In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Latina magazine is releasing a special edition of the mag to present the 20 most influential and impactful covers ever, and Pitbull’s 2011 issue made the list!
Pitbull: Rap Without Borders — Vanity Fair
Pitbull is featured in the August issue of Vanity Fair, where he talks about going global, being called a sellout, and meeting with Donald Trump.
Pitbull in People en Español’s “Los 50 Más Bellos”
Las Vegas Magazine: He’s Suave, He’s Sexy, He’s Pitbull
Pitbull is gracing the cover of this week’s Las Vegas Magazine to promote the second round of his residency!
Read the article below!
Want your wife or girlfriend to love you forever? We’ve got one piece of advice: Take her to a Pitbull concert.
The rap star’s residency at Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort, which resumed this month, has an effect on women that’s hard to describe unless you’ve been to one of his concerts. Things start off quietly enough—a dramatic video plays, outlining how the star’s parents were Cuban expatriates, and how he struggled to overcome considerable odds to become one of the biggest music stars on the planet—but once Pitbull emerges onstage and launches into hits like “Fireball,” good luck seeing the show if you’re still sitting.
But eventually it’s not just the female members of the audience who are losing their dancing inhibitions: Even reluctant husbands and boyfriends will eventually be coaxed into dancing by the sheer fun transpiring onstage.
That’s the power of Pitbull: He unites everyone in a frenzy of fun, mixing in his political views with great beats and lyrics that are all about the importance—and benefits—of freedom.
Pitbull shows no shortage of enthusiasm in discussing his ongoing Time of Our Lives engagement at Planet Hollywood Resort. The Miami-born rapper is the first rapper in history to earn a Vegas extended engagement. That residency began in 2015, the final year of his seven-year plan for success, designated for “making history.”
“That’s definitely a part of making history right there, to even have this opportunity to perform in Vegas, because it’s something that I feel was … the idea was spawned and blossomed in Cuba, in Havana,” says the 34-year-old son of Cuban expatriates who named him Armando Christian Perez. Prerevolutionary Cuba’s tourism influenced the development of Las Vegas, and after Castro came to power many Cuban entertainers left the island nation for the Strip. “Vegas is something that is deeply rooted in culture for me and, I would say, my family, but to also be a part of what I would see as the (entertainment) elite in Vegas is amazing.”
It may have seemed an audacious goal more than a decade ago when Pitbull’s “Culo” was ubiquitously heard in Vegas nightclubs, but he has arguably made an indelible mark in the music industry and beyond. His 2015 album Dale is his ninth and, due to its diversity of influences, serves as a metaphor for his hometown’s melting pot. He is in demand for endorsements, has his own brand of vodka, Voli, and an eponymous fragrance, hosted his New Year’s Eve television special in December and maintains a development deal for online content.
He can envision his name on Strip marquees for extended periods, though. “Obviously, that would be the goal, to have something permanent in Vegas,” says Pitbull. “But just to be able to have two weeks over there and really soak up the city, soak up the people, soak up the energy … for us on our career side, it’s great. It’s only going to give us more ideas for records and opportunities, but more than anything it’s amazing to have this opportunity, and I’m still in awe about it.”
During his first residency in September and October, Pitbull broke ground on the Las Vegas version of his successful Sports Leadership & Management charter school in Miami; that’s scheduled to open this fall. Florida also made Pitbull its official tourism ambassador in recognition of his often-expressed civic pride, and politicians are rumored to have attempted to curry favor before the presidential primaries.
Pitbull has his eyes on a different prize, though. “Vegas is what it is now, and Cuba’s going to reopen,” he says. “I’m hoping to be the bridge between them, and be the one that performs in Vegas and also gets the chance to have a residency in Cuba once it completely opens up.”
Planet Hollywood Resort, 9 p.m. March 16, 18-19, 23 & 25-26, starting at $35 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster
(Source: Las Vegas Magazine)
Celebrity Chef, Nelson Espinoza, Dishes on Pitbull’s Favorite Food
In the February 2016 issue of TVyNovelas magazine, El Chef de las Estrellas, Nelson Espinoza, dished on what Pitbull loves to eat!
Espinoza revealed that Armando’s absolute favorite food is Seafood, especially shrimp, sushi and ceviche. Nelson also said that Pit is fascinated by Peruvian dishes such as tiradito.
“For Pitbull you can’t forget ceviche, shrimp cocktails and fish – he also loves sushi. He loves Peruvian tiradito, he’s fascinated by Peruvian food. He’s a crazy eater, he goes into the kitchen and plays around with the chefs,” said Nelson Espinoza.
