Pitbull: A Music Mix Q&A on his new Planet Pit album, women, and his Cuban energy


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There’s something to be said of a respected, street-certified rapper who can drop Ryan Seacrest’s name in his rhymes and still receive love from his peers and mainstream audiences alike. That’s Pitbull.

The Miami spitter is warming up the Billboard hot 100 chart with his latest single, the Ne-Yo-assisted “Give Me Everything.” That sits at No. 4. While his collab with Jennifer Lopez on her “On the Floor” rest two places behind it. And with his new club-driven album, Planet Pit dropping June 21, it’s safe to say that we’ll be hearing plenty more of him this summer.

For Entertainment Weekly‘s Best of Summer double issue (which hits newsstands this Friday, May 27), we caught up with Pit to talk about why his sixth effort will be the perfect for the season.

But here, find out if his studio sessions are filled with gorgeous women, why he doesn’t need coffee to get jacked up, and what excites him about Planet Pit.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s the atmosphere like in the studio when you’re creating?
I don’t really look for an atmosphere or anything like that. When I get in the studio the idea is just to work and bang out as many as I can. I always have fun making the music. My goal was to create a whole planet of music. So the goal was to create a Now [That’s What I Call Music] album, which is when people hear it they’re like, “Oh, this is a single! That’s a single! Oh boy, this is a single.”

So were there beautiful women all over the studio?
Oh no. But those are around every day! Why take them to the studio? The whole point is to get out of the studio. That way you can go hang out with them. I work hard. But I play hard, too. Growing up in Miami and that atmosphere—whether it was across the bridge, meaning the street side of Miami—or South Beach to party, it definitely influences my music one way or another. So anytime I’m in the studio all I have to do is tap into my memory bank and go “Oh, I remember this night. Boom, let’s jus write about it.”

Where does all of your energy come from?
I’m definitely someone who enjoys life and wakes up with a ball of energy. Me being a Cuban American, we’re known for drinking this Cuban coffee that really gets you going. But me, I don’t drink that. I’d run through a couple of walls if I did. I wake up like I drank 10 of them already. I’m always high energy and spirited. What’s the point of working so hard and not enjoying life?

Who are some of the producers you worked with for the album?
The producers that we’re working with on this album are hit-makers with great ears. You’ve got RedOne, Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Dr. Luke, Afro Jack—and [“Give Me Everything] is Afrojack’s first big, big record. Polow Da Don is on the album. And when you get in the studio with the folks, each of them has their own vibe. But they all have the same goal: “How do we give you the biggest record possible?” So we go to the studio and you play everybody else’s record to each other. And they’ll be like, “Okay, we have to outdo that one.” It’s a friendly competition that brings the best out of all of us.

Why is this a good summer album?
With all the negativity going on in the world right now, people need an escape. When you give them a hit record or a great record, it allows them to escape for at least three to four minutes. They’re not thinking bills or economy or immigration or war when you create that kind of ambiance. For the summertime, that’s when everybody unwinds. [Sings Will Smith’s “Summertime” chorus]

What’s Planet Pit look like?
It’s all about being yourself and enjoying it. For example, I live in so many genres in the music business. I don’t have any problem adapting or mutating or making a fusion with different kind of beats because I know myself. A lot of people are scared that they’re going to lose their credibility or lose the street. And the guys that are scared to try other music or just to be creative are the ones who aren’t in tune with themselves. Planet Pit is all about that. If you’re in tune with yourself, you’re going to bring something to the table. Or to the planet, which is a good time and good business. And a lot of great women!

What’s a song you’re especially proud of?
There’s a song there called “Castles in the Sand” featuring Kelly Rowland. It shows another side of me. But yet it has that big pop rhythmic feel to it. I think that when that hits the radio, people are going to look at me in a whole different light.

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Comments (9 total) Add your comment
  • Phil

    Oh look, a featured in depth interview with Pitbull 2 years after I asked the writers & editors to run a substantial story on him on the strength of his single “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”. I guess after being featured on superstar artists single like Usher, Jennifer Lopez and such y’all feel he is ready for the spotlight. Thanks for finally catching up to one of the actual rising superstars of pop raido for the last 2 years. His live performance is awesome & if you get a chance to see him and Enrique this Fall, def. check him out!

  • outside agitator

    both those “lyrics” look like they were written by a buck-toothed stepchild on the short bus. I can’t believe a professional music critic would praise this crap because Ryan Seacrest is mentioned in an extrememly poorly written verse.

  • tigger851

    u just don’t know miami flavor!

    • outside agitator

      is Miami flavor really bad lyrics and drum machines? hey, if you like it, you like it….but it’s so poorly written it barely qualifies to be called a song. I know people who can do better than that at home with a few programs. calling this guy’s stuff “music” is like tracing Wall-E’s picture on some paper, flipping it through your fingers and calling it Pixar’s latest animated blockbuster.

      • CHANTY


      • Irishka

        Music irutsdny can be a pain, as I tried and failed at succeeding in it, but if you stay committed, I’ve seen it work out for a lot of people.

  • go pitbull!

    thanks ew for this interesting interview. Pitbull is one of the most talented artists out there and deserves all the recognition and success! I love his voice-he has great voice! and his song is #3 on the billboard hot 100

  • nellie

    we love you and your wonderful music.
    keep shaking your beautiful body. i love cubano’s. keep up the good work. can’t wait to see you here in houston,tx again.
    love nellie

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