Daddy Yankee, the leader of the Latin urban music that captivated the world with club hits, is now making a conscious statement with a new song.
Yankee’s conscious Spanish rap, “Palabras Con Sentido” (Meaningful Words), which premiered on his YouTube channel and has garnered more than 1.4 million views in a week, argues that reggaeton is not responsible for the ills of Puerto Rico (the country that birthed the musical genre).
On Yankee’s new song, he calls his first verse “Las victimas” (The victims) and lyrically showcases the police brutality the youths go through just for listening to urban music. “I remember like yesterday for just listening to music they would treat you like a criminal/ they’ll arrest you violating your rights” the song says.
In Yankee’s website, his social media and now his song he continues to defend and argue with critics who say that the popular Latin urban music genre exploits sex, drugs and crimes. Daddy Yankee says that it’s not true; instead it’s the government that criminalizes the youths with a horrible educational system.
Yankee writes in his website:
It can transform the reality of a country through urban music because this music, like any other, causing social transformation. Urban music, considered part of Puerto Rican culture is growing and exceeds between supporters and detractors, often victims of our system.
“People are creating spaces and is appropriating education because they do not trust the school system. Thousands of children and young people are today in the streets uneducated victims of society and discrimination