NEW YORK (AP) — Daddy Yankee surprised fans by announcing his impending retirement from music with a farewell album and tour, more than three decades after beginning a career that put reggaeton on the world map with hits such as “Gasolina”, “Somos de Calle”, “Con Calma” and “Despacito”.
His success made him one of Latin music’s biggest idols and the winner of six Latin Grammy Awards.
“This career, which has been a marathon, I finally see the finish line,” the 45-year-old Puerto Rican star said in Spanish in a video posted Sunday evening on its website. “This genre, people tell me that I made it global, but it was you who gave me the key to open the doors to make this genre the biggest in the world.
“Today I officially announce my retirement from music offering you my best production and my best concert tour,” added Yankee, who released his 1995 debut album, “No Mercy,” and reached international fame a few years later with the emblematic “Quartier Fino.
Yankee, real name Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, will release “Legendaddy” on Thursday night, which he defined as “a collectible” that will include all the styles that have defined him. “‘Legendaddy’ is about struggle, party, war, romance,” he said of the album, his first in a decade since 2012’s “Prestige.”
This summer, he’ll kick off “La Última Vuelta” (meaning The Last Lap or The Last Lap), a 41-date tour that kicks off August 10 in Portland, Oregon, which will take him across the United States, Canada and Latin America, ending December 2 in Mexico City.
Pre-sale tickets will be available on Friday, while the general sale will begin on March 30.
“I have always worked not to disappoint you, to seek no trouble, with a lot of discipline, to be able to inspire children to be leaders, to dream of growth, not to think of limits and to work for their families. and their their people,” said the singer known as the “King of Reggaeton.”
“In the neighborhoods where we grew up, most of us wanted to be drug dealers. Today I go down to barrios and small villages and most of them want to be singers. It means a lot to me.”
He concluded by expressing his gratitude to his fans, colleagues, producers, broadcast media and the press, “and in particular you, who have been with me since the underground, since the roots, since the beginning of reggaeton”. .
In line: www.daddyyankee.com.
The Associated Press