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12/12/2006 12:34:40 PM
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Best-selling Cuban American MC Pitbull’s much-anticipated second studio album El Mariel (Diaz Bros./TVT Records) has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Independent and number 2 on the Rap Albums Chart, with an opening salvo of 47,969 copies in its first week of release. Bolstered by the number one single, “Dime” on the Latin Urban Chart and second single “Ay Chico” poised to break the Top 20 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 Chart.
EL Mariel is filled with a star-studded crew of artists and producers. Pharrell (Neptunes, N.E.R.D.) joins Pitbull on “Jealouso”, while Wyclef Jean guests with Pit on “Jungle Fever.” Other highlights include “Bojangles” (with Lil Jon & Ying Yang Twins), “Que Tu Sabes d’Eso” (featuring Fat Joe), and “Fuego” (produced by Mr. Collipark).
With the sophomore album, El Mariel, named after the infamous Cuban boatlift that relocated almost 125,000 cubanos to Florida, Pitbull has made 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 appears in the just-released video game, ‘Scarface: The World Is Yours’. In the game, 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 summer’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 beats laced with reggaeton. He is equally comfortable sharing the stage at the VIBE Awards with Lil Jon as he is collaborating with Paulina Rubio at the MTV Latin America Awards.
Born to Cuban immigrants, Pitbull was raised by a single mother in Miami. With his mother, who worked three jobs, Pit was frequently relocating as a youth. The constant moving made Pit adapt to any environment and interact with different types of people. His absent father reemerged in his life when Pitbull was 18. Since then
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