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Pitbull: “How my Mom Saved my Life” – Full Article + Scans
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Pitbull: How My Mom Saved My Life
The global superstar shares how his mother’s tough love helped him turn away from drugs and realize his dreams.
At 17, after a day or hustling and dealing drugs on the sweaty streets of Miami, Pitbull came home to find that he was no longer welcomed there. “My mom goes to me, ‘I don’t want to see you until you figure out what you’re going to do. What you are out there doing, that is short money. You can’t even pay attorneys, and you’re going to end up in prison. I already lived this life with your father, but you are a grown man now, and you can make your own decisions,’” he remembers his mother, Alysha Acosta, saying before she kicked him out. “It wasn’t that she scolded and was punishing me. It was more like giving me freedom to make that choice, and it woke me up.”
From then on the rapper focused his business acumen on music, scoring his first record deal three years after that fateful conversation with his mom, who raised him on her own. Large-scale success can swiftly after. Following several hit-songs and albums, the son of two Cuban immagrants—who’s heritage made him a bit of an outsider on the world of hip-hop—expanded his empire, which today includes his own record label, perfume, vodka clothing line and restaurant chain. “One thing my mother taught me was that you have the freedom to control your own destiny,” says Pitbull, 34, who was born Armando Christian Peréz before choosing the dog breed as his professional name (he liked their tenacious nature). “In this country, you have the opportunity to become who you want to become, and do what you want to do with your life.”
Now that he’s known as Mr. Worldwide, he’s trying to inject more of that American-dream optimism in Miami’s Little Havana, the immagrant neighborhood he grew up in. In August 2013 he opened up SLAM (Sports Leadership and Management), a public charter school for sixth to twelfth graders. “It’s priceless to be able to motivate these young kids. I look at them and I see me,” he says of the students. “I’ve been there and done that and speak to them in a certain language, so that they go, ‘Oh, okay.’ To be able to be in that position, and change just one life, that is your ultimate turning a negative into a positive.”
At home, he’s trying to do the same for his six children. “The most important thing in being a father is leading by example,” says the rapper who is big on good manners, like opening car doors for women and saying thank you. They are lessons he learned from his mother, his most treasured muse. “That woman made me a man. She taught me how to survive, and I want to teach my kids that. Why? Because I don’t want them to feel like they’ve got to live in my shadow,” he says. “They’re going to be bigger, badder, stronger, smarter, but they have to understand their own worth. They say pressure bursts pipes or makes diamonds. My mom taught me how to make diamonds.”
Armando and Gloria Estefan were also featured in the magazine, where there was a pic of them at Festival People.
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Pitbull in People en Español’s “Los 50 Más Influyentes” Edition – Full interview + Scans.
Mr. Worldwide has been named the most influential Latino of 2015 by People en Español. He is featured on the cover of the magazine’s Los 50 Más Influyentes edition, out now.
In case the magazine isn’t available where you are, or you are unable to purchase it, Pitbull Updates has the full interview in Spanish and English, plus scans of Pit’s section in the issue!
Read the interview in English below!
Pitbull greets me with a firm handshake and opens the door to the ladies, at least he did during the photo shoot in Miami. And an exclusive interview? It was granted in the backseat of a luxury car as his driver took him to a meeting to finalize the details of the series, Life, based on his musical tour that Spike TV is airing.
In fact, his new CD, Dale (from the label Mr. 305 Inc.), was created in airplanes, yachts, hotels and islands across the globe. Thanks to him not sitting still, his music stands today on radio and in countless clubs, his mischievous smile adorns billboards and he has his own vodka, clothing line, perfume and restaurants – which has let him become an unstoppable global force and People en Español’s most influential figure of the year.
How did he get the name Pitbull? “A friend of mine gave me the name because I have forever been fighting very hard with words, in life, in my career… biting, no barking,” he says with laughter. The Cuban American, Armando Christian Perez, 34, doesn’t forget his origins. He learned the art of survival from his mother, grandmother and aunt. “Women raised me,” he says. “They taught me to be thorough, organized. I earned this intuition they have.”
Intuition that led him to change the course of his life. An argument with his mother, Alysha Acosta, who warned him that if he continued in the drug world, he would have to leave home when he was still a teenager, straighten his steps. Today, he motivates other kids attending his charter school SLAM! in Miami – that emphasizes sports and instills leadership – to let the kids also go “from negative to positive.”
