Emmanuel Gazmey Santiago, better known as Anuel AA, is a Puerto Rican rapper born on November 26, 1992. Santiago is best known for his debut album, “Real Hasta la Muerte,” which he recorded while incarcerated. He began recording music at 14, and by 18, Santiago started posting his music online and has collaborated with artists like Nicki Minaj, Karol G, J Balvin, Daddy Yankee, Shakira, Bad Bunny, etc, proving how talented and dedicated he is. He might be successful today, but his music career goes back to 2011. He is a talented rapper worth celebrating on his special day today!
Emmanuel Gazmey Santiago, A.K.A. Anuel AA, is a Puerto Rican rapper whose talents and resilience have won him a hub of loyal fans worldwide. He is a Sagittarius born on November 26, 1992, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Santiago is of Afro/White Puerto Rican descent. His father was the Puerto Rican division A&R vice president of Sony Music Entertainment. Seeing his father work with famous artists incited Santiago’s interest in the recording industry.
Santiago’s music caught the attention of Rick Ross, who subsequently signed him to Maybach Music group’s Latin division. By February 2016, he released his mixtape “Real Hasta La Muerte.” The mixtape was a success and earned Santiago a guest feature on Ozuna’s album, “Odisea” (2017). Still riding the waves of his success, Santiago got arrested in April 2016 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, for illegal possession of three firearms. He got sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. During his time in prison, his music flourished. Santiago was writing and recording music while incarcerated. His debut album, “Real Hasta la Muerte,” dropped the day he got released from prison, on July 17, 2018. The album was a success and was featured on Rolling Stones as one of 2018’s best Latin albums. In August, Santiago got his first Billboard Hot 100 hit on “Bebe” with rapper 6ix9ine.
In May 2020, he released his second studio album, “Emmanuel.” Despite announcing his retirement in 2020, Santiago released a collaborative album with Ozuna in January 2021, titled “Los Dioses.” By November, the rapper dropped his third studio album, “Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren.” Santiago’s music is fresh and rhythmic. He cites Tupac Shakur as his musical influence. He was in a relationship with Columbian singer Karol G in 2019, and they got engaged. However, they announced their split in March 2021. He is currently married to Yailin La Más Viral, with whom he shares his success alongside his son, Pablo Anuel, from his former partner, Astrid Cuevas.
Santiago releases "Real Hasta La Muerte."
Santiago releases his debut album "Real Hasta la Muerte."
Santiago releases his eponymous sophomore album, "Emmanuel."
Santiago releases "Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren."
Why We Love Anuel AA
He is resilient
Santiago found a way to keep making music while in prison. His resilience is commendable.
He’s a great father
Santiago is a doting father to his son. He adores him completely and tries to dedicate as much as he can of his time to his son.
Santiago is a talented reggaeton rapper whose niche was needed by the industry. He brings a unique sound to the mix.
5 Surprising Facts
He is childhood friends with Casper
Santiago and Casper have been friends since they were kids.
He was depressed
Santiago was depressed and unhappy about how his career took him away from his young son.
He was placed in solitary confinement
Santiago spent 90 days in solitary confinement following an incident with another inmate during his time in prison.
He pled guilty
Santiago pled guilty to the gun charges but still spent 30 months imprisoned.
He doesn’t write songs before recording
Santiago doesn’t write his songs beforehand as he goes into the studio and does freestyle.
Anuel AA FAQs
How much is Anuel AA’s chain worth?
The rapper has various chains, but his Jesus Christ and Devil pendant cost him $80,000.
What does Anuel AA own?
Most notably, he now owns a basketball team called Capitanes de Arecibo.
Does Anuel sponsor U.F.C.?
The rapper and U.F.C. became marketing partners in 2022.
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