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Daddy Yankee

Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez (born February 3, 1977), known by his stage name Daddy Yankee, is a Puerto Rican singer, rapper, songwriter, actor and record producer. Ayala was born in Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was raised in the neighborhood of Villa Kennedy Housing Projects.[6] He is known as the “King of Reggeatón“.[7]

Ayala aspired to be a professional baseball player, and tried out for the Seattle Mariners of the Major League Baseball.[6] Before he could be officially signed, he was hit by a stray round from an AK-47 rifle while taking a break from a studio recording session with reggaeton mix tape icon DJ Playero.[6] Ayala spent roughly one and a half years recovering from the wound; the bullet was never removed from his hip, and he credits the shooting incident with allowing him to focus entirely on a music career.[6] Since then, he has sold over 18 million albums.[8]

Daddy Yankee first appeared on the 1992 DJ Playero‘s Mixtape, Playero 34, with the song “So’ Persigueme, No Te Detengas”.[9][10] Ayala was originally going to become a professional baseball player but he was shot in his leg while taking a break from a studio recording session.

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