Daddy Yankee Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, and Career.
Daddy Yankee Net Worth 2020 – Daddy is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, and record producer. He is well known as the “King of Reggaetón” by music critics and fans alike. Besides that, he is one of the musicians who first fused different styles of music to create and popularize a new genre of music.
Biography – Early Life/Education
He was born as Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez on February 3, 1977, in Río Piedras, the largest district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. His father was a salsa percussionist, otherwise known as bongosero, and while his mother was a manicurist, she came from a family of musicians.
Daddy Yankee and his brother, Nomar, had been exposed to music since they were children, as their father would often perform in front of them. Daddy Yankee started singing and rapping at the age of 13, with a special focus on lyrical improvisation.
He later became interested in reggaetón, Spanish-language dancehall reggae, and was immensely influenced by the style of Vico C, and often imitated artists like DJ Playero, DJ Nelson, and DJ Drako.
While this type of music was not widely popular at that time, San Juan DJs used to mix hip-hop, dancehall, and freestyle rap, which was particularly loved by the local audience.
As a teenager, he aspired to be a professional Major League Baseball player and was all set to get signed by the Seattle Mariners.
However, his baseball dreams were shattered after he sustained two bullet wounds from an AK-47 after being caught in the crossfire of a barrio gun battle.
He became interested in reggaetón, Spanish-language dancehall reggae, and was immensely influenced by the style of Vico C, and often imitated artists like DJ Playero, DJ Nelson, and DJ Drako.
Similarly, he got the opportunity to fully focus on his music career. On April 2, 1995, with the help of Playero, he also released his first mixtape as a solo artist, ‘No Mercy’, from White Lion Records and BM Records.
During 2001, he also followed up with another independent release, ‘El Cartel II’. Similarly, as a teenager, he aspired to be a professional Major League Baseball player and was all set to get signed by the Seattle Mariners.
Likewise, he earned recognition from urban music fans in Miami and New York with his second studio album ‘El Cangri.com’, which released on June 20, 2002, and touched on issues like terrorism, corruption, and religion.
Similarly, he followed his first international success, he collaborated with renowned reggaeton singers and producers Luny Tunes in the album ‘Mas Flow’ in 2003. In the same year, he also released the top-ten compilation album ‘Los Homerun-es’.
Besides that, he signed a record deal with Interscope Records in 2005, after Jimmy Iovine, the president of the label, met him in person in Puerto Rico. Similarly, he also released his next studio album, ‘El Cartel: The Big Boss’, from Interscope on June 5, 2007.
The album brought together a number of pop-rap hit-makers including Scott Storch, William, Luny Tunes, Tainy, Akon, and Mr. Collipark. Likewise, he also released his next studio album ‘Mundial’ on April 27, 2010, led by the single ‘Grito Mundial’. Currently, he is working on his next studio album ‘El Disco Duro’.
His net worth is around $ 30 million.