As Daddy Yankee takes a bow from the music scene, he’s singing the praises of his higher power.
During his farewell concert in Puerto Rico, the reggaeton icon revealed he plans on devoting himself to his Christian faith following his retirement from the Latin genre. The show capped off Yankee’s touring career following his 2022 La Última Vuelta world tour.
"My people, this day for me is the most important day of my life. And I want to share it with you because living a life of success is not the same as living a life with purpose," said Yankee in Spanish, according to a clip of the concert shared on Instagram.
Despite the material wealth he accumulated with his success, the Puerto Rican rapper said his faith in Christ helped fill the “emptiness that I felt for a long time.”
“What good will it be for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” Yankee said, citing a Bible verse. "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."
Yankee -whose real name is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez- said he will use his resources as a public figure, such as his social media presence and the popularity of his music, to promote Christianity. He concluded his speech by encouraging fans to follow in his spiritual footsteps.
"To all the people who followed me, follow Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life," Yankee said. "Just like Jesus, with his mercy, allowed me to travel the world, in your mercy, Father, I hope you allow me to evangelize the world from Puerto Rico."
In 2004, Daddy Yankee released his international hit single "Gasolina," credited with introducing reggaeton to audiences worldwide and making the music genre a global phenomenon. Since then, he has sold around 30 million records, making him one of the best-selling Latin music artists.
The “Despacito” emcee shocked fans in March 2022 when he announced his retirement in a video posted to his official website. Yankee also announced the release of his final album "Legendaddy," released that same month, and the La Última Vuelta tour, which ran from July to December 2022.
Daddy Yankee joins the growing list of reggaetoneroturning away from secular music in favour of religion.