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Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez (born February 3, 1977), better known as Daddy Yankee, is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and actor. He is widely considered as the greatest reggaeton artist of all time, having established the genre as a worldwide phenomenon with his groundbreaking 2004 album “Barrio Fino”, especially with the hit single “Gasolina”, leading to him receiving honorific nicknames such as “The King of Reggaeton” and “The Big Boss”.



  • Studio albums:
    • No Mercy (1995)
    • El (2002)
    • Barrio Fino (2004)
    • El Cartel: The Big Boss (2007)
    • Talento de Barrio (2008)
    • Mundial (2010)
    • Prestige (2012)
    • King Daddy (2013)
    • El Disco Duro (TBA)
  • Compilation albums:
    • El Cartel de Yankee (1997)
    • El Cartel II: Los Cangris (2001)
    • Los Homerun-es (2003)
  • Live albums:
    • Ahora le Toca al Cangri! Live (2005)
    • Barrio Fino en Directo (2005)

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  • Break Up Song: Many. “La Rompe Corazones”, “No Me Dejes Solo”, “¿Qué Tengo Que Hacer?”, “La Nueva Y La Ex”, “Vuelve”, etc.
  • Dream Team: His best collaborations usually involve Nicky Jam (where they are known as “Los Cangris”) or Wisin & Yandel.
  • Call-Back: Both Romeo Santos and Nicky Jam make call-backs for him in the former’s “Bella Y Sensual”.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Quite downplayed; he comes from a family of salsa musicians, which isn’t a reggaeton root like reggae and hip hop.
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  • Intercourse with You: His Luis Fonsi collaboration "Despacito" is about sex, which might come as a surprise to listeners who don't speak Spanish. It's a romantic song called "Slowly", and the Justin Bieber remix has had most of the meaning stripped.
  • The Movie: His 2008 film Talento de Barrio.
  • Older Than He Looks: Hell, there have been many jokes on the web regarding his appearance, as it seems that he de-ages the older he gets.
  • One-Word Title: Despacito, Gasolina, Dura, Limbo, Adictiva, Rompe, Machucando, Impacto, Pose, Descontrol, Lovumba, Pasarela, Vaivén, Vuelve, etc.
  • Precision F-Strike: For reggaeton standards; the most common instances are in older material, The Movie, and his increasingly-rare street-oriented work.
  • Title Drop: We hear the title word throughout “Despacito” and “Gasolina”.

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