Impression of Pitbull Lyrics, Music and Vocal Performance
Pitbull – the name says it all. The rapper from Miami has become a major force in the music biz, raising his profile in movies and television as well. With the release of “Give Me Everything” in March, 2011, he’s getting more attention than ever before. Even Lindsay Lohan’s lawyers are calling Pitbull. Lyrics are just lyrics, Mr. Attorney, so give a guy a break. Let’s take a look at where Pitbull came from and how he got to the top.
Growing Up Pitbull
Despite some unfounded rumors, Pitbull was born right here in the United States. His parents were immigrants from Cuba and on January 15, 1981, they welcomed Armando Christian Perez into the world. His parents didn’t want their son to forget his Cubano roots, so they made him recite the poems of Cuban poet Jose Marti, ingraining the importance and the power of words into the mind of young Armando. His parents separated and young Armando spent time with a foster family in Georgia, before moving back with his mother, who ended up kicking him out of the house for following in his daddy’s footsteps as a drug dealer.
After he graduated from high school, Armando made a decision to go for his dreams and focus on a career in rapping. Early on, it was tough to get people to give him a shot. There weren’t a lot of people who took him seriously: a white, blue-eyed guy from the South. Throw his Cubano heritage into the mix and it was even tougher. But he kept coming no matter how tough it seemed. That’s where his nickname Pitbull comes from. He explained in an interview with the Washington Post, “They bite to lock. The dog is too stupid to lose.” Pitbull kept pushing, and his refusal to lose seems like anything but stupid.
When crunk started taking over radio play, Pitbull knew his time had come. He saw crunk as Miami bass music with the music slowed down. He had grown up with Miami bass, and now he was ready to step up. He met Lil Jon, who took a liking to him and gave him his own track, “Pitbull’s Cuban Ride Out,” on Jon’s Kings of Crunk. In 2004 Pitbull released his first album, M.I.A.M.I. (which stands for Money Is A Major Issue) with the single “Culo” (or “Ass” in English) doing pretty well.
Pitbull then joined the Anger Management Tour, which was headlined by Tour founder Eminem and 50 Cent. Pitbull returned to the studio and recorded three more albums, El Mariel (2006), The Boatlift (2007), Armando (2010). He did a guest-starring role on UPN’s television series South Beach, and is the host of his own show Pitbull’s La Esquina on Mun2 cable network. La Esquina translates as The Corner, so now you know where Pitbull’s hanging out. Then came the 2011 release of Planet Pit. He worked with T-Pain on the first single, “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)”, and then came “Give Me Everything,” with Ne-Yo, Nayer, and Afrojack, which became Pitbull’s first Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100.
The man works hard at his job… When he was starting out, he was constantly trying to get his music in front of people. He brings something special to the world of music. His background is definitely reflected in his music, growing up listening to merengue and other Latin and Caribbean rhythms. Pitbull lyrics reveal a deeper, more serious side. Sure, he has good-time party tracks, but many of his songs express his political views. When Cuban dictator Fidel Castro announced he was stepping down, Pitbull quickly recorded Ya Se Acabo (“It’s Over” in English). But it is far from over for Pitbull. Actually, it’s only just beginning.