Daddy Yankee on the Mamis of Calle Ocho: "Most Beautiful Women in the World"

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Do the "Limbo" with Daddy Yankee.

Daddy Yankee is more than just a shade-bearing reggeatonero with a passion for mujeres Latinas ... The Puerto Rican papi runs a frickin' empire.

The Big Boss is head of El Cartel Records. He peddles his own El Cartel tequila and DY fragrance line. He's even the commissioner of the NBC's latest MMA reality show, Combate Americas, on mun2.

But the most, say, interesting business venture Daddy Yankee has wandered into is the gaming biz. Last November, el Cangri launched Trylogy, a video game starring el cantante himself, where he fights villains in outer space, one sexy dancer at a time.

The Big Daddy took some time off from "saving the planet" to chat with Crossfade about his upcoming gig on Sunday as King of Calle Ocho. Here's what el Máximo Líder had to say about Trylogy, las nenas de Miami, and America's largest street bash.

See also: The Mamis of Calle Ocho 2013 Talk Bros, Ratchets, and Pitbull

Crossfade: I'll start off by congratulating you on King Daddy, it debuted at #1 on iTunes the same day it was released.
Daddy Yankee: Thank you.

What's different about this album is that it was released digitally, making it the first digital-only album to be released in the Latin music industry. What made you wanna do that and why do you think it's been so successful?
Number one, because we move forward to the present, but also I wanted to teach everybody to go to this platform and buy music from it because I know little by little, that's gonna be our present for the Latin audience. The American audience is buying everything digitally right now, but not the Latin audience. When you go to Mexico, Latin America, and some parts of the Caribbean, they're still buying records. But if I know I have everybody buying music digitally, the numbers are gonna be bigger.

Did you ever imagine when you started your career back in '95, that you would be named one of the most influential Hispanics in the world by CNN and Time, and be the winner of two Latin Grammys, among other awards?
Never in my life did I dream that, but right now, I'm living it. I'm grateful and it's a great honor for me and I feel blessed. I can't think of better word that describes how I feel.

When did you know you were gonna be a big reggeaton star?
You know, there's a thing that I tell everyone who asks me that. I grew up in the rap era and I know rap back in the day, in the American market, they didn't take it seriously, but now it's a big culture even 30 years. When I had the same format but in Spanish, I knew that the same thing was gonna happen with us in the Latin market. That's the urban and street market. I knew I was gonna have success, but not on a global status. I wasn't expecting that kind of success.

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Calle Ocho

Corner of SW 8th St. and 10th Ave., Miami, FL

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29 comments
Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

He's pumping hard core payola cash to try and jump start his career

Lex Dillinger
Lex Dillinger

Yup. There is no reason I should have a girlfriend as hot as mine ... Yet here we are. Thanks Miami !

John Nunez
John Nunez

^^ buncha haters. It's true miami sure does. But along with that territory does come the std situation.

Kzm Ufc
Kzm Ufc

I agree...but only during WMC. Which means they all arrive from elsewhere.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

All metropolitan, cosmopolitan, diverse, port cities in the world have large assortments of beautiful people. Its a fact! If Daddy likes his audience , that's all for the better!

Mike Montero
Mike Montero

Truism. One doesn't have to be a Yankee Daddy, or even know what that is to realize that Miami contains the highest percentage of beautiful women inside a single county.

Corally Carmona
Corally Carmona

Awwww... Jessy! He knows. He told me he was going to say that to get a nice big crowd for Calle 8! Lol

Osmin Head Morales
Osmin Head Morales

Miami has the finest bitches, cause all the finest bitches come from the Caribbean

Mark Garcia
Mark Garcia

Puerto Rico has the most the most beautiful women. I think they have a factory...

Curt Notree
Curt Notree

Women everywhere are beautiful.... because im happy, clap yo hands if you feel...

Lucy Patrón Gonzalez
Lucy Patrón Gonzalez

I think there are many beautiful women in Miami. It's a melting pot of cultures and you see light skinned, dark skinned, blondes, redheads...and the one that looks the MOST Hispanic is Anglo and vice versa. I think what makes Miami women beautiful is the diversity in looks and cultures.

Betty Perez
Betty Perez

He's not the first person to say that.

Katt Miles
Katt Miles

Most the women there aren't even from there!!!

Jo Lamar
Jo Lamar

We have the highest HIV & Aides rate too in the U.S.

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