Pitbull Presents…My Miami Roots

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Pitbull “Fuego” (2006)

from El Mariel, in stores now. 

When it comes to old school Miami music, I could talk for days.

I grew up off of freestyle music: Stevie B, Debbie Deb, Lisa Lisa, TKA. Then you had the whole 2 Live Crew movement, the Poison Clan movement.  That’s what I was really listening to when I was younger.

People don’t even look at it like hip-hop, but Luke was the reason why we get to rap about what we rap about, due to him going to the Supreme Court and fighting for the first amendment.  There’s a lot of things that people may not know about the whole Miami scene that influenced hip-hop as a whole.

What 2 Live Crew and Luther Campbell were doing back in the day was the blueprint for what muthafuckas is doing now, if you really think about it. They had all the women in they videos, all the cars, plus they were really the only ones selling their music independently. They were the blueprint for what’s going on in the whole game right now, as far as everybody trying to get independent money.

I think the reason that it may not get respect nationwide is that it wasn’t maybe marketed right. But there’s a lot of music from different regions that don’t get the respect it deserves. A lot of these cats might feel like independent is the only way there is to go because no one really respects the music outside of their region. People from Miami, we had Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, maybe some South Carolina and Mississippi listening, and then that’s about it. But now that the music’s getting marketed to a wider audience and they looking at us in a different way.  Now you got Rick Ross, you got myself, you got Trick. And I think out of all of us, I’m the one that really sticks to his roots the most, in terms of the music that we grew up off. I know they gonna come back around and do it, ’cause it’s in they blood to do that type of music. And it’s happening now, if you look at a lot of hip-hop—it’s more up-tempo, it’s more records for the clubs.

I was signed to Luke for a year in ’99-2000. I had created a name for myself in the street with battling. I ain’t really know much about the music game at the time, so I had left this verse for Luke. I spit three quarters of the verse in English and the last six bars in Spanish. When he heard that shit, he was like, “Whoa, you’re Cuban and from Miami? You’re gonna be the Mayor of the city.” And that’s basically how it all started for me. He put me on his 2001 project called Somethin’ Nasty, and then I went on tour with him. That was the first project I was involved in. It was my crash course in the music industry. I just felt like if I was gonna be anybody in Miami, I had to go through the King first.

Pitbull’s Top 5 Classic Miami Joints:

2 Live Crew “Throw The D” (1986)

2 Live Crew “Move Somethin’” (1987)

Stevie B. “Spring Love” (1988)

Poison Clan “Dance All Night” (1990)

Uncle Luke feat. Trick Daddy “Scarred” (1996)

  • Rives305

    my dawg pit keep tehm blogs coming. nice album too.

    1st

  • POBE

    MIAYAYO!

  • outda954

    I love what my man Pitbull is doing for all of South Florida, peace! Reppin’ Lauderhill, 954!!

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    aightttttt…

    i met Pitbull in NY in ’04 right before he got his deal w/TVT (i think)…

    i’m glad to see ur making ur dreams come true my nig… (no homo)

  • dreadzy

    Fuckouterhere, bullshit article

  • Theophilus Jamal (Love Free I)

    Man, I don’t like Miami rap music much at all, but when someone speaks so honestly and warmly about what matters to him, I’ma applaud it. Thanks Pit.

  • Fernando

    Techno booty-shake. Im glad this cat is gettin money off somebody because I cant mess with it. He seems to just yell & repeat stuff like Mike Jones or Ying Yang Twins. I actually think he is garbage, but good for him for makin some loot. aiiiigghhht

  • http://www.myspace.com/pitbull 305 Monster

    **Yo…here is my homeboy Pit speaking the truth and putting MIAMI on the map like always! That new El Mariel album is pure FUEGO!! Keep up the good work Pit!**
    Remember…305 til “WE” die…

  • Lani

    I LOVE PITBULL….a lot of people forget how Hip Hop started, it’s about a party, about dancing. In his own way, he speaks on certain topics. Whether you like him or not – you’ve gotta respect his hustle!

  • http://www.allhiphop.com,Version=1,Version=1,Version=1 Rey

    My abuela’s in hialeah, just outside miami. Do your thing, Pit!

