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Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez (born February 3, 1977), known by his stage name Daddy Yankee, is a Puerto Rican reggaeton singer-songwriter, producer and actor. Ayala was born in Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was raised in the neighborhood of Villa Kennedy Housing Projects.
Ayala aspired to be a professional baseball player, and tried out for the Seattle Mariners Major League baseball team.Before he could be officially signed, he was hit by a stray round from an AK-47 rifle while taking a break from a studio recording session with reggaeton mix tape icon DJ Playero. Ayala spent roughly one and a half years recovering from the wound; the bullet was never removed from his hip, and he credits the shooting incident with allowing him to focus entirely on a music career. Since then, he has sold over 18 million albums.
On October 29, 2013, Daddy Yankee released a mixtape entitled “King Daddy”, produced by Los De La Nazza (Musicologo & Menes), as part the Imperio Nazza Mixtapes series and was released as a digital-format only. The mixtape was made because of the high demand from the fans and is a return to his original reggaeton roots. It includes 11 tracks with collaborations from J Alvarez, Arcángel, Yandel, Farruko, and Divino. According to Ayala, “King Daddy” was recorded in two and a half weeks, because there was “a lot of inspiration”. The song “La Rompe Carros” has garnered popularity among the public, but his hit single was “La Nueva y La Ex” which has been widely received all over South America, Europe, and North America. During a press conference earlier this year, Daddy Yankee announced the physical release of King Daddy scheduled for later this year with 3 or 4 bonus tracks for a total of 14 or 15 songs included.
From May 13 to June 22, 2014, Ayala performed on his King Daddy Tour, touring several cities in Europe, including Köln, Calabria, Nantes, Lyon, Toulouse, Paris, Bordeaux, Napoli, München, Rome, Cologne, Zürich, Milan, Brussels, Malaga, Valencia and Madrid. He has also toured in South and North American cities, like Quito, Guayaquil, Lima, Valledupar, Washington D.C. and Houston. In Spain, his concerts were on the 4º position in the box-office ranking, being the first Latin artist on the top 5 on this country, underneath Iron Maiden and The Rolling Stones, and over artists like Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and Michael Bublé.
On June 17, 2014 the single “Ora Por Mí” (Spanish for “Pray For Me”) was released as part of the King Daddy’s bonus tracks and uses the Scorpions’ “Send Me An Angel” instrumental, with a rap sampler. The official video for “Ora Por Mí” was released on June 24, 2014. It was filmed in many locations in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and talks about Ayala’s life and the dark side of fame. According to Ayala, it is the most personal song of his career. On September 2, 2014, it was released another single called “Palabras Con Sentido” (Spanish for “Words With Sense”), which defends reggaeton and urban music of all the accusations of being a “society poison”. Daddy Yankee expressed that all music has something good to give, and if his music is wrong, all them have to be censured, because people like Mao Tse Tung, Stalin, Hitler, Timothy McVeigh and “the murderer of the famous Beatle” listened to another genres and made horrible things to society. On his single, he also says that urban music gives work and also save lives, like his own, and the solution would be that churches have to remain, journalists have to tell the truth, artists have to have more inspiration, and the rich people have to help the poor ones. On September 9, 2014 he released his first totally English single called “This Is Not A Love Song” featuring new rapper Duncan.
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