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Daddy Yankee Says He Starts Living for Christ After Quitting Reggaeton

2023-12-04T17:26:43.686Z

Highlights: Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, known worldwide as Daddy Yankee (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 46 years old), announced in the early hours of Monday morning in his native country that he put an end to his artistic career. "A story is over and a new story is going to begin, a new beginning," that of living your life for Christ. The self-proclaimed 'The Boss' of reggaeton took advantage of the release of his latest album, Legendaddy, and his concert tour to give the news.


The famous reggaeton singer had already announced that he was leaving music after a series of five concerts that culminated in his country, Puerto Rico, where he took advantage of his last moments on stage to talk about his new faith: "Tonight I recognize and I am not ashamed to tell the whole world that Jesus lives in me and that I will live for Him"


As he had already said beforehand, the artist Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, known worldwide as Daddy Yankee (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 46 years old), announced in the early hours of Monday morning in his native country, at the end of his fifth (and last) concert of his tour, that he put an end to his artistic career: "A story is over and a new story is going to begin, a new beginning," that of living your life for Christ.

"My people, this day for me is the most important day of my life. And I want to share it with you, because it's not the same to live a life of success as a life with purpose," the reggaeton singer began by saying in a message of almost three minutes, after concluding the show in front of thousands of people at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, in the city of San Juan. "For a long time I tried to fill a void in my life that no one could fill. I was trying to fill in and find meaning in my life. At times I seemed to be very happy, but something was missing to make me whole. And I have to confess that those days are over," continued the artist, who said that "someone was able to fill that void that I felt for a long time" and recognized "that for everyone I was someone, but I was nothing without Him." He was referring to Jesus Christ.

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"I was able to travel the world for years, win many awards, applause and praise, but I realized something that the Bible says: 'What is it to gain a man the whole world if he loses his soul?'" he continued in preacher mode. "That is why, tonight, I acknowledge and am not ashamed to tell the whole world that Jesus lives in me and that I will live for Him." "The Bible says that everyone who recognizes him in public, here on earth, will also recognize him before my Father. Now, the one who knows me as Daddy Yankee, let him say, 'Daddy Yankee believes in Christ, Raymond Ayala in Puerto Rico. A story is over and a new story is going to begin, a new beginning," he said.

The creator of hits such as Donde están las gatas or the much more iconic song Gasolina, said that "a story is over and a new story is going to begin." He also assured that "all the tools I have in my possession, such as music, social networks, platforms, a microphone, everything that Jesus gave me, is now for the kingdom." He ended by thanking his audience and encouraging them to "walk" with him: "I hope that something very important is recorded for them. Do not follow any man. I am a human. To all the people who followed me, follow Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life." He ended his message with an emphatic: "I've finally made it to the finish line! I am free. Amen."

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It was in March 2022 when the Puerto Rican announced his retirement. The self-proclaimed 'The Boss' of reggaeton took advantage of the release of his latest album, Legendaddy, and his concert tour to give the news: "This race, which has been a marathon, I finally see the finish line. Now I'm going to enjoy with all of you what you've given me, what you've given me," the singer explained in a video he shared on his social networks. At that time he launched a message of thanks to his followers and talked about the musical genre with which he had known success, but he did not talk about his faith: "In this genre, people say that I made it global, but it was you who opened the key for me to open the doors to turn this genre into the biggest in the world." To his fans, he dedicated a few words of farewell: "I always worked not to fail them, not to ask for problems, with a lot of discipline, to be able to inspire all the [young] kids to be leaders, to dream of growing, not to think about limitations and to work for their family and for their own," he reflected.

The artist's musical career began with the album Playero 34, by music producer DJ Playero, and where the word reggaeton was heard for the first time. Later, with his vision of taking the genre to another level, he continued to participate in other productions and, in addition, he joined in a duet with Nicky Jam, releasing his album, Haciendo escante. However, the duo broke up and Yankee released in 2004 Barrio Fino, which included the song Gasolina, which catapulted him to worldwide fame.

Daddy Yankee went on to release several albums, including El Cartel: The Big Boss, Mundial, and Prestige. At the end of 2017 he released Despacito, together with singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi, one of the most listened to songs of recent years.


Source: elparis

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