Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee, who is considered one of the pioneers of reggaeton, made history with 10 shows sold in his return to the island after a twelve year absence. (Gabriel López Albarrán / The Weekly Journal)

After selling more than 11 million albums, and acquiring over 50 million followers on social media, Daddy Yankee’s “Con Calma” show at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum delighted with a journey through the hits of his almost 30-year career.

Daddy Yankee, who is considered one of the pioneers of reggaeton, made history with 10 shows sold in his return to the island after a twelve year absence.

The urban superstar spared no expense; investing in lights, 3D screens, platforms, pyrotechnic effects and technology to put on one of the most remarkable concerts in San Juan.

The “Big Boss”, as he is also known, kicked off the show with an impressive 3D image of a plane descending and landing on the stage, singing the songs “Jefe” and “Que tire pa’ lante” followed by the international hit “Rompe”.

The 42-year-old is so proud of his beginnings at Villa Kennedy that he projected a 3D image of the San Juan public-housing project on the stage while singing a medley of songs with DJ Playero, one of the first reggaeton producers in Puerto Rico. Back in the 90s, DJ Playero made tapes that featured young freestylers and reggaeton artists like Daddy Yankee.

At the first three highly danceable shows, he featured Ozuna, Wisin and Yandel, Luis Fonsi and Miss Universe 2006, Zuleyka Rivera; with the last two joining him to sing and dance “Despacito”. Bad Bunny, Zion and Lennox and Nicky Jam recorded videos of collaborations with Daddy Yankee which he displayed on a giant screen.

Daddy Yankee’s verbal wizardry further impressed youngsters and adults while the star sang “Somos de la Calle” from a descending platform in the middle of the coliseum.

Still setting records, ever humble and thankful, the 25-year-old Billboard Award-Winning artist who in 2018 had a breakthrough year and became one of the top 10 most streamed artists worldwide takes over the DR in a majestic way

During the song “Con Calma”, there was a giant Daddy Yankee cartoon playing while bubble heads attired in the star’s many looks danced.

“It was my turn to open doors,” Daddy Yankee said after adding, “many did not know where Puerto Rico is and found out when they learned about reggaeton.”

Although a shooting at the coliseum was reported five hours after his third show on Saturday night, Dec. 7, there where no deaths or injuries reported and Daddy Yankee was able to continue his concert series without further security incidents.

“Hey, I know you got up to several news this morning, but nothing can damage the Merry Christmas we’re going to have here. To the people who vandalized the coliseum I say: they are still our brothers and we forgive them,” said Daddy Yankee last Sunday night, Dec.8.

As of press time, the Department of Public Safety doesn’t have any suspects in regards to the shooting and continue investigating.

After the two-and-a-half-hour show, Daddy Yankee closed his concert with “Gasolina” a kind of party anthem written in 2003 by him and reggaeton artist Eddie Dee, with help from a duo of dynamic reggaeton producers known as Luny Tunes.

Produced by Rafael Pina, “Con Calma” is set to continue on Thursday, Dec. 12 and is scheduled to wrap up two days before the year ends with a record 10 shows at San Juan’s most important venue.

The “Con Calma” tour record confirms that, without a doubt, Daddy Yankee has become an icon of Puerto Rican pride.

Managing Editor for The Weekly Journal. She has 14 years of experience as a print and radio reporter, news editor and TV anchor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.

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