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Daddy Yankee Might Be Retiring This Year — & Fans Aren’t Ready

Fans of Daddy Yankee are wondering if the “King of Reggaetón” is hanging it up once 2022 is over. Late last week, the Puerto Rican music star announced on his Instagram account that this year he would be going his “last world tour” and asked his followers which countries he should visit on #LaUltimaVuelta.

“Con este video revivo mi última presentación,” Yankee wrote. “Debido a la pandemia no pude presentársela al mundo en persona. Este año 2022 daré mi última ronda en el [mundo]. En qué país me esperan? #LaUltimaVuelta #DaddyYankee #Mrsoldout.” Yankee also posted an emoji of a goat to seemingly signify the saying: Greatest of All Time.

Many folks are already planning for his possible retirement and their attendance at his tour in support of the legendary artist. These responses comes as no surprise given Daddy Yankee’s impact on the music industry. Since coming into the scene in 1994, Daddy Yankee has been considered a pioneer in the genre of reggaeton. In 2004, Yankee’s track “Gasolina” from his album Barrio Fina was the first reggaetón song ever nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Last year, it was ranked No. 50 by Rolling Stone magazine in its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

This year, Yankee was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards. He also made headlines when he “resurrected” reggaetón after fellow artist El Chombo deemed it dead; he collaborated with Sech and J Balvin on a remix of Sech’s original song “Sal y Perrea;” and even bought a baseball team.

If Yankee does retire after this year, maybe we’ll see him hanging out more in the dugout during the season.