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Latin Billboards 2016: Daddy Yankee and Don Omar “Clash of the Titans”?

The Clash of the Titans panel at the Latin Billboards featured Don Omar and Daddy Yankee.

Reggaeton superstars Daddy Yankee and Don Omar are no strangers to controversy and rumors involving rifts between the two have been rampant on social media and the internet for years. However, during their joint appearance on the “Clash of the Titans” panel at the 2016 Latin Billboards Conference – which marked the first time both rappers shared the stage on a panel – they showed a much calmer front.

 

 

Don Omar and Daddy Yankee at the 2016 Latin Billboards Conference.

Clash of the Titans?: Reggaeton superstars Don Omar and Daddy Yankee spoke on the “Clash of the Titans” panel at the 2016 Latin Billboards. (Daysi Calavia-Robertson/ Press Pass Latino).

Though they didn’t exactly hug and shake hands when they saw each other, Daddy Yankee and Don Omar’s participation in the panel moderated by Leila Cobo, Executive Director of Latin Content and Programming for the Billboards, was rather amicable.

 

 

Even so, many quickly took to Instagram and Twitter to dissect the rappers’ body language in photos and point out the lack of eye contact made between the singers throughout the “Clash of the Titans” panel at the Latin Billboards conference. While others simply chalked it up to a carefully orchestrated “publicity stunt”.

 

After all, both stars joined forces for “The Kingdom: Daddy Yankee V.S. Don Omar Tour” with kicked off in Puerto Rico last December.

 

 

During the “Clash of the Titans” panel, Daddy Yankee and Don Omar opened up about the nature and evolution of the Reggaeton genre, the perks of collaborating with other artists and how their music has “changed the face and direction of Latin music”.

 

 

“Our genre is very competitive, there’s ‘tiradera’, there’s ‘picardia’, our genre has never left the street but the new street is online,” said Daddy Yankee.

 

“Emerging talents don’t need conventional methods, they go to Youtube and record themselves in their studio inside a closet, they get thousands or millions of views and suddenly people ask, ‘Adonde salio este chamaquito?’ and everyone rushes to sign them to a label so of course, the genre is changing.”

 

 

On the other hand, Don Omar spoke about Reggaeton music collaborations: “…If an artist was signed to Sony then they only worked with other artists signed to Sony because that’s how it was at that moment in time but that’s not how business works anymore. Collaborating opens new doors so, I think it’s positive and it’s something I really like about the urban music genre right now.”

 

 

Do you agree with what Daddy Yankee and Don Omar? Do you think Daddy Yankee and Don Omar could have a feud #irl? Comment below.

Lideres del Genero: Daddy Yankee, Leila Cobo and Don Omar talk about the evolution of Reggaeton music during the "Clash of the Titans" panel at the 2016 Latin Billboards Conference. (Daysi Calavia-Robertson/ Press Pass Latino).

Lideres del Genero: Daddy Yankee, Leila Cobo and Don Omar talk about the evolution of Reggaeton music during the “Clash of the Titans” panel at the 2016 Latin Billboards Conference. (Daysi Calavia-Robertson/ Press Pass Latino).

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Daysi Calavia-Robertson has a BA in Mass Communications from Florida International University. Her articles have appeared in The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, The Sun-Sentinel, The South Florida Times and The Huffington Post. She's also conducted entertainment reporting segments on local television. No matter what the medium, Daysi believes in the power of storytelling.

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