“Despacito” isn’t Daddy Yankee’s first global hit. A little over a decade ago, he popularized reggaeton at a global scale with “Gasolina,” a song that didn’t have the benefit of a big video, a big budget or major label distribution.
In this week’s Latin Connection Podcast, we caught up with Yankee as “Despacito” enters it’s 14th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“I was in Israel, I was in Poland, I was in Belgium, in France, in Italy, and people were singing our songs,” he says. “It was an amazing feeling. I remember back in the day we were the guys singing the songs by American artists and we didn’t know what they were saying. Right now, we’re receiving the same feedback they had back in the day.”