A multi-award-winning Puerto Rican singer and songwriter, Daddy Yankee is considered one of the pioneers of reggaetón and famously collaborated with Luis Fonsi on 2017’s pop song/crossover juggernaut, “Despacito.”
Native Puerto Rican Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez (born February 3, 1977), better known by the stage name Daddy Yankee, was something of a performing prodigy: He began rhyming and singing when he was 13 years old and became part of the underground rap scene in its early stages in Puerto Rico. He also formed his own record label, El Cartel Records, in 1997, when he was only 21. In 2004, he released Barrio Fino, which became his mainstream breakthrough album. Fueled by the international hit single "Gasolina," it is considered to be one of the best full-length albums ever released in this emerging musical genre.
In 2006, Time Magazine put him on its list of the 100 most influential people who are shaping the world. A decade later, his friend Luis Fonsi asked him to collaborate on a little ditty called “Despacito,” which has made history as the most watched video on YouTube — ever — and topped the charts in nearly 50 countries. Yankee’s signature raps, delivered over repetitive, almost hollow snare-drum rhythm have made him Spotify’s most-streamed artist in 2017.