  • Bang

    props, Pitbull. You aint mention how the name “The Bottom” came about! I remember first hearing mutha superior spit that underground street classic “Rock Bottom of the Map” back in the mid nineties dog! Be easy mayne, Peace

  • Sq

    the most annoying rapper to come up recently… worse than e-40 and diddy put together. no skill at all and that ay chico song is annoying as fuck

  • http://www.xxlmag.com L.A.’s Finest

    Keep doing it big for the Latino’s.

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Nice post Pit way to give a little shine to Miami

    You should have posted the song you did with The Orishas that track is banging(No Doogie Housher)

  • H-MAN

    Big upz 2 Pitbull 4 holdin down tha M.I.A….Push tha first amendment right 2 tha limitz, no doubt…went on vacation this summer and posted up in Miami,seen Bun B painted on tha wall and thought, this lookz like a good spot, anotha 24 hourz and I woulda been runnin tha whole blok……S. Beach waz bangin dog…Holla 2 tha Latin culture*305 YO* WE iz right…

  • THAT_BOY_NOAH

    ALLLREADY…I GREW UP ON THE 2 LIVE CREW “FROM NASTY AS THE WANT TO BE” TO LUKES “BAND IN THE USA” BUT ON THE REAL THOUGH…I THINK 2 LIVE SHOULD WIN SOMETHIN AT THE VH1 HONOR AWARDS. I MEAN WHO THE HELL LISTENED TO MC LYTE??? ALSO I LIKED ALL THAT BASS MUSIC THAT CAME OUT FROM .LIKE THAT GROUP ..”BOYZ FROM THE BOTTOM”. SO SHOUT OUT TO M.I.YAYO!

  • SUPERMAN

    THIS DUDE PITBULL IS GARBAGE AND IS PART OF THE REASON HIP HOP IS DEAD. “BOJANGLES?” GIVE ME A FUCKIN BREAK BITCH NIGGA!

  • http://www.myspace.com/mamita1780 Erica

    Miami music is hot and for us Northerners we need more of it the sound, the vibe, and the feeling you get when you hear it is amazing–I was young,innocent, and sheltered when I heard my first 2 Live Crew song and even though I didn’t quite understand it I was dancin my ass off. As for my man Mr. Perez,a.k.a.
    Pitbull, he worked hard for where he is today! It is obvious in his maturity, his down-to-earth nature, and his pure and obvious appreciation for his fans and the people who opened the door for him to have an opportunity to reach the masses. Pitbull is incredibly talented and will definitely go further than he can probably even see right now. Keep doing your thing—I am his biggest, most loyal fan eve, I will support him for as long as I can. Any haters that read this can come mierda! Let this man skool you cause you obviously don’t no sh#$ about hip-hop and it roots anywhere!
    GO SUPPORT PITBULL EL MARIEL IN STORES NOW! IT THE HOTNESS YOU NEED AT LEAST THREE COPIES(ONE FOR THE HOUSE, ONE FOR WORK, AND ONE FOR THE CAR–YOU DON’T WANT’UM TO GET SCRATCHED UP BY MOVIN ‘UM AROUND!

  • http://www.myspace.com/mamita1780 Erica

    p.s. LUV YOU MR. PEREZ!!!!! Hope you read what i wrote came for the heart!

  • the troof

    He is still one of them cats Castro wanted out, so the brothers could live their lives there w/o the U.S. meddling in Cuban affairs. He needs to get off that Mariel, Che hating bullsh#$

  • The Chancellor

    man no one outside of miami gives a fuck about pitbull or none of that luke bullshit thats for fuckin sure. Dre and Snoop straight played those niggas and it was a wrap. Detroit What!

  • 11kap

    Pitbull is that nigga. Y’all betta recognize. I love that real premiere Miami hip Hop shit – that fuckin booty music. At least Pitbull is keeping it alive. Yayuhhh!!

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Tego Calderon’s album in stores now….

  • NY FINEST

    YO NOAH READ YOUR HIP HOP HISTORY AND THEN TALK SHIT. WHEN HIP HOP WASNT BIG, THIS PEOPLE MADE A POSSIBLE FOR OTHER ARTIST TO COME THROUGH. MC LYTE
    WAS A PIONEER WHEN HIP HOP WAS NOT ON THE MAP.AND BY THE WAY YOU FROM FLORIDA JUST LOOK WHAT HAPPEN ON ELECTION 2000, BUSH WON CAUSE YOU GUY KEEP ELECTING REPUBLICAN LIKE HIS BROTHER.

