Birth Name: Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez
Place of Birth: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Date of Birth: February 3, 1977
Ethnicity: Puerto Rican [African, Spanish, possibly Taíno]
Daddy Yankee is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, and record producer. He is known for the song Despacito (2017), with Luis Fonsi and, in some versions, Justin Bieber. He is known as “King of Reggaetón.”
He is the son of Rosa María Rodríguez and Ramón Ayala Class. He is married to Mireddys González, with whom he has three children.
Daddy Yankee’s paternal grandfather was Porto Ayala y Ayala (the son of Elias Ayala y Trinidad and Senona Ayala y Caraballo). Porto was listed as “mulatto” on civil records. Elias was the son of José Ayala y Calderón and Estefania Trinidad y Pérez. Senona was the daughter of Juan Ayala y Calderón and Eugenia Caraballo y Hernández. José and Juan were brothers, making Elias and Senona first cousins.
Daddy Yankee’s paternal grandmother was Altagracia Class y Aponte (the daughter of José Class y González and Natalia Aponte). Altagracia was listed as “white” on civil records. José was the son of José del Carmen “Carmelo” Class y Adorno and María Celestina González y Adorno. Natalia was the daughter of Narciso Labrador y Fontánez and Catalina Aponte y Morales.
Sources: Death record of Daddy Yankee’s paternal grandfather, Porto Ayala y Ayala – https://familysearch.org
Daddy Yankee’s paternal grandmother, Altagracia Class y Aponte, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Daddy Yankee’s paternal great-grandparents, José Class y González and Natalia Aponte – https://familysearch.org
I always knew he was black just by listening to his music.
“Class” sounds Anglo or Germanic last name
Apparently it’s a surname of Dutch/Flemish origin (from “Classen” and other versions) who entered to PR through Saint Thomas in Virgin Islands: https://www.preb.com/geneal2/ponencia.htm
Yep; it’s usually a different spelling for Klass, which is very German.
He makes really really good music thats from the African part lol. He has really good rythym. I knew there had to be African in there recent.
He is triracial like most Puerto Ricans. That’s why he makes good music, because he is PR
His father looks mulatto http://spc.fotolog.com/photo/28/21/126/cartel_records/1241368112199_f.jpg
Here is one of his grandmother who looks mostly European http://www.univision.com/entretenimiento/chismes/daddy-yankee-presento-a-su-abuela