On Friday, following a 14 year absence from late night television, iconic R&B, dance and pop singing superstar Janet Jackson marked her return with a memorable performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” featuring none other than the man who put Reggaeton music on the map, Daddy Yankee.
Yankee, who hails from Puerto Rico and whose real name is Ramon Ayala, joined Jackson for the special debut of their first-ever collaboration titled, “Made for Now."
Looking like an African princess in full Afro prints and embellishments, Jackson brought the party to NBC’s Studio 6B in New York City along with Afro drummers and dancers for a lively performance choreographed to the mix of African and Reggaeton beats in “Made for Now."
Following the performance, Daddy Yankee took to his Instagram account to share a snippet from the accompanying “Made for Now” music video for the single that now has over 10 million views on YouTube in just two days.
In his post Yankee wrote, “It has been an honor working with the queen Janet Jackson. Our mission is to unite the world through music.”
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He also included a quote from the song’s chorus, “Arriba la raza, estamos en la casa,” to loosely indicate and celebrate the crossover of Latinos into the mainstream.
The saucy and colorful video shot all over New York City and Brooklyn features dancers from Ghana, Nigeria, Trinidad and the United States.
Daddy Yankee’s vocals in both English and Spanish together with Jackson’s sensual sound serve up a a unique yet perfect combination made for today’s demanding cross-genre game.
“Made for Now” is Jackson’s first single since her 11th studio album “Unbreakable” from 2015.
Daddy Yankee’s latest collab with Latin pop ballad singer Luis Fonsi went global after the pair joined forces with singer Justin Bieber for the remix of “Despacito” in 2017.
CORRECTION (Aug. 20, 2018, 3:52 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this story stated the wrong year Jackson's “Unbreakable” album was released. It was 2015.