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Multi-Award-Winning Puerto Rican Singer, Songwriter & Music Producer; Pioneer of Reggaeton

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Daddy Yankee (born Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, February 3, 1977) is a Latin Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican Reggaeton singer, songwriter and music producer. He started singing and rapping at 13, right when the rap scene began taking root in Puerto Rico. At only 21 he launched his own label called El Cartel Records. In 2004, he broke into the mainstream with his breakthrough album Barrio Fino along with its hit track "Gasolina."

Time Magazine has ranked Daddy Yankee as one of the top 100 influencers in the world. In 2017, he and his good friend Luis Fonsi collaborated on the single “Despacito,” not knowing it'd become a chart topper in close to 50 countries and become the most-watched YouTube video ever. Yankee’s unique rap style has made him the most-streamed musician on Spotify.

Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and raised in the Villa Kennedy Housing Projects of Río Piedras, the largest district of San Juan, Yankee was also interested in baseball in his youth, and aspired to become a Major League player. As a teenager, Ayala tried out for the Seattle Mariners Major League baseball team. Before he could be officially signed by the team, Ayala was hit by a stray round from an AK-47 rifle while taking a break from a studio recording session with reggaeton mixtape icon DJ Playero. The bullet was never removed from Ayala's hip, and he credits the shooting incident with allowing him to focus entirely on a music career.

He then became involved in the underground rap movement that was in its early stages in Puerto Rico, later to be called Reggaeton. Daddy Yankee first appeared on the 1993 DJ Playero mixtape “Playero 37.” His first official studio project as a solo artist was, “No Mercy,” which was released in 1995 through White Lion Records in Puerto Rico.

In 2002, “El Cangri.com,” became Daddy Yankee’s first album with international success, receiving coverage in the markets of New York City and Miami. Daddy Yankee’s next album, “Barrio Fino,” was produced by Luny Tunes and released in 2004 by his own imprint label El Cartel Records and VI Music. Having enjoyed Salsa music since he was young, Daddy Yankee included the style of music on the album. The most prominent of these cross-genre singles was, “Melao,” in which he performed with Andy Montañez. “Barrio Fino” went to #1 on the Billboard Latin Albums chart, #16 on the Rap Albums chart and #26 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

In 2007, El Cartel Records released, “El Cartel: The Big Boss,” which topped both the Billboard Rap Albums and Latin Albums charts, as well as reaching the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. Album sales made him at the time the highest selling reggaetón artist in an abbreviated sales cycle. In 2008, Daddy Yankee's soundtrack album, “Talento de Barrio,” debuted at #13 on the Billboard 200.

Daddy Yankee released his fifth studio album, “Daddy Yankee Mundial,” in 2010. The album, issued by El Cartel Records, became his third straight #1 record on the Billboard Latin Albums chart, while also reaching #3 on the Rap Albums chart and #29 on the Billboard 200. Daddy Yankee's sixth studio album, “Prestige,” was issued via El Cartel Records and Sony Music.

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Multi-Award-Winning Puerto Rican Singer, Songwriter & Music Producer; Pioneer of Reggaeton

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Daddy Yankee Biography

Daddy Yankee (born Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, February 3, 1977) is a Latin Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican Reggaeton singer, songwriter and music producer. He started singing and rapping at 13, right when the rap scene began taking root in Puerto Rico. At only 21 he launched his own label called El Cartel Records. In 2004, he broke into the mainstream with his breakthrough album Barrio Fino along with its hit track "Gasolina."

Time Magazine has ranked Daddy Yankee as one of the top 100 influencers in the world. In 2017, he and his good friend Luis Fonsi collaborated on the single “Despacito,” not knowing it'd become a chart topper in close to 50 countries and become the most-watched YouTube video ever. Yankee’s unique rap style has made him the most-streamed musician on Spotify.

Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and raised in the Villa Kennedy Housing Projects of Río Piedras, the largest district of San Juan, Yankee was also interested in baseball in his youth, and aspired to become a Major League player. As a teenager, Ayala tried out for the Seattle Mariners Major League baseball team. Before he could be officially signed by the team, Ayala was hit by a stray round from an AK-47 rifle while taking a break from a studio recording session with reggaeton mixtape icon DJ Playero. The bullet was never removed from Ayala's hip, and he credits the shooting incident with allowing him to focus entirely on a music career.

He then became involved in the underground rap movement that was in its early stages in Puerto Rico, later to be called Reggaeton. Daddy Yankee first appeared on the 1993 DJ Playero mixtape “Playero 37.” His first official studio project as a solo artist was, “No Mercy,” which was released in 1995 through White Lion Records in Puerto Rico.

In 2002, “El Cangri.com,” became Daddy Yankee’s first album with international success, receiving coverage in the markets of New York City and Miami. Daddy Yankee’s next album, “Barrio Fino,” was produced by Luny Tunes and released in 2004 by his own imprint label El Cartel Records and VI Music. Having enjoyed Salsa music since he was young, Daddy Yankee included the style of music on the album. The most prominent of these cross-genre singles was, “Melao,” in which he performed with Andy Montañez. “Barrio Fino” went to #1 on the Billboard Latin Albums chart, #16 on the Rap Albums chart and #26 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

In 2007, El Cartel Records released, “El Cartel: The Big Boss,” which topped both the Billboard Rap Albums and Latin Albums charts, as well as reaching the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. Album sales made him at the time the highest selling reggaetón artist in an abbreviated sales cycle. In 2008, Daddy Yankee's soundtrack album, “Talento de Barrio,” debuted at #13 on the Billboard 200.

Daddy Yankee released his fifth studio album, “Daddy Yankee Mundial,” in 2010. The album, issued by El Cartel Records, became his third straight #1 record on the Billboard Latin Albums chart, while also reaching #3 on the Rap Albums chart and #29 on the Billboard 200. Daddy Yankee's sixth studio album, “Prestige,” was issued via El Cartel Records and Sony Music.

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  • How to book Daddy Yankee?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Daddy Yankee for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Daddy Yankee, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Daddy Yankee or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Daddy Yankee?

    Booking fees for Daddy Yankee, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Daddy Yankee, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Daddy Yankee?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Daddy Yankee for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Daddy Yankee for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Daddy Yankee or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Daddy Yankee or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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