Pitbull Presents…Cuba’s Hope
What can I say about Cuba right now—I hope the island frees up. To me, it’s like the world’s largest prison. We got a lot of people waiting for it to free up so they can go back, and then you got a lot of people who can’t wait for it to free up so they can come over here.
I did “Ya Se Acabo” to give a sense of hope and a sense of inspiration for everyone whos waiting for the island to open up, due to what was going on with Castro and him handing over his power to his brother. Something may never come from it. They may stay in Cuba, but still, you need a sense of hope.
I feel like hip-hop should care about this issue because the music is all about struggle. What my people are going through coincides with the hip-hop mentality. Everybody has the same story: from nothing to something. From the bottom to a fairy-tale life. That’s why they love Scarface.
When I’m making political music, it’s a very delicate balance. Especially with the way my people are, it’s a very very delicate situation. It’s very controversial, you always have to watch what you say and what you do, because people can start hating you just as quickly as they loved you. People come up to me all the time and tell me I’m a spokesman for the them, and that’s an honor, it’s a real blessing.
Pitbull “Ya Se Acabo (It’s Over)” (2006)