Kendo Kaponi

José Fernando Morales Rivera (born August 19, 1984), known as Kendo Kaponi, is a Puerto Rican rapper and actor.

Kendo Kaponi
Birth nameJosé Fernando Morales Rivera
Born (1984-08-19) August 19, 1984 (age 35)
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • actor
Years active2002–present

In 2018, he was arrested in Coamo, Puerto Rico on charges of armed burglary and assault in Florida.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Kaponi's life was tragic in many ways. With no family to care for him, he had begun to live in foster homes from when he was 7 years old. His parents were drug addicts. He discovered his father's identity at same father's funeral.[2] In prison from the age of 13, at 19, he attempted suicide at the age of 16. When released from prison, he participated in a program at Vida Independiente (Independent life) until he was 21, where he studied to be a barber.[2] When he was released from prison, he lived with his rehabilitated mother, but only for six months when she died of AIDS.[2] He has two daughters.[2]


Kaponi has released one studio álbum, El Alfa & El Omega in 2018. He is also known for participating in productions with Don Omar such as Don Omar Presents: Meet the Orphans, which include El Duro, Viviendo Con el Enemigo, and RX.[3] He was also involved in a diss battle against Baby Rasta, Cosculluela[4] and Arcángel.[5]

Legal issuesEdit

Kaponi's first arrest came at the age of thirteen, on a drug charge, gun law violation, attempted murder, and liberty restriction. He was released when he was nineteen.[2]

In 2014, Kaponi was arrested for domestic violence, and made a bail.[6] In 2016, he was detained because his car was not up-to-date with its transfer process,[3] and in January 2017, Kaponi was detained for contempt on an alimony order.[3]

Kaponi was arrested by federal agents in 2018 on charges of armed burglary and assault.[7][8] He was arrested on PR-143[9] in the barrio of Hayales, Coamo, Puerto Rico,[10] and extradited to Florida.[11] He was charged with attacking barber, Jon Erik Baez-Molano, at the Custom Kuts establishment in Winter Haven, Florida on July 28, 2017,[12] with a metal pipe and a piece of wood. He and another person took the barber's wallet.[13][1] After two years in prison, Kendo was released and interviewed by Primer Impacto, where he said he had beat the man because the man had hurt his son and not to rob him.[14]


Studio albumsEdit

  • Concierto Vacio (2015)
  • Imperio Nazza: Kendo Edition (2016)
  • El Alpha & El Omega (2018)


  • The Ghost Writer (2009)
  • Kendo Edition (2016)


Year Title Character Notes
2013 Reggaeton The Movie[15] Omar First appearance in acting.


  1. ^ a b "Reggaeton Singer Kendo Kaponi Arrested In Puerto Rico". Billboard.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Kendo Kaponi: un talento en el bajo mundo de la música". Primera Hora. 20 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Las autoridades federales arrestan a Kendo Kaponi en Coamo". El Nuevo Dia. 9 April 2018.
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  5. ^ "Kendo Kaponi le declara la guerra a dos de sus colegas reguetoneros". Primera Hora. 30 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Libre banjo fianzá, el reggaetonero Kendo Kaponi". El Nuevo Día.
  7. ^ PR, Por TELEMUNDO. "Orden de arresto contra el cantante Kendo Kaponi - Telemundo Puerto Rico".
  8. ^ "La Policía busca a Kendo Kaponi por robo y agresión en Florida". El Nuevo Día. 21 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Arrestan al reggaetonero Kendo Kaponi".
  10. ^ "Detuvieron en Puerto Rico al reguetonero Kendo Kaponi, buscado por robo y agresión". El Comercio.
  11. ^ "Kendo Kaponi será extraditado a Florida".
  12. ^ staff, Ledger. "Local rapper Kendo Kaponi still at large, sought in attack on Haven barber". The Ledger.
  13. ^ "Al Amanecer la Policia Le Corto el Vuelo al Reggaetonero Kendo Kaponi en Puerto Rico".
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  15. ^ Tirado, Frances (13 October 2013). "Reggaetón the Movie". primerahora (in Spanish).

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