After six years of global success, marked by the sensational hit “Despacito,” Daddy Yankee, the Puerto Rican rapper born as Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, has stunned fans by announcing his retirement from the music industry. Known for chart-toppers like “Gasolina” and “Limbo,” Daddy Yankee recently concluded his La Meta (The Goal) tour with a surprising revelation during his last show in Puerto Rico on December 3.
Addressing the crowd in Spanish, Daddy Yankee expressed the significance of the day, stating, “My people, this day for me is the most important day of my life.” He shared his realization that living a successful life is distinct from living a purposeful life, confessing that he had felt unfulfilled despite global acclaim.
Citing a Bible verse, Daddy Yankee posed a reflective question to the audience: “What good will it be for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” This introspection led him to a life-altering decision. “That is why 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,” proclaimed the rapper.
Announcing a ‘new beginning,’ Daddy Yankee disclosed his intention to go by his birth name, Ramón Ayala. He declared a shift in purpose, dedicating all his talents and platforms, including music, social networks, and his microphone, to the service of Jesus. Expressing gratitude to Puerto Rico, he invited his followers to join him on this spiritual journey.
“All the tools that I have in my possession such as music, social networks, platforms, a microphone – everything that Jesus gave me, is now for his kingdom,” he affirmed. “Thank you very much, Puerto Rico, and I hope that you walk with me in this new beginning. To all the people who followed me, follow Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life.”
Sharing the news on Instagram, Daddy Yankee wrote: “Family: This day for me is the most important day in my life… Tonight I recognize and am not ashamed to tell the whole world that Christ lives in me and that I will live for him. This is the end of one chapter and the beginning of a brand new one.”
The conclusion of Daddy Yankee’s show was marked by a symbolic display as dozens of drones outside the arena formed the shape of a cross, accompanied by the words ‘Cristo viene’ (‘Christ will come’). Despite hints of his Christian faith in past interviews, the announcement of his retirement from music caught many fans off guard, prompting reactions like, “I did not have Daddy Yankee giving up reggaeton for Jesus on my 2023 bingo card.”