  • flava dav

    im from louisiana and I grew up on 2 live crew and the clan , everything pitbull is talking about is true- big ups

  • http://www.pitbullmusic.com 305 Monster

    **Ok, hate all you want, talking about Pitbull is garbage and has no skill, but once again, he is topping the charts and making more $$ money $$ than all you haters here talking $hit! If you don’t like the music or simply are too ignorant to understand it, then keep your mouth shut and go post your comments on the artists that you do like. You don’t need to be dissing anybody else to make them look like trash. Either way, Pit is taking it to the top! MIAMI!! 305 til WE die!!**

  • alex

    look at all these pussy niggas talking shit don’t get mad cause we running this shit now so stop drinking that haterade

    pit keep doing ur thing ur killn em

    305 mia till we die

  • 110 street

    Whut up my dude i heard u on hot 97 sunday night kicken the truth. stay up.

  • Mr.Me

    Killer Mike should be the guest blogger.

  • SUPERMAN

    ^^^
    BITCH SHUT THE FUCK UP!

  • dominicanboy

    whoever hates on pit r low class haters that have nothing to live 4 cause ges the best latin rapper ever way better than pun was whent gold his 1st album with no promotion n is lyrical as fuck n all u niggas saying hip hop is dead r only new york niggas that r soft ass fuck cry babies get it threw ur head new york music is boring as fuck we want to hear good shit not shit that will put u to sleep like banks pun mobb deep biggie everyone from ny is horrible fave the fact that ya got tooken out the rap game n stop hating on good rap artist like pit cause hes fucking ya babie mommas

  • alovemd1

    ALL YOU HATERS OUT THERE CAN LEARN FROM A HUSTLER LIKE PIT! FOR “THE TROOF”, YOU DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT CHE. DON’T BE COMING AROUND THESE STREETS WITH YOUR CHE SHIRT, UNLESS YOU WANT TO GET SCHOOLED BY US CUBANS, THE ONES WHO LIVED THROUGH THE REVOLUTION! DO YOUR RESEARCH!

    CUBA LIBRE! 305 TILL WE DIE!

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    whoever hates on pit r low class haters that have nothing to live 4 cause ges the best latin rapper ever way better than pun
    ^^^^^^
    Wow, Pits dope this isn’t hate but he isn’t even in Pun’s league. Hell, there are way better latino rappers than Pit that are still living: Calle 13, Tego Calderon, Orishas

  • FTL 954 Ladies

    You “Super”-losers can keep on TALKIN’ SHIT…..while his bad ass music and those gorgeous blue eyes have us Lauderdale mamis shakin’ it NASTY to the floor all night – We want MORE, Papi! Haters should thank Pitbull (and Luther) for getting their girlfriends all HOT & BOTHERED at the club while you stay in blogging! (La lengua afuera)

  • http://www.dirtydesign.net Antonio DePietro

    I never heard those Poison Clan joints- DOPE!

  • dominican boy

    pn couldnt even rap in spanish at all pit can rap in english n spanish good as fuck pun said like 6 words in his hole cd so please learn pit will always be better u just like em more cause ur puertorican n only puertoricans like him un like pit everyone likes him blacks white latins austrailins

  • Pimptyte

    Being from Florida and growing up to old school booty shake music back in the 80′s, I must give it up to Pitbull for showing love to the bass game. Other than Stevie B, the other four songs are four of my all time favorite bass as well as rap songs.

  • http://www.myspace.com/pitbull 305 Monster

    Ok. Now we are not comparing Pit to Big Pun, because after all, we are all LATINOS united. Pun was good, and Pit is now taking over the game and bringing up the latin game once again. But Pit just happens to be an artist that raps in english and spanish. The fact that he is from MIAMI has nothing to do with the way he raps. He represents Miami so he is always mentioning it in his music! Stop hating on the bottom baby. Miami in the house, stepping through the door right now, and in about a month…we gonna take that bit$h over. Hate on that!
    *********305 til “WE” die***********

  • THAT_BOY_NOAH

    NAW NIGGA IM FROM TEXAS. AND FUCK YOUR HIP HOP HISTORY….I GUESS YOU WERE ONE OF THEM CAKES THAT BUMPED HER SHIT.

