Listen to song: Bilingual hip-hop singer Pitbull’s new album has political slant
Posted by Elena del Valle on October 23, 2006
Photo: TVT Records
Cuban American rapper Armando Perez “Pitbull” takes on a political approach for his second studio album, “El Mariel,” scheduled for an October 31 release. According to promotional materials, in the new album he describes the image of Cuba and focuses on President George W. Bush’s war efforts. The album is a far cry from his previous work as the bilingual hip-hop artist tries to prove that his songs are more than just about getting dirty.
“They have this misconception,” said Pitbull, 25. “They’ll say, ‘He’s just this Latin rapper, he’s a reggaeton act, he’s crunk.’ They don’t know what to say about me. [After El Mariel] a lot of folks are gonna start saying, ‘You gotta watch out for that boy Pit.’”
“El Mariel” is named after the Cuban boatlift that relocated almost 125,000 Cubans to Miami, Florida. The album contains rap ballads and club bangers. Pitbull’s aim for the album is to educate his listeners regarding this event. The artist’s life parallels that of some of those who came in the 1980 boatlift.
“Some [Marielitos] yes were criminals, some came from a negative background, but you have those who became politicians, lawyers, judges, and doctors, you name it,” said Pit. “Now that I got my foot in the door it’s time to take opportunities like the Marielitos did.”
Pitbull was born to Cuban immigrants and was raised by a single mother in Miami who worked three jobs. His childhood consisted of frequent relocations and he wasn’t reacquainted with his father until he was 18. The two were on friendly terms until his father’s passing last year.
In 2005, Pitbull surpassed gold status for the sale of more than 500,000 copies of his debut album, “M.I.A.M.I.: Money Is A Major Issue,” released in the United States in 2004. Aside from the “El Mariel” album, the artist will debut his first full-length Spanish only album, “Armando,” in 2007. He is also scheduled perform at the Latin Grammy Street Party in New York, and will do the voice of one of the characters in the upcoming video game, “Scarface: The World Is Yours,” based on the 1983 film. — Sergio Carmona
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I love pitbull and the fact that he is represting all the time. My parents came in ‘El Mariel’ and I know what he’s trying to say. I feel you bro. Bueno Hialeah represnting all the time. Love ya Pitbull.
Jocy from Hialeah 24th Ave
i just wanna say dat pitbulls tune are the 1 he speaks the truth keep it up
I love Pitbull he is great and I love his music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love you and your songes
pitbull u are the best !!!!! i love u!!!
! Luv P!tbull H3 !s so kut3!!!!
pitbull i love ur show!! pitbulls la esqina i watch it every time it comes on!!
i love pitbull reminds me of been bk at home…!
! luv p!tbull!! so much!!!
Keep going P!tUlL……………………WE lVe U!!!!Thele lethu wele……………………..
love ur work armando…. you make us latinos look good!!!!
pitbull u are the best.i hope one day to know u.
keep up you are the best …….. you made me priud of latinos dont forget me “`´´´……….. ok papi rico
Love u heaps Pitbull…
Um u totaly gave us a great performance at Rock the block here in New Zealand..
You rocked the after party..
I think ur jus a realy great guy..
Good luck with everything..
Much love 2 u nd best wishes…
Luv Pitbull he da best!!! Keep up da nasty songs dey hot especially “she’s freaky'” das one of my favorits
I Love pitbulls music and he is so fine!!!!
Hey Pitbull Oh My Gosh I love your new song fuego. My dance team called la fantasy girls made up a dance to it and it is awesome. Ahhhhhhh….. We love you.
dale mijo u keep on representandonos a los latinos
hi i think u are so hot and sexy and i love ur songs!!!!!!!!!!!!
hey thanks for good work. But i wanted to know one thing …..Having a name like that Pittbull do u considered giving a donation to a pitt bull rescue or even educating people out there about how fighting these dog are bad. You have the power to educate and aware people since you are often meeting them. But have that name Pittbull you should probably represent them aswell.
