CV NEWS FEED // Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee says he is retiring from the music industry after realizing “living a successful life is not the same as living a purposeful life.”
The 46-year-old “King of Reggaeton,” whose real name is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, is considered a pioneer of the reggaeton genre.
He earned international acclaim when he released his hit single “Gasolina” in 2004 and has enjoyed a successful music career spanning three decades.
In 2017, he collaborated with fellow Puerto Rican Luis Fonsi in “Despacito,” a record-breaking single that came to be YouTube’s second-most-streamed video of all time.
At his final concert in Puerto Rico on Sunday, the singer shared with the crowd:
For a long time I’ve tried filling a hole in my life that no one could fill. I tried to fill it and find a purpose in my life … On many occasions it seemed as if I was happy but something was missing for me to feel complete. I have to tell you that those days are over, somebody has been able to fill the hole that I was feeling for so long.
“I am not ashamed to tell the whole world that Jesus lives in me and that I will live for him,” Daddy Yankee said. “All of the tools that I have in my possession such as music, social networks, platforms, a microphone – everything that Jesus gave me – are now for the kingdom.”
As Sachin Jose reported, Daddy Yankee also imparted an important piece of wisdom to his fans:
Thank you, Puerto Rico, and I hope you walk with me in this new beginning and I hope you remember something very important: Don’t follow any person. I am human. To all the people who follow me, follow Jesus Christ. He’s the way, the truth, and the life.