In fact, his six children are his engine. “Being a dad is the only true love that I have,” says the artist, whose fortune amounted to $12 million in 2014 according to Forbes magazine. “For me, the most important thing is to teach by example.” So it takes time, but his busy schedule seems like an action movie. “My life is like James Bond,” he jokes. And if he has a Bond girl? “There’s always room for love,” he admits, “but these beings are the most protected.”
Besides singing in his New Year’s party in Miami (which will air on FOX on December 31), Pitbull wants to fulfill the dream that one day he will sing with Celia Cruz; and sing in Cuba after it becomes free. “[I want to] sing for her, for everyone who died without seeing or touching this land,” he says. His own dreams, he adds, have already come true. “I am the best example of the American dream, and that is not a lie” he says. “If you want to, go and fight me.”
Read the interview in Spanish below:
Pitbull es un hombre que saluda con un fuerte apretón de manos y les abre la puerta a las damas. Al menos asi lo hizo durante esta sesion de fotos en Miami. Y su entrevista exclusiva? Fue concedida en el asiento trasero de un lujoso auto mientras su chofer lo llevaba a una reunion para ultimar los detalles de la serie, Life, basada en su gira musical, que se transmitira por Spike TV. Es evidente que esta superestrella – cuyo grito de guerra es “Dale!” – no para.
De hecho, su nuevo CD Dale (de disquera Mr. 305) fue creado en aviones, yates, hoteles e islas por todo el planeta. Gracias a no quedarse quieto, su pegajose musica se destaca hoy en las radio y en un sinnumero de discotecas, su picara sonrisa adorna vallas comerciales y cuenta con su propio vodka, linea de ropa, perfume y restaurantes – lo cual lo ha convertido en una fuerza global imparable y la figura mas influyente del ano de “People en Espanol”.
Como surgio la leyenda de Pitbull? “Un amigo mio me dio el nombre por siempre estar peleando muy duro con las palabras, en la vida, en mi carrera, mordiendo, no ladrando”, cuenta entra risas el cubanoamericano Armando Christian Perez, de 34 anos, que no olvida sus origenes. El arte de la supervivencia lo aprendio de su madre, abuela y su tia. “Las mujeres me criaron”, dice. “Me ensenaron a se detallista, organizado. Me transmitieron esa intuicion que tienen”.
Intuicion que lo llevo a cambiar el rumbo de su vida. Una discusion con su mama, Alysha Acosta, quien le advirtio de que si seguia en el mundo de las drogas tendria que irse de su casa cuando era aun adolescente, lo hizo enderezas sus pasos. Hoy, el motiva a otros jovenes que asisten a su escuela charter SLAM! en Miami – que enfatiza los deportes e inculca liderazgo – a tambien pasar “de negativo a positivo”.
De hecho. sus seis hijos son su motor. “Ser papi es el unico amor verdadero que tengo”, reconoce el artista, cuya fortuna ascendia a $12 milliones en el 2014 segun la revista Forbes. “Para mi, lo mas importante es ensenarles con mi ejemplo”. Por eso le dedica tiempo, aunque su hiper cargada agenda parezca cosa de pelicula. “Es un vida tipo James Bond”, bromea. Y en ella tiene a una Chica Bond? “Siempre hay espacio para el amor”, admite, “pero a esos seres son los que mas proteges”.
Además de cantar en la fiesta de Año Nuevo en Miami (que se transmitira por la cadena FOX el 31 de diciembre), Pitbull quiere cumplir el sueno que un dia tuvo su compatriota Celia Cruz: cantar en una Cuba libre. “[Quiero] cantar para ella, para todo el mundo que se murio sin ver o tocar su tierra”, senala. Sus propios suenos, agrega, ya se han hecho realidad. “Soy el mejor ejemplo de que el sueno americano no es una menitra”, afirma. “Si lo quieres, ve ya lucha lo.”
See scans from the magazine below!
Pitbull is the Most Influential Latino of 2015
Pitbull is on the cover of the latest issue of People en Español, leading the list of the 50 Most Influential Latinos in 2015!
In the magazine, Pitbull talks about his career, his history-making year and he reveals some details of his personal life, which he normally tries to keep out of the spotlight.
People en Español‘s Los 50 Más Influyentes edition is the November 2015 issue but it is in-stores now!
Here’s the full magazine cover:
See a behind the scenes look at his cover shoot below!
And watch a video of Pitbull playing Mi Primera Vez with People en Español below!
Pitbull Named the Most Influential Latin Star!
Pitbull will grace the cover of People en Español‘s November issue for their “Los 50 más Influyentes (The 50 most Influential)” edition!
The issue will be on shelves later this month!