10 Things You Might Not Know About Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee, Latino celebrity[EDITOR’S NOTE: Part of a series devoted to Mamiverse attending Festival People en So, you say you’re a Daddy Yankee fan? Test your knowledge of the Reggaeton king’s life and music with our list of the 10 things you might not know about Daddy Yankee:

1. His real name is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez.

2. His stage name is derived from Puerto Rican slang: a “Yankee” is someone tall, or a big shot in his field. His other nicknames include: King Daddy, El Jefe, The Big Boss and El Cangri.

3. He turned to music after a stray round from an AK47 landed him in the hospital for more than a year, and ended his hopes for a career in professional baseball. He still carries a bullet in his hip.

4. The undisputed king of Reggaeton has said that if it weren’t for music, he’d be “dead or in jail”.

5. He is notoriously private about his wife and children, and does not like them to be photographed by paparazzi.

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6. In 2010, he guest-starred as himself on six episodes of the CBS daytime series, The Bold and the Beautiful.

7. In 2008, he endorsed Republican candidate John McCain for president, saying McCain was “a fighter for the Hispanic community”. No word yet on whether he plans to endorse Mitt Romney.

8. In 2009, Yankee was the recipient of Billboard’s Spirit of Hope Award for his humanitarian work with his charity, Corazón Guerrero, which works to improve education and quality of life for thousands of under served kids in Puerto Rico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.

9. He starred in 2008’s Talento de Barrio, a film loosely-based on his early years in a Puerto Rican housing project. It became the highest-grossing Puerto Rican film ever.

10. Daddy Yankee’s 2004 breakthrough hit, Gasolina, made the Top 10 music charts in Austria, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Norway and the U.K. In the U.S. it peaked at #10 on Billboard’s Top 10 Rap Songs.

So, how did you do? If you already knew eight or more of these Daddy Yankee facts, you deserve a backstage pass! Five or more? Respectable, but not enough to get you past the V.I.P. rope. Fewer than five? Brush up on your Daddy Yankee knowledge before he takes the stage in San Antonio during the People in Español Music Festival.

Mamiverse is thrilled to attend Festival People en Español presented by Target, an event celebrating Hispanic entertainment, culture and community. We are hosting three Twitter parties this week and Tweeting Festival related content with the hashtag #TargetAtFestival. The participant who tweets and retweets the most using the hashtag #TargetAtFestival including a link to our Twitter party events on FB, or a link to one of our People en Español-related articles from today through the end of the Festival by midnight September 2 will receive a $100 giftcard. Join in our Twitter Extravaganza! Click here to RSVP.