Daddy Yankee has announced his retirement from music after his forthcoming album release.
On Sunday, Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee, who is currently working on his forthcoming studio album titled, "Legendaddy," announced that this studio album is going to be his last work of music for his fans as he plans to retire.
Yankee said in a statement to Billboard that as he announces his retirement from music, he wants to give his fans his best production and concert tour. He is gearing up to release his studio album along with saying goodbye to an amazing 32 years of experience as he celebrates it in "Legendaddy". The rapper concluded that he was going to give all of his styles that went on to define him in one single album.
Yankee also shared a video on his social media in which he says that if you came to his page, this is what he has to say: his career has been a marathon and now he is finally able to see his goal. He adds that his career has been among one of the biggest treasures of his life because it not only allowed him to express himself freely but also inspired other young men to dream beyond their limits.
Daddy Yankee said that while he was growing up, the majority of them wanted to be drug dealers, but now the majority of them wanted to be singers, and that speaks volumes to him and means a lot. He thanked his fans and followers for letting the doors open for Latin music internationally and added that it was they who gave him the key to unlock and bring in this genre to make it one of the biggest in the world.
Daddy Yankee (real name Ramón Luis Ayala Rodriguez) is also known as the King of Reggaeton and he was the first artist to coin the word 'reggaetón' to describe the new music genre in 1994. 'Reggaeton' is used to describe the music that emerges from Puerto Rico and blends in with American hip-hop, Jamaican reggae, Spanish singing and rapping and Latin-Carribean music.
'Legendary' is going to be Daddy Yankee’s first album in a decade and the rapper is excited and thrilled to share his experience of working in the industry for thirty-two years in the form of music with his dedicated fans and followers.
Daddy Yankee, who is famously known for songs including Gasolina, Despacito, Dura, etc., has been nominated four times for Grammy Awards and has won four Latin Grammy Awards in his career. The rapper was inducted into the Billboard Hall of Fame during last year’s ceremony of the Latin Billboard Music Awards.
With his collaboration with Luis Fonsi in "Despacito", Daddy Yankee became the first Latin artist to reach the number one spot on Spotify as the song went on to shatter every possible record and stayed at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 16 weeks. In 2018, Daddy Yankee told The Associated Press that even though people ignored him, he never stopped hustling and fighting.
Yankee added that he had to make big sacrifices, miss some of the most important moments with his family, learn about the preconceived notions of many people that did not open their doors for him, etc., but he kept going, and that’s how he became one of the most popular and celebrated rappers in the world of music.
Daddy Yankee is also going on a tour along with releasing a new album, 'Legendaddy' before he bids goodbye to music. The tour 'La Ultima Vuelta Tour' is scheduled to be held across the United States starting from August 10th, 2022 to December 10th, 2022. The rapper is going to make stops throughout South America and conclude the tour in Mexico.