Anuel AA

Anuel AA biography
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Anuel AA biography

Emmanuel Gazmey Santiago, known in the world of music as Anuel AA, is a young rapper who has excelled in the genre of trap and reggaeton. He was born on November 27, 1992, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, and is the son of Nilda Santiago and José Gazmey, who was a musician and vice president of A & R at Sony Music in Puerto Rico.

He studied at the María Auxiliadora School in Carolina, and in the course of his training, he showed interest in music. At the end of 2010 he began his career making songs and in 2012 he started recording with the Maybach Music label of American rapper Rick Ross.

For the year 2014, he began to gain popularity in Puerto Rico and the United States. A year later, he became known worldwide with the song “La Ocasión” showing a style with sounds that varied between rap and trap; nevertheless, time later it was decided by reggaetón of the street, collaborating with diverse urban artists.

The first Mixtape of Anuel AA was “Real Hasta La Muerte” which was released in the year 2016. Within the record, there were highlighted songs like: “Soldier and Prophet”; “Ayer”; “La Ocasion” among others.

Anuel AA is an artist recognized for his strong content of lyrics based on sex, drugs, weapons, and murders. He became known in the ear of the street as they call it in Puerto Rico. His music did not achieve full radio reception due to the strong lyrics of his songs.

On April 3, 2016, he was arrested after leaving a nightclub called Tabaco & Ron Lounge San Juan, located in Santurce, Puerto Rico. At the time of the arrest, several weapons were confiscated: a Glock pistol with a .40 caliber .40, a Glock model with a 30 caliber .45 and a Glock model 19 caliber 9 mm. In addition, in the Auto found 9 loaders for guns and more than a hundred bullets. On May 15 of that same year, the fans of Anuel AA organized a demonstration of support outside the federal prison in Guaynabo, carrying placards and cigarettes that alluded to the singer.

On July 19, 2017, Anuel AA was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the crime of possession of firearms. According to the lawyer of the singer, he was repentant and received the sentence with tranquility.

Despite his arrest he had no obstacles to the launching of new songs; for example, the new version of his song “Ayer” as “Ayer 2” which counted with the collaboration of J Balvin, Nicky Jam and Cosculluela; for the recording of the disc, he had to sing through a phone call, a situation that was well received by his fans as seen on YouTube and on the other platforms on which the topic went up.

Anuel AA received a platinum disc certified by the RIAA thanks to the high sales of its single “Ayer” recorded under the production of DJ Nelson. He also expressed his gratitude to all the people who continued to support him and who, despite his situation, have not forgotten him, stating:

“Thanks to you I have the privilege of receiving my first platinum record while still in prison. This award is dedicated to my son and to you who listen to my music and are real until death.”

According to the payment of his sentence, Anuel AA would be coming out of prison in the month of October of the year 2018 approximately.





  • 2016: Real to death.
  • 2016: Free Anuel.



  • 2015: We were born to die
  • 2016: Coronamos.
  • 2016: Never Toad.
  • 2016: Sola.
  • 2016: Sola Remix (With Farruko, Wisin, Daddy Yankee, Zion, and Lenox).
  • 2016: 47.
  • 2016: 69
  • 2016: Liberace.
  • 2016: Jersey.
  • 2016: No Love.
  • 2017: Ash in Ashtray.
  • 2017: 47-explicit (Remix).
  • 2017: Do not force.
  • 2017: Jersey 2.0.
  • 2017: Yesterday.

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