Daddy Yankee Quits Music, Will Devote Life to Christ

( – Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez was a Puerto Rican songwriter and rapper known to his millions of fans as Daddy Yankee. He was dubbed the “King of Reggaeton” by his fans and inspired other Latin urban performers during his nearly 30 years as a performing artist. He recently quit music, opting to devote the remainder of his life to Jesus Christ.

In March 2022, Rodríguez released his seventh and final album, Legendaddy, his first studio album in a decade. He also announced that he would launch a new world tour in 2023 to promote the album and retire at the conclusion of the La Meta concert series.

Rodriguez performed his final concert on December 4 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, Puerto Rico’s largest indoor concert arena. He told his adoring fans it was the “most important day of his life” because he could recognize and say to the world, “Christ lives in me.” Likewise, he told the audience he would live for Christ.

Rodríguez said the conclusion of his music career marked the end of one chapter in his life and the beginning of a “brand new one.”

Rodríguez concluded his farewell concert by quoting the Book of Matthew, Chapter 16, verses 26 to 27. An enduring and influential passage, it discussed the importance of following the Gospel. “For what good is it for a man to gain the whole world, if he loses his life?” the passage states.

Throughout his career, Rodríguez supported conservative causes in Puerto Rico and endorsed the 2008 Republican nominee, the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ). He also lent support to several charity operations. For instance, he donated $100,000 to the Puerto Rico Food Bank in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Rodríguez is one of the most successful Latin music artists, selling roughly 30 million albums globally. He received several Billboard Music Awards, holding the largest number among Latin artists, and the Latin American Music Awards prestigious Icon Award.

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