Pitbull: Putting M.I.A.
on Lock (second
third interview here)
10/27/04 - LatinRapper.com exclusive interview
Pitbull released his debut album "M.I.A.M.I.: Money Is A Major
Issue" on TVT Records this past August, the album was produced
by The Diaz Brothers and crunk king Lil Jon. The 23 year-old
Cuban-American rapper's sound combines hip-hop, crunk, reggae,
reggaeton, and dance-hall, with English and Spanish lyrics.
Album sales for "M.I.A.M.I." have surpassed 200,000 units and
hit #14 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, and Pitbull
prepares to record the video for his next bilingual single "Toma",
the follow-up to "Culo" featuring Lil Jon.
Pitbull will also
be performing on the MTV Latin America video awards live with
a re-broadcast on MTV U.S. on Saturday, Oct. 30th at 11:00p.m.
PT/ET. Pitbull took time out to speak with LatinRapper about
his new album and more in an exclusive Q&A
LatinRapper.com: You've gotten a good reception to
M.I.A.M.I., has the exposure been better than you had
originally expected it?
Oh no, definitely, I'm used to a very slow grind. But it's
definitely been overwhelming, I'm not gonna lie.
For those who haven't hit the store to buy Miami yet, how
can you best describe it?
I would say it's a melting pot, a lot of different music, a
lot of different versatility, a lot of different topics being
touched on the album.
Though you're not really reggaeton, you hooked up with
Daddy Yankee on the Gasolina remix which skyrocketed up the
tropical charts. How did that collabo come about?
I mean, he's heard about my movement, I heard about his, we
respected each other's movements and really wanted to do
You're down with TVT, what do you have planned with them in
I've planned a bunch of things with TVT, I feel like I'm
bringing something new to them, opening doors. On the Latin
side, I'm bringing them things hopefully they can handle,
‘cause a lot of Latin artists are gonna want to come through
as big as I did, not just in their regions.
How has the touring experience been for you so far?
Its been a beautiful thing, but nothing I'm not used to. I
went on tour with Luke, did 35 cities, I did that before. Its
just connecting with people from city to city.
Who are some artists that you are looking forward to
Right now, I don't really project things like that, I sorta
just work with people who wanna rock with me. Jay Z... I wish
I coulda worked with Celia Cruz but she passed, other than
that I'm straight.
Many Latin artists on the East and West coast have earned
their stripes nationally, but few when it comes to crunk. In
the Southeast, what is that makes Pitbull stand out?
I been doing the mixtape thing down here for a while, so they
been hearing me on that. So a record like "Culo" may touch
nationally, with "Toma" I'm touching everyone with my hardcore
following. I'm always sort of outdoing myself on these beats,
and people are picking up on it, they're biting. The beautiful
thing, like you said, is we are able to take this on the next
level, meaning nationally.
You seem to stress your Cuban background in your music and
promotion, how important is it to you that people recognize
you as a Cuban rapper rather than just a rapper?
I'm not a Latin rapper, I'm a rapper that happens to be Latin,
you feel me. With that said, I just want them to know where
I'm from. Just like Jamaicans do, just like Puerto Ricans with
Reggaeton. Just like black people with slavery, Jewish with
the Holocaust, Cubans and Nicaraguans who had revolutions in
their country, so I just want them to know my culture, my
struggle, so they can learn from us as much as we learn from
You mentioned Cuba, have you been back?
Mmhmm, Yes I've been to Cuba.
I've asked other artists from Cuba this before; if they
were organized free shows out there, would you go perform for
I'd be very interested in that, because it comes from the
heart. But politically it wouldn't be a good move for Pitbull
because I'd be supporting Castro. I cannot go out there and
speak my mind, I'd be put in prison.
Anything else you want to mention to the readers out there?
Anybody that supports Pitbull, I really appreciate it.. If not
for the fans I wouldn't be sh*t. Anybody else trying to get in
this game: patience, passion plus perseverance equals success,
hurry up and wait.
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