Pitbull: Blowing Up In 2005
from performing alongside Paulina Rubio at the MTV Latin
America Awards, putting in an appearance at the VIBE
Awards, and participating in MTV's recent $2 Bill Tour
Lil Jon, Ying Yang Twins, and Mase, Cuban-American
rapper Pitbull is finally closing in on gold status with
his debut album
M.I.A.M.I.: Money Is A Major Issue.
After spending more than 22 weeks on Billboard's Top
Independent Albums Chart, the set has sold over 475,000
copies, mostly on the strength of the first two singles
"Culo" (which garnered a nomination for MTV's Best Booty
Shakin' Video of 2004) and "Dammit Man." Both singles
received heavy radio and MTV spins, and, like "Culo,"
the latest single, "Toma," features King of Crunk Lil
Jon on guest vocals.
M.I.A.M.I.: Money Is A
Major Issue, released August 2004 on New York's
indie label TVT Records, peaked at No. 14 on the
Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and was produced by The
Diaz Brothers and Lil Jon. Featuring an exciting sound
that fuses hip-hop, crunk, reggae, reggeton, and
dancehall, with English and Spanish lyrics; and
heavyweight guests such as Lil Jon, Trick Daddy and Fat
Joe, the album has turned the 24 year-old into one of
the most heated rap acts in the U.S. The album was also
recently released in the UK, Spain, France, Germany, and
Australia in conjunction with a successful European
"It�s an honor and blessing for me to be involved in
everything that I am involved with," he said in an
interview with Allhiphop.com. "I mean I am involved in
everything down south from Crunk, to Reggaeton, to Latin
music. I�m in everything."
One of the few Latino rappers to achieve mainstream
hip-hop success, Pitbull, whose birth name is Armando
Perez, continues to be ultra busy in 2005 with a
multitude of projects. Look for him alongside P. Diddy,
Lil Wayne, TI, and Lloyd in an upcoming Sean John Spring
print campaign. Other musical collaborations include a
guest spot on Cuban rap group Orishas forthcoming
release Kilo, set to drop March 15th. Pitbull also
recently recorded a Spanish version of "Dammit Man" with
Latin rappers Voltio and Chingo Bling, under the new
title "Dale Mang."
Hip-hop's first Cuban Crunk artist also hipped us to his
plans for the near future.
"Next on my agenda... I will be doing an all-Spanish
album soon and I am doing a few compilations. I just
dropped my mixtape Unleashed vol. 4 and I am working on
volume 5, but my goal is to be in an office soon.
Everyone knows as an artist you are a slave to the game,
so I just can�t wait until I am in an office somewhere
making executive decisions and giving other people a
chance to get on."
In glaring contrast to his lyrics, which focus almost
exclusively on sex, women and thuggery, Pitbull is
extremely outspoken on the topic of politics and social
issues. The son of Cuban immigrants, who nurtured their
son on the poetry of Cuban poet Jos� Mart�, penned a New
York Post essay condemning the iconization of Che
Guevara. In addition, he spoke on National Public Radio
about issues concerning Cuban-American relations, and is
the subject of an upcoming feature in The Source
regarding his stance on Fidel Castro.
Pitbull is also quick to stand by his party lyrics and
speak on criticism
that Crunk isn't real hip-hop music.
"Coming from the South everything is emotional, I mean
here you have Cubans who escaped a so called revolution
from a country that was communist, you have Dominicans
coming over, you got Puerto Ricans, Haitians that are
fighting for their country coming over, Black people
that went through slavery, and I get so deep into it
because that�s why we are so emotional and that is where
the music comes from. So when the South makes music,
it�s for muthaf***as to get loose and free and�Crunk.
That�s why when we are in the club, we don�t just stand
against the wall and mug muthaf***as, we get Crunk and
bounce around. Women get loose and bounce around, ya
know because to be honest, we just don�t give a f**k."
Other upcoming 2005 plans see Pitbull remaining in the
spotlight with performances on NBC Weekend Vibe, BET
Madd Sports, Telemundo, Pepsi Musica, and SiTV. Pitbull
also plays himself in the upcoming videogame Scarface,
and "Culo" is featured in the videogame Midnight Club 3