Best-selling Cuban American MC Pitbull is gearing up for the October 31st release of his highly-anticipated second studio album El Mariel (Diaz Bros./TVT Records). Although he makes songs about getting "Culo," Pitbull is more preoccupied with preserving the image of his isla bonita, Cuba, and unmasking Pres. George W. Bush's misguided war.
After having registered to vote himself using Voto Latino, Pitbull agreed to be part of the first groundbreaking text messaging voter registration campaign in U.S. history. As such, Pitbull leads a consortium of artists on behalf of Voto Latino by urging his fans to register to vote by texting the keyword "Pitbull" or "305" to the number 75444. Voto Latino Co-Founder Rosario Dawson stated, "We're thrilled to have Pitbull on board. What better messenger than he? Pitbull has a faithful, captive audience who's earned his fans' respect." Pitbull fans can also choose to sign up for their own keyword at www.votolatino.org <http://www.votolatino.org/> and manage their very own voter registration campaign.
With the sophomore album, El Mariel, named after the infamous Cuban boatlift that relocated almost 125,000 cubanos to Florida, Pitbull will make the biggest impact a Latino has made in hip-hop since Big Pun. Inspired by one of the most dramatic events in Cuban history, El Mariel is overflowing with enlightening gems, rap ballads and club bangers. After the success of his gold-selling debut M.I.A.M.I. the music community was having a difficult time placing a label on Pit. "They have this misconception," says the 25-year-old MC. "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.'"
Last year, Pitbull surpassed gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold of his debut album "M.I.A.M.I.: Money Is A Major Issue" in the United States. The feat gave Pitbull the biggest-selling bilingual hip-hop debut since Cypress Hill's 1991 self-titled debut, and put him in the rare category of Latino rappers who have achieved major success at English-language radio. Bolstered by such breakthrough singles as "Culo", "Dammit Man", and "Toma", Pitbull's debut - as well as its highly-successful successor remix album "Money Is Still a Major Issue" - have made Pitbull an unstoppable Latino voice in urban music. Pitbull is now confirmed to perform at the Latin GRAMMY(r) Street Party in New York (Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens) on October 1st. The Street Parties provide interaction between the general public and the Latin GRAMMY(r) brand, bringing the Latin GRAMMY(r) experience closer U.S. Latinos.
Pitbull will appear in the upcoming video game, 'Scarface: The World Is Yours'. In the game, which will be available October 8th, Pitbull plays the role of one of Tony Montana's henchmen, riding along on missions to help Tony recapture his fallen empire and seek vengeance on those who brought him down in the 1983 classic film. The Miami-based rapper has collaborated with a who's who of hip-hop and reggaeton artists, including Lil Jon, Ying Yang Twins, Orishas, Daddy Yankee, Twista and Rick Ross. Pitbull's speaking appearance at last month's Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) "Tres Crossovers" panel nearly stole the show, with Billboard honing in on Pitbull's self-identification as a successful rapper "who also happens to be Latin." Unlike many other Latino rappers, Pitbull has managed to achieve success in the mainstream hip-hop world with bilingual lyrics and potent be