  • XRAY3000

    umm k.

  • http://supasoak29yahoo.com tone 9

    305 is ballin !

  • NY FINEST

    NOAH YOU FROM TEXAS. MY BAD, STILL BUSH IS FROM TEXAS WHICH STILL SEGREGATED. IN WHICH A SMALL WHITE DISTRICT GETS A CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE.IN THE MEANTIME A MINORITY DISTRICT DONT GET SHIT.

  • 11KAP

    A lot of people in here have it wayy twisted. Just because a few good artists come from your town does not mean that it is a revolution and now you are running the hip hop world. NY is still on top, but that is not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings. It’s just a fact. Forget all those NY deserters who forgot where they came from and wanna now put down the old towne. Pit is still the man tho. that nigga is just a realest, so he is in the class of real niggas wherever they are from in this country.

  • LANDIGGY

    Thank everyone who voted tyesday that eas best thing for us as a people not just black but muddle class. PS. pitbulshit is one of the worst rappers ever i mean long as the world been around he is one of the worst.

  • bud

    landiggy how is he 1 of the worst u stupid coon u proly like gay ny niggas like busta rhymes or gay niggas like common n kanye west pit is the best u stupid fuck no wonder ur names so gay

  • BK BROTHER

    damm this pitbull faggit is WACK AS FUCK!
    fuck y’all latinas thinkin you can say nigga, dudes need to get ya ass kicked.

    man what is this singy ass shit. its fucken hopeless. i just peeped that fuego joint, man dude cant even spit. “gangsta gangsta…blah fuckin blah” corny ass xylophone shit, sound like a fucken rugrats tune on top of a dance beat.
    this shit aint hip hop.
    u fucken latinas jump on some lame shit for real.
    man id be fucken ashamed if he was reppin my code…BK what!

    and dats some real fuckin talk, punk bitches.

  • BK BROTHER

    bud you stupid fool, pitbull is nothin compared to com and kanye. i didnt even know about this pitbull faggit til today, he’s a fucken lame.

    you latinos can keep bumpin his wack shit, while i’ll be bumpin hova,game, nas, clipse. just make sure you dont listen to them cause pitbull is waaaay better.

    damn.

  • flava dav

    to the cat that never heard the posion clan joint, check out the c.d. 2 low life muthas and j.t. money’s solo joints- luke was doing the same thing def jam was doing in early 80′s but did not get the credit for shit!!to show what an effect miami had on the industry the ying yang twins named their c.d. 2 live crew!!!!!!!!!!

  • flava dav

    just listining to the old school 2 live joints bring back memories- mr. mixx ,bad ass producer and dj- underrated

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/LEGACYHIPHOP BELIZE

    Do ur thang papi…(but b/w me and u cut the club joints to 2 maybe 3 for the next album)

    ~PUFF~PUFF~PROPPZZZZ~~~~

  • cballababy

    dont b h8in on pitbull he da shit , “el mariel” da shit , miami da shit everything he do is da shit .

  • DadeCountyPrincess

    i luv it!!! pit your da best true!!! keep doin wat you doin repen dat 305 and latinos!! =] dont worry aobut these hataz!!

    much luv papo!!!

    p.s. el mariel is da shit boii!!!!!!!!! =]

  • bud

    bk ujr a nerd shut ur slave ass up nigga the puertoricans must of been beating u up all ur life up there in gay ass newyork son god b ya talk gay as fuck u slave

  • 110 street

    dominicanboy go bac to your country you do not understand this thing we call hiphop, once again props to pit but he and pun u can not compare.

  • 11kap

    I like the song “Born N Raised” by Dj Khaled featuring Trick Daddy, Pitbull, and Rick Ross. That shit was hard as fuck to be from Miami. That’s the only song I know of with Pitbull that I like so far. There might be at least one more tho.
    I know one thing tho, NYC still has the hardest niggas inna world. I don’t care how much you hate my state. Niggas represent up there always. Native New Yorker. Home of the g’s. Stay black.

