Pasapalabra debuts new celebrities. Starting this Tuesday, September 26 and during the next three programs, four new well-known faces appear on the set of the Antena 3 contest. Their objective is none other than to help the contestants add seconds to their boxes for the the final test of El Rosco, where the jackpot is already close to 900,000 euros, although everyone also tries to exude charisma and good humor. Among the new guests, the presence of Arkano stands out, an expert in word search and the art of improvisation, along with the actress and model Eva Pedraza.

He was born in Alicante in 1994 with the name Guillermo Rodríguez, although everyone knows him by his alias, Arkano. He is one of the most popular rappers in Spanish, a reference for the freestyle genre that he himself helped popularize.

And at the age of 15 he became the Spanish freestyle champion. And he hasn’t stopped since. He popularized cockfighting, winning the 2009 Red Bull national final, a title he would lift again in 2015, the year in which he was crowned Red Bull Batallas de los Gallos world champion in Chile.

Just one year later, in 2016, he broke a Guinness record at Madrid’s Puerta del Sol after improvising for 24 hours, 34 minutes and 27 seconds, only stopping for three-second pauses to eat and drink.

Retired as a rooster in 2019, he has collaborated with artists as diverse as Alejandro Sanz, Love of Lesbian, Jonko, Melendi or Rosana.

Arkano has known how to enter the world of media. He has presented the youth program Proyecto Arkano, on La 1, has been an advisor on La Voz Kids on Antena 3 and has competed on MasterChef Celebrity, on La 1, where he was the tenth expelled in the 2021 edition. On radio, he is a collaborator from La Ventana, on the SER network, where the man from Alicante improvises rhymes for listeners.

Additionally, in 2018, Arkano published the book ‘Castles in Space’. “This book is the reflection of the fair of ideas that is my head and to generate ideas you do not have to get a writer’s or reader’s card. Creation can be reached from a lot of different places. And this type of literature, like flashes, it is a reflection of the way we communicate and consume culture in my generation. Nowadays everything works like this: short, impactful and immediate,” Arkano explained to EL MUNDO when releasing the book.

More recently, in 2022, the rapper became self-critical about his lyrics. “Nowadays, and it is something that did not happen at the beginning, homophobic rhymes are penalized; When I started, I inherited all this. I inherited all these behaviors, sexist and homophobic thoughts, and I replicated them on stage. When I was 14 or 15 years old “My first rhymes had homophobia and machismo, but I was able to evolve, I was able to send a new message,” he said on the program La Sexta Noche.