Emmanuel Gazmey Santiago, known professionally as Anuel AA, is a Puerto Rican rapper and singer. He is considered to be a pioneer of the Latin trap movement. He won the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Award for New Artist of the Year.
Anuel AA was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, and was friends with the rapper Tempo. Gazmey studied at the Catholic school Colegio María Auxiliadora which was located in Carolina. Ever since his early teen years, Gazmey showed great interest in music and in 2009, he decided to become a rapper, securing a deal with the record-label Maybach Music Group.