  • Phoebe

    THAT NIGGA IS RAW AS HELL! TO ALL YA FUCKING HATAS FROM WHO GIVES A FLYIN FLIPPIN FUCK WHERE, YALL CAN GO FUCK UR SELVES. because obviously you don’t see talent went its right in front of your face. Hijo de putas

  • dominican boy

    new york niggas r all puertorican black wannabes what u talking bout

  • Erica

    On some real shit, New York was “on top” as far as hip-hop was concerned, but anyone can tell you, including industry pros that it an evolving are whether the talent is from Texas or Miami–hip-hop like technology is changing and evolving. Pitbull is one of those dudes who took a little from all realms of hip-hop–some of his shit sounds like it could’ve been created by a NY nigga. His roots are southern, therein he creates music that is highly influenced by Miami flava. Some of yall ignorant bastards need to evolve and get off the same shit. Yall haters need to Stop this shit is gettin “tired” Don’t be mad cause he’s fine and talented. Pitbull could chew ya asses up and spit you out lyrically in English and then again in Espanol. DOn’t be mad cause you barely know English. Stop hatin’.
    Que pasa? Estas jealousa????Yeah I think so–Pitbull is the mutha-fucking man, he is a true lyricist, activist, and MAN!Just cause he don’t talk ’bout how much jewelry he’s rockin’ or how much money he has— unlike these fools out her he wants to educate his fans, open their minds to things larger than that materialist bullshit–if you notice he don’t gotta be rockin platinum chains with more diamonds than he can carry like this mutha fucka out here–he got a bigger purpose than boasting–bout what he has and rubbing it in our faces–he doesn’t need all that shit–he’s gonna be big and you fools that don’t wanna hear are gonna eat you fucking words, when this shit happens—Pit baby hit me up–you the man fuck these haters. I’m a Pit fan til I die–hate on that shit bitches!

  • Erica

    Alright, Pun (RIP) and Pit, well let’s see reggaeton is coming up, remember the era coined “the latin explosion” when Marc Anthony, J.Lo and Ricky Martin all dropped albums that were huge sellers. Well, when Pun was alive in order to sell a lot of records he couldn’t do a bilingual album– his fans were black and latino and the occasional white cats. Pitbull just happened to step on the scene when reggeaton was big–if you notice all ethnicities can get down to reggaeton. Go to a club that plays hip-hop, reggae, and reggaeton–it is a diverse scene–not only latinos. I am don’t speak spanish fluently and a lot of the time I gotta ask what things mean, but I love reggaeton–Wisin y Yandel, Tego, Don Omar, Voltio, Calle 13, & Ivy Queen–all them. My point is that Pun could have spit in English and probably in Spanish, but it wouldn’t have done as well because we hip-hop fans weren’t ready. Timing is everything especially in the music industry. Don’t hate on Pun cause he was the man too, he would have been proud to be a part of this evolution of hip-hop and latin culture emerging. Pit is a hip-hop artist who happens to be Cuban but he stepped out when Latin music is more appreciated and respected.
    —Yo soy boricua—pa’ que tu lo sepa!

  • gipsy

    what the fuk is all this talk about ny dont no 1 give a flying fuk about ny ok i hello all these rapers that are from ny suk ass its all some lame ass shit and they dont even no what they talking bout pit on the other hand and all the other ppls that have come from the south are the mutha fukin bomb bitch i mean i aint from miami im from new orleans bt i can still listin to his songs and respect wat he cot to say regardless of the fact that he from mia he still reppin every thats going on with us cubans ( im cuban 2 u dont gotta liv in mia to be cuban ) and even the stuff that aint gotta do with us he just reeppin wats true life

