Daddy Yankee
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Daddy Yankee is retiring this year – but not without performing around the world, and letting know why he’s saying goodbye to the stages first. 

If you follow the “King of Reggaeton”’s career, you know he’s currently touring his “La Última Vuelta Tour.” He’s performing one of his last U.S. dates tonight (September 20) in New York. He will then continue to Latin America, with tour stops in Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru, to name a few. In December, Daddy Yankee will return to perform his final U.S. dates that wrap up in Miami on the 22nd before officially being done with tours.

Simultaneously, he’s talking to the press about his accomplishments, his incredible story as one of the genre’s pioneers, and his future before he goes MIA. In a recent digital cover story for Rolling Stone – and their first Latin digital issue ever – he talked about his upbringing, his musical trajectory, and the reasons for his retirement.

For many, Daddy Yankee’s retirement was shocking, but it turns out, like many people’s life-altering decisions, it stemmed from the global pandemic. He cited the pandemic as being his eye-opener. “I was like, ‘It’s my turn to live instead of working, working, and working,” he told Rolling Stone’s senior music editor Julyssa Lopez. “When I got into that reflective state, I said, ‘I need to live, too. I need an opportunity to actually enjoy everything I’ve achieved. I’m healthy, I’m good, I’m young.’” After all, he’s been working endlessly for over three decades in the music industry.

“It was always my goal to carry the banner and lead, and then have other people keep going,” he expressed about reggaeton’s future. “Everything that’s happening with Bad Bunny is incredible. What’s happening with Karol G, incredible, with Sech, with Rauw Alejandro, with Myke Towers. There are the new kids and also the new veterans, like Balvin, Maluma, Ozuna, and Anuel AA. They’ve done a remarkable job.”

Will the reggaeton pioneer come back after this final world tour? He says he doesn’t have a plan for it – so if you’re a die-hard fan, catch him while you can!
The full digital cover story is now available on the magazine’s official website.