Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, also known as Daddy Yankee or simply "DY", was born on February 3th, 1977, in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. He's known as the King of Reggaeton as has been active for over 20 years.
Growing up, Yankee aspired to be a professional baseball player, but was shot in his leg by a stray bullet while taking a break from a studio recording session with DJ Playero. He spent roughly one year and a half recovering from the wound, and the bullet was never removed.
In 1997, he collaborated on the song "The Profecy" with the American rapper Nas, who was an inspiration for him while growing up.
In 2004, Yankee had his first worldwide hit, "Gasolina", which introduced Reggaeton to audiences around the world. The album containing the song, "Barrio Fino, won the Latin Grammy for Best Urban Music Album, and became the bestselling Latin album of the 2000s. The album was popular in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and even Japan.
In 2006, "Time" magazine named Yankee one of the 100 most influential people in the world, citing the 2 Million copies of albums sold, his $20 Million contract with the record label Interscope, and an endorsement deal with Pepsi. Around that same time, he started a rivalry with the artist Don Omar, who refers to himself as "King of Kings".
In 2007, Yankee released the album "El Cartel: The Big Boss", which had collaborations with will.i.am, Fergie, Nicole Scherzinger, Akon, and many others.
Recently, he was featured on the worldwide hit "Despacito", by Luis Fonsi. The version featuring Justin Bieber quickly shot to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100. He's schedule to release his next album, "El Disco Duro", in 2017, and will include the hits "Sígueme y Te Sigo" and "Shaky Shaky".
Yankee is also known for having started his career alongside Nicky Jam, who was away from stardom for many years, and recently became very succesful as well.