'Gasolina' rapper Daddy Yankee quits music

'Gasolina' rapper Daddy Yankee quits music

Daddy Yankee has announced he is retiring from music.

The 'Gasolina' rapper will quit making music after three decades and eight studio albums, following the release of his final tour and LP, 'Legendaddy', on March 24th.

Speaking on YouTube, the 45-year-old Puerto Rican star - whose real name is Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez - said: "This race, which has been a marathon, finally sees the finish line. Now, I am going to enjoy what all of you have given me.

"People say that I made this genre worldwide, but it was you who gave me the key to open the doors to make it the biggest in the world."



His farewell release will be an amalgamation of all the styles that have "defined" his career.

He added: "I'll give you all the styles that have defined me on one album. 'Legendaddy' - it's fight, it's party, it's war, it's romance."



The star has had a pretty impressive career to date, selling more than 30 million records. The rapper is probably best known for his noughties Grammy-winning hit 'Gasolina' along with 'Despacito' in 2017. The hit with Luis Fonsi and Justin Bieber topped the chart in 10 countries, including here in Ireland.

During his colourful career, the Reggaeton icon has scored an impressive haul of silverware, including Latin Grammys, Billboard Music Awards, Latin American Music Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award.

His final tour starts in Oregan in the US on August 10th and his final album is set for release this week, on Thursday, March 24th.