends away to “Gasolina”?
The playlist has 29 songs performed by Daddy Yankee, of course, and other artists we all know and love.
Natty Natasha, Bad Bunny, and Wisin & Yandel are just some of the artists you will see featured on this playlist. The list is one of the most fun playlists of Spanish-language music you might be able to find right now. Plus, there is something so nice about musicians creating playlists because you know that they are the experts so you are in for a good ride.
Fans are super excited to get this playlist in their ears.
Who else has listened to this playlist? Does anyone have any issues with it?
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.