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December 18, 2017

I don’t know what this dude who maybe got his name from a patriotic children’s rhyme is saying, but I just want to move.

2017. Or as it probably should be called: 2017 featuring Daddy Yankee. It was quite the year for featuring the reggaeton star. Let’s take a look back at the biggest hits to do so:

“Despacito”- Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee


The biggest hit of the year? The biggest hit of any year?

“Despacito (Remix)” - Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber

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Now featuring Puerto Rico’s biggest star AND Canada’s biggest star? The world never stood a chance.

“Brahms: The Symphonies” – Boston Symphony Orchestra featuring Daddy Yankee


Conductor Andris Nelsons brings out the vibrant character of Brahms to its fullest, but it’s the intermittent verses from Daddy Yankee, seated in the back of the cello section, that may be unintelligible to English speakers but kind of sound like he’s saying the word “Domino” a lot that make this a certified banger.

“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” – Metropolitan Museum of Art featuring Daddy Yankee


The popular Met exhibition features over one hundred drawings from the Renaissance great, three marble sculptures, his earliest surviving painting, and also Daddy Yankee, who stands beside the painting and does an awkward little dance mostly involving him grabbing the brim of his cap.

“Cat Person” – Kristen Roupenian featuring Daddy Yankee

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The New Yorker story touched a raw nerve with its unsettling themes about intimacy, communication, and gender in modern dating that are more relevant than ever in this cultural moment. Then Daddy Yankee comes in at the end of the story, and suddenly the tone is like “I don’t know what this dude who maybe got his name from a patriotic children’s rhyme is saying, but I just want to move.”

“Despacito (Remix (Remix)) – Daddy Yankee featuring Daddy Yankee

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Wait, where did Luis Fonsi go? And how is Daddy Yankee interrupting Daddy Yankee? I can’t understand the first Daddy, and I definitely don’t know what the second one is saying. Are there now two Daddy Yankees? Daddies Yankee? This is very confusing. This is how they do it down in Puerto Rico.