Rapper Daddy Yankee Gives $1M in Relief Aid to Puerto Rico

Friday night was more than a concert at the Aragon Ballroom on Chicago's North Side for Puerto Rican rapper and reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee. Natalie Martinez reports.

(Published Friday, Sept. 22, 2017)

Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee has pledged $1 million to Hurricane Maria relief efforts on his native island.

He was born and raised in Puerto Rico and lives there full time. His real name is Ramon Rodriguez. He says in a statement he "felt the call" as a Puerto Rican to help.

The U.S. military visited the city of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, as the area is dealing with massive damage to buildings and homes, as well as electrical and water infrastructure, from Hurricane Maria. Other U.S. agencies like, the Coast Guard, FEMA, Red Cross, the Puerto Rican Emergency Management Agency and Puerto Rican police are also making their way through Humacao, Puerto Rico, bringing aid, meals and water with them. 

(Published Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017)

He says his long-term goal is to "work to ensure that the largest number of families on the island have a safe roof."

Rodriguez says the money will be split between Feeding America, the American Red Cross, Habitat For Humanity and local organizations. The money comes on top of 10 truckloads of supplies donated by fans at his concerts.

Daddy Yankee had a massive hit this year with singer Luis Fonsi in "Despacito."