Daddy Yankee, self-proclaimed “The boss” of reggaeton, announced this Sunday his retirement from music with the release next Thursday of his latest album, “Legendaddy”, and his latest concert tour, “La Última Vuelta”.
“This race, which has been a marathon, I finally see the goal. Now I am going to enjoy with all of you what you have given me, what you have given me,” Raymond Ayala, first name of the Puerto Rican artist, started in a video that you downloaded on your instagram account.
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“In this genre, people say that I made it world wide, but it was you who opened the key to open the doors to make this genre the largest in the world,” emphasized Reggaeton’s “Maximum Leader” in the message.
The 45-year-old artist recognized that his followers have been “the greatest treasure I can have in my career” that spans 32 years, according to Daddy Yankee himself in the video sitting at a pool table in his mansion in Luquillo , city on the northeast coast of Puerto Rico.
“I always worked not to fail them, not to ask for problems, with a lot of discipline, to be able to inspire all the kids (young people) to be leaders, to dream of growing, not to think about limitations and to work for their family and theirs. “, he reflected.
“In the neighborhoods, where we grew up, most of us wanted to be drug traffickers. Today, I go down to the neighborhoods and the hamlets (public housing), and most want to be singers. That is worth a lot to me,” he said.
However, he assured that “formally, today I announce my retirement from music, giving you my best production and my best concert tour, and I am going to say goodbye to these 32 years of experience with this collector’s item, entitled ‘Legendaddy'”.
In said production he assured that he will present “all the styles that have defined me in a single album”, which will have a lot of “party, war and romance”.
“I leave with the greatest thanks, my audience, my colleagues, all the producers, radio, press, television, digital platforms and you, who have been with me from the ‘underground’, from the roots, from the beginning of the reggaeton”, he added.
“I love them with my life; I change and out, Daddy Yankee, ‘The boss’, DY says goodbye,” he concluded.
A little about Daddy Yankee’s career
Daddy Yankee started his musical career on the album “Playero 34”, by music producer DJ Playero, and where the word reggaeton or reggaeton was heard for the first time.
Due to the talent that DJ Playero saw in Daddy Yankee, he decided to place him at the beginning of his next productions, that is, the editions of “Playero 35”, “Playero 36” and “Playero 37”.
However, the editions of “Playero 38”, “Playero 39” and “Playero 40” had the opportunity to be sold in record stores, which then catapulted Daddy Yankee even more.
The renowned artist also had the opportunity to release his own albums, the first being “No Mercy” and “El Cartel de Yankee”.
Likewise, due to the success he was having, Daddy Yankee was also included in other productions, especially in the first edition of Boricua Guerrero EP, produced by DJ Playero and Nico Canada, and where the so-called “Big Boss” had a collaboration with Nas, one of the most famous American rappers.
Daddy Yankee, with his vision of taking the reggaeton genre to another level, continued to participate in other productions, and also joined a duet with Nicky Jam, releasing his album, “Hazando escante.”
However, the duo split up, giving Daddy Yankee the opportunity to release the album “Barrio Fino” in 2004, which included “Gasolina”, a song that exploded the career of the legendary reggaeton player.
A year later, Daddy Yankee released “Barrio Fino, En Directo”, which included the single “Gansta Zone” alongside Snoop Dogg, another legendary American rapper.
Daddy Yankee continued to release several albums, including “El Cartel: The Big Boss”, “Mundial” and “Prestige”.
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And, despite all the worldwide success that Daddy Yankee already had in his hands, at the end of 2017 he released the video for “Despacito” together with Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi, one of the most watched music videos in history.