“Without any doubt, my inspiration for ‘El Pony’ is Ismael Rivera. In 1957, he released his version of ‘El Caballito’»- Daddy Yankee
Upholding an unbeatable hot streak, global superstar, music entrepreneur and Reggaeton icon Daddy Yankee unleashes a new track and video “EL PONY” today via El Cartel Records/Republic Records/Universal Music Group.
The track, which is produced by Daddy Yankee, Chris Jedi, Gaby Music and Dimelo Ninow, gallops right out of the gate with a fast and furious beat as Daddy Yankee keeps up with spitfire verses. Meanwhile, the song leans into a reggaeton bounce as he delivers the unshakable and undeniable hook. The video directed by Daniel Durán for 2 Wolves Films and filmed in Miami, FL. kinetically jumps from vibrant settings with dancers taking over a stable, a carousel, and even riding unicorns through the clouds as the superstar dominates each frame.
“Without any doubt, my inspiration for ‘El Pony’ is Ismael Rivera. In 1957, he released his version of ‘El Caballito,’ so I’ve been listening to this song since I was a young boy. Ismael Rivera inspired the concept behind this song, but I wanted to update it with this generation’s language and reggaeton style. It’s not the same genre, but it’s certainly the same theme that Ismael Rivera and Cortijo did. I wanted to reunite all my ideas and their legendary style and song into ‘El Pony’ and that’s what we managed to accomplish,» Daddy Yankee expressed.
“EL PONY” paves the way for more music to come from Daddy Yankee as he continues to heat up 2021.
Daddy Yankee is widely recognized for leading and elevating Reggaeton into a global cultural and musical phenomenon, which has fueled an explosion in popularity for Latin music around the world. With a career that transcends language, geography and demographics, Daddy Yankee is one of the most popular and followed artists in the world today, with more than 60 million followers across social media and more than 7 billion streams in the last 12 months alone on YouTube, where he is among the Top 20 Global Artists. He has additionally sold more than 17 million albums, charted 50 hit songs on Billboard charts and he is the only Latin Artist with four Spanish-language songs to reach the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100.
Daddy Yankee remains one of the most recognized and influential names in the Urbano Latino space. He was named one of the most influential Hispanics in the world by both CNN and Time Magazine. Daddy Yankee is considered the King of Reggaeton and one of the founders of the global movement. He continues to reign with the global success of «Despacito,» which was named the most streamed song and the most watched video of all time. In 2018, his single «Dura» was the 2nd Most Watched Video in 2018 and in 2019, «Con Calma» marked the number «Most Watched» video globally on YouTube. He was also named Billboard Magazine’s Top Latin Artist of 2017. Other global hits by Daddy Yankee are «Gasolina,» «Rompe,» «Limbo» and «Que Tire Pa’ Lante.»
Yankee’s philanthropic work through «Daddy’s House» has been recognized by Billboard with the Spirit of Hope Award. Among his many accomplishments, Yankee has also received over 100 awards including Latin Music Billboard Awards, Latin GRAMMYs, American Music Awards, Latin American Music Awards, among others. In 2014 Daddy Yankee was also honored with the ASCAP «Voice of Music Award.»