An Open Letter To Daddy Yankee For His Birthday

Daddy Yankee has had a long lasting impact on, not only, the industry but so many fans. One of them being me. Here’s a letter from me to him for his birthday.

Michelle Mayancela

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: February 3rd, 2021 12:55 pm pst

Maria Menounos
Keven Undergaro
AfterBuzz TV Founders

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, AfterBuzz TV is the artist-friendly entertainment news platform that celebrates, discusses, interviews, promotes and reports on the widest range of stars, creators and content through video, audio and article publications.

An Open Letter To Daddy Yankee For His Birthday

Credit: Daddy Yankee, UMG

It was the first saturday in our new home. My parents had just bought this house on the North West side of Chicago after years and years of hard work. Naturally, I assumed we would be able to sleep in since we spent the entire week unpacking. I was wrong.

I was quickly awakened by the dulcet sounds of ‘Gasolina’ playing on full volume with my mom yelling at me to wake up to start cleaning the house. This became a weekly routine. The only difference would be what song would be playing first but the playlist stayed the same. One week it was ‘Tu Principe’ and another week it was ‘Pose’, but it always started off with you.

My mom was the reason I listened to reggaeton, more specifically she’s the reason why I heard your music. She spoke to me about you and let me know how important you were in her life. As she did that, I began to admire you. 

Reggaeton is what it is today because of you. You paved the way for so many artists that are killing it right now. You’re viewed as the ‘King Of Reggaeton’ however, you never let that get to your head. You have remained humbled despite all the accolades, fame, and money you have accumulated throughout your career. You never forget where you came from and always proudly rep where your country of Puerto Rico. For those reasons, I admire you. I admire your strength, your perseverance, and how you never let anything set you back. 

For my mom, you represented hope. She came to this country with a dream but she had no idea if she would be able to do it. Your music and your story fueled her, and now they fuel me. One of the biggest takeaways from your music and the reggaeton genre as a whole is that it made me so proud to be Latina. More so, it inspired me to pursue my career path in the entertainment industry.

Happy Birthday, Daddy Yankee!


About The Author:

Michelle Mayancela is a bilingual student from Chicago, Illinois pursuing a degree in communications. She hopes to work one day in the entertainment industry hosting and producing content. She’s an avid fan of Reggaeton music and loves discovering new artists in the genre. On her free time, she enjoys watching Big Brother, wrestling, and horror movies with her dog.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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