Nicky Jam is a Puerto Rican / Dominican Reggaeton singer/songwriter originally from New York City.
Nicky Jam Came Up from the Streets
Nick Rivera Caminero was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 17, 1981. He was raised in Barrio Obrero, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As a kid, Caminero worked at a grocery store and used to improvise in front of the store. He got his nickname and stage name “Nicky Jam” from a street person there.
Nicky Jam’s Music
Nicky Jam recorded his first album “…Distinto A Los Demás” (Different From the Others) when he was eleven years old. It wasn’t a commercial success, but got picked up by DJs in Puerto Rico. Producers noticed.
Nicky continued songwriting and met Daddy Yankee, the father of Reggaeton, during a recording session. The two became friends and started working together as “Los Cangris.” The duo had hits with “Sabanas Blancas”, “Guayando”, and “Sentirte.”
Nicky’s career grew with 2001’s “Haciendo Escante” (I’m making crystal meth). He became a global star with 2004’s “Vida Escante” (The crystal meth life).
Nicky and Daddy Yankee had a falling out in 2004. Their partnership ended for a while. Nicky moved to Medellin, Colombia to recover.
In 2012 Nicky and Daddy Yankee recorded “El Party Me Llama” (The party is calling) together.
Nicky Jam’s “Hasta el Amanacer” (Until Dawn) hit #1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart October 2016.
Nicky Jam Awards
Jam was nominated for the 18th Latin Grammy Awards for:
- Album of the Year ~ Fénix
- Best Urban Song ~ El Amante
Nicky Jam in New York City
Nicky Jam & Plan B bring their “El Ganador” tour to The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 7 pm.
Nicky performs at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 23, 2017.