Luis Fonsi has been doing the rounds as No.1 Latin song in Latin Spotify charts with his new single “Despacito” meaning “Slowly and Slowly”. The Spanish Single has topped the charts of every Latin American Countries with its upbeat music and groovy tunes receiving widespread fan following.
The song features “The Big Boss” Daddy Yankee sharing a great camaraderie with Luis Fonsi’s beats along with his reggae rapping styles. Daddy Yankee has ruled not just the Spanish music scene but has fan following across the globe for his outstanding music topping charts. His stage name is derived from Puerto Rican slang: a “Yankee” is someone tall, or a big shot in his field. His other nicknames include: King Daddy, El Jefe, The Big Boss and El Cangri.
As Daddy Yankee celebrates his 38th birthday, here are 10 facts about the indisputable king of reggeaton you probably didn’t know.
1. His real name is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez.
2. His stage name is derived from Puerto Rican slang. A “Yankee” is someone tall, or a big shot in his field. His other nicknames include: King Daddy, El Jefe, The Big Boss and El Cangri.
3. Growing up, he aspired to be a professional baseball player. He even tried out for the Seattle Mariners Major League baseball team.
He turned to music after he was shot by stray round from an AK-47 rifle, which landed him in the hospital for more than a year.
4. He married Mireddys Gonzalez in 1994. He has two sons named Jesairis and Jeremy and a daughter named Yamilette. He is notoriously private about his family and rarely speaks about them in interviews.
Daddy Yankee’s 2004 breakthrough hit, Gasolina, made the Top 10 music charts in Austria, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Norway and the U.K. In the U.S. it peaked at #10 on Billboard’s Top 10 Rap Songs.
6. In 2005, he became the first Latin artist to sign a deal with Reebok, in order to produce accessories, including the licensed clothing line “DY”, which was released in 2006.
In 2009, Yankee was the recipient of Billboard’s Spirit of Hope Award for his humanitarian work with his charity, Corazón Guerrero, which works to improve education and quality of life for thousands of underserved kids in Puerto Rico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.
8. In 2010, he guest-starred as himself on six episodes of the CBS daytime series, The Bold and the Beautiful.
9. He was a big supporter of John McCain during the 2008 presidential election, stating that McCain is a “fighter for the Hispanic community.”
10. He has sold over 18 million albums.
Fonsi's upbeat track ‘Despacito’ featuting Yankee is already breaking records on Vevo becoming the Spanish language video with over 271.5 million video views on YouTube since Jan 12. (YouTube Link -