I love Pitbull! The Miami rapper, born Armando Christian Pérez, has become a worldwide sensation as Pitbull (aka Mr. 305) for his hit singles with the top names in the music industry. His latest Billboard chart topping song, “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, has been named by many as the anthem of the 2011 summer.
Earlier this week Pitbull appeared on TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb during a special honoring all things Latin. They asked the rapper/producer about his Latin-influenced music and how he collaborates with music sensations like Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and Ne-Yo.
During the interview with Kathy Lee and Hoda he was asked how being the child of Cubans has influenced him? Pitbull, a first generation American, answered “…you appreciate everything that this country has to offer which is opportunity, freedom, a chance to create a future for your family, to create your own destiny. It was something thaPt was instilled in us since we where very very young.” (video)
He recounted that while he was growing up Miami everyday his family would tell him “esto no pasa en Cuba” (this doesn’t happen in Cuba), emphasizing that in Communist Cuba he would not have the same ability to follow his dreams. Pitbull said they instilled in him to “make sure you take advantage of all the opportunities you have in the United States.”
Like many Cuban-American kids, Pitbull’s family nurtured in him a deep gratitude for America and its unique opportunities to control your own destiny. No other nation on the planet affords its citizens the same possibilities
Pitbull’s bi-lingual music has been deeply influenced by his parent’s heritage and his Miami roots. Learn more: http://www.pitbullmusic.com