Heyy I have nevurr been more inspired to go after anyy of my dreams but after readin and really thinking about what ur saying it just all fits together well thank u. love Nini from Houston Texas. Lookmeup on yo my name is Shorty just rite me to show that u care plz
Hey I love your Music it makes you want to dance all the time!!!!!!!!! You are so so so so so so so so sexy and my Friend sabrina really really really really loves your music to. I love all of your songs. Just keep doing want you do. Adios
Hola I love your music and santa asked me what i wanted 4
christmas and i told him that i was 2 old 4 the sants thing but i told him that he couldnt give me what i wanted and he said that he could and i told him that i wanted all of your cds and a a live poster of you or you could do better and write me back
You are hot!!
hey papi ur sexe hey yo t admiro tanto!!
i luv u & I’m prpoud of u!tu sabes!latino!Cubano!
i love him so muccccccccchhhhhhhh
Your the best.I love you ur sexy dam sexy.lol jaja.kisses.
Your ma everything.Screw our haters.They be hating on us.I love you papacito bonito.Cuban Pride.Take kare chiquito bonito.[(kisses)]
Love pitbull ! Keep up the good work!
Your mexicana friend michelle
Hey Pitbull you are amazing I went to your concert at the House of Blues and you were so hot i mean you are I love all your songs and I wuld love to party all night with you love you and keep on coming TO the 619 San Diego your second home
I luv you !!!!!!!!! and iluv your songs there awesome and you sexi !!!!!!!!!!!! luv ya ;) <3
hey pitbull you are the best i love your music and your are so papichulo. your videos are so good all of them. i love you so much
u a straight guy u tell da turth a puertorican like us needed someone u as a cubn has helped me a lot u a good person and very straght foward n i like tht keep ur head up never look bak! n dnt let noone bring u down take it easy n take care u a good guy keep it up dnt stop wish u the best in everythin
Baby u are the best there is! I love you! keep it up, and make all latins proud of ya! besosss! muaxxxxxxxxx!
hey pitbull i just wanted to say i love your songs!!! i hope i get to meet you one day!!1
What up Pit
I love yooh!!!! I also love yourn songs !!!!! Hopeful I’ll get a chance to meet!!!
i realllyyy lovee u!!!
i got everrything about u
im cubana igual k tu well i was not born on cuba but my dad is cuban……
and solo te quiero desir chico dale k tu pedess!
te admiro con toda el alma
i just want to say you are my #1 singer and if i had one dying wish it would be to meet you. not only are you hott your a wonderful singer and i hope you keep on with your career i hope to get a backstage pass soon at one of your concerts cause thats my wish is to meet you and talk with you so hope to meet you soon.
keep on being sexy with your bad self.
hey i love pittbull if i would be a singer i will married him his hoooooooooooottttttttt and i love his songs hell yea i love u pitbull
hey pittbull ilove u ur so cute and i love ur songs they are the best go pitt bull i love u pitbull
he is soo handsome. and has a great voice. he just makes me get up dance.
Pitbull an exceptional hip hop singer that every time I play his music I get people to dance no matter what and have fun….
U ve own way Pıtbull. u re unique
PittBull Rocks … This is the first Latin Band that will Blow Every-One Out Of The Water !!!
Thanks For The Beat Macho !!
Looking forward to your next ( Hit)Man
your a good singer but eminem is the best
10-16-10 First time, I heard your name or several, names. In the program “Don Francisco”.
Today in the program “Al Punto” Te deseo lo mejor. “You are great” Keep your good work.
Your are great, keep the good work.
always take good care… of your Mother, to the end….
Like, a Good Cuban, respect and Love her….
In 26 yrs of being a music lover of music of all types, your music, your songs, etc and everything about you is AAA+ number 1…..you are as good, if not even better than Elvis, or M Jackson, for the kind of music you generate and entertain our ears with, Hip Hop/Rap etc. For as young as you are, you have rapidly escalated up the ladder to stardome, perhaps quicker than the best of song writers. Cant wait to hear more of your thoughts in your awesome sounding music. You are to mouthwatering hence much too Awesome to elaborate any further. Don’t rest till you have reached infinitee. XXXX000
i agree……….theres just no other way to explain it. He is more than “Just a Singer” and theres nothing wrong about his music, its fun, happy, dancingly sexy, awesome music. I love his touch by adding different languages with ing-less’
i love you so much