Coming from Puerto Rico, Daddy Yankee is also known as the "King of improvisation" and he managed to hold this title for 5 successive years as a winner of the "Street Jam Reggae Awards". He is truly the most changeable rap and reggae artist of Puerto Rico. He is also called "30-30" because of his lyrics that mostly describe everyday life on the streets of his country. Besides, he also distinguishes himself as a music producer.
Daddy Yankee, whose real name is Raymond Ayala, was born on the 3rd of February 1977 in Río Piedras (Puerto Rico).
The first "El Cangri" tour
"El Cangri" went on his first American tour on the 27th of August, 2005. In 2006 he participated in the Festival Internacional in Viña del Mar, where he was awarded the silver and gold torches as well as the silver seagull.
In recent years he provoked a disagreement concerning rivalry with his fellow-countryman Don Omar. But there are rumors of the possible reconciliation of these two former friends.
The first film of Daddy Yankee
In 2005 the musician managed to sign a million-dollar contract with a US-American company Paramount Pictures and got the leading part in his first film "Talento de Barrio". Daddy Yankee claims that although the film is not autobiographical, it depicts the reality of hard life of the poor on the streets of Latin America, where he grew up, more authentically than any other Spanish film did before.
Daddy Yankee's own record company
Daddy Yankee has also founded his own record company named Guatauba Productions and was very successful at the production of posters. His album "El Cartel" has won the gold record and the second part was also a huge success.
Joint projects of Daddy Yankee
The musician was also involved in various joint projects in the field of salsa or merengue, for example "The Dynasty" of Grupo Manía. He appeared in the album "DJ Nelson presenta Luny Tunes & Noriega" with "Cógela Que Va Sin Jockey" and also with "Métela Con Candela" and "Aquí Esta Tu Caldo" in "La Trayectoria". Universal Latino recorded him with "Gata Gangster" in the "The Best Reggaeton Beats" sample that he produced with Don Omar.
Daddy Yankee also performed together with such musicians as Nicky Jam, Pitbull, Mey Vidal, DJ Bass, DJ Eric, Eliel, Nas or Tony Touch and appeared in various albums like "Más Flow" and "Blin Blin Vol. 1".
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