    keep the good work up pit

  • WEZTKOASTSUR13_LOZANGELEZKILLAFORNIA

    PITBULL REPRESENTS MIAMI PRETTY GOOD FOR A LIL WHITE BOY ANTI-CASTRO . EVERYONE THAT CAME IN EL MARIEL WERE COWARDS AND TRAITORS OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION SO IT MAKES ME SICK TO EVEN LOOK AT DAT PIECE OF SHIT ALBUM. PITBULL READ YOUR FUCKING HISTORY AND LEARN THE TRUTH IGNORANT ASS PRO-AMERICAN MOTHERFUCKER. UR MUSIC IS AIGHT UNTIL U SPEAK SPANISH DAT SHIT FUKS IT UP HOMIE. TRICK DADDY IS A COOL NIGGA BUT HE SUCKS, RICK ROSS CANT EVEN RAP I AINT TRYING TO HATE BUT THATS THE FUKIN REALITY. 2 LIVE CREW THEM NIGGAS SOUND LIKE LIL FUKIN KIDS. IVE BEEN TO MIAMI AND DAT PLACE LOOKS NICE BUT ITS FILLED WITH WANNABE S AND WANSTAS, THERE ARE SOME REAL NIGGAS BUT VERY FEW.all ya’LL MIAMI BITCHES SHOULD TAKE A TRIP TO THE WESTSIDE OR EVEN NEW YORK AND CHICAGO TO SEE REAL FUKIN GANGZTAZ

  • gipsy

    PITBULL REPRESENTS MIAMI PRETTY GOOD FOR A LIL WHITE BOY ANTI-CASTRO . EVERYONE THAT CAME IN EL MARIEL WERE COWARDS AND TRAITORS OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION SO IT MAKES ME SICK TO EVEN LOOK AT DAT PIECE OF SHIT ALBUM. PITBULL READ YOUR FUCKING HISTORY AND LEARN THE TRUTH IGNORANT ASS PRO-AMERICAN MOTHERFUCKER. UR MUSIC IS AIGHT UNTIL U SPEAK SPANISH DAT SHIT FUKS IT UP HOMIE. TRICK DADDY IS A COOL NIGGA BUT HE SUCKS, RICK ROSS CANT EVEN RAP I AINT TRYING TO HATE BUT THATS THE FUKIN REALITY. 2 LIVE CREW THEM NIGGAS SOUND LIKE LIL FUKIN KIDS. IVE BEEN TO MIAMI AND DAT PLACE LOOKS NICE BUT ITS FILLED WITH WANNABE S AND WANSTAS, THERE ARE SOME REAL NIGGAS BUT VERY FEW.all ya’LL MIAMI BITCHES SHOULD TAKE A TRIP TO THE WESTSIDE OR EVEN NEW YORK AND CHICAGO TO SEE REAL FUKIN GANGZTAZ

    ^^^^^^^^^
    first of all the ignorant 1 is you talking about some stuff u dont no now i would be willing to bet that ur probably some mexican or somthing that is pro castro or some shit maybe before you say that pit dousnt no eney thing about politics you should brush up on ur history ok buddy yea and the ppl that left were cowards and traitors ? what dumb ass told you that ok yea my ppl are cowerds becouse they desided to leave a country were ur opinion is not validated and were your not an indivisual ok
    how were they traitors of the cuban revolution no one wanted a “revolution” ok the only traitors are dumb asses like you who try to play it off like they no eney thing about politics wene ur just a wanna be dont try so hard to sound smart you may hurt ur self

  • http://www.pitbullmusic.com 305 Monster

    Incredible we still got haters coming in here to hate on Pit! Damn…you must need some attention! Pitbull, keep doing your thing and use these haters as fuel to add to the fire! ***305 til “WE” die***

  • BROWN SUGAR

    New york is a bunch of pussies fuck shit talkers. Miami is leavin soft york in the ground.check the crime rate for facts New york has the lowest crime rate for any big city.Miami has the highest crime rate for any big city.Pitt bul trick daddy 2 live crew rick ross trina keep doin yo thing let tha world know how soft new york is and how real Miami niggaz are.

  • LOS ANGELES NIGGA

    FUCK NEW YORK Miami has tha most talent no doubt.

  • Big J

    LOS ANGELES NIGGA Says:

    January 5th, 2007 at 11:15 am
    FUCK NEW YORK Miami has tha most talent no doubt.

    What? I think I need to get my eyes checked. What does this say?

    How many rappers does Miami have, like 10. New York has like what 1000. Thye have the most intense underground scene in the country. What? All Miami got is Trick Daddy and Trina. Nas and Remy got them beat any way.

  • http://www.marshawj.org/toscana toscana

    E grande io ha trovato il vostro luogo! Le info importanti ottenute! ))