Daddy Yankee Announces Retirement From Music – Music News
Daddy Yankee retires from music.
The “Gasolina” rapper – often called the king of reggaeton – will hang up his mic after three decades and eight studio albums following the release of his latest tour and LP, “Legendaddy,” on March 24.
In a statement on YouTube, the 45-year-old Puerto Rican star – real name Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez – said: “This race, which has been a marathon, finally sees the finish line. Now I’m going to enjoy what you all gave me.
“People say I made this genre global, but it was you who gave me the key to open the doors to make it the biggest in the world.”
Yankee’s farewell record will be an amalgamation of all the styles that “defined” his career.
He added, “I’ll give you all the styles that have defined me on an album. ‘Legendaddy’ – it’s fight, it’s party, it’s war, it’s romance.”
The music star has sold over 30 million records and is best known for his 2004 hit “Gasolina,” which became the first reggaeton song to be nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
Yankee is leaving on a high after scoring a worldwide hit with ‘Despacito with Luis Fonsi in 2017.
A remix of the popular track featuring pop megastar Justin Bieber went on to top the charts in 10 countries.
Over a dazzling career, the Reggaeton icon has won an impressive array of accolades, including Latin Grammys, Billboard Music Awards, Latin American Music Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.
‘Legendaddy’ marks his first studio album since 2012’s ‘Prestige’.
His final tour will begin in Portland, Oregon on August 10.