^
Keep New Times Free
4

Why Hasn't Pitbull Spoken About Fidel Castro's Death?

Though he's recently had albums titled Global Warming and Globalization and has an upcoming one called Climate Change, Pitbull has not lately been the most political of rappers. His verses in "Timber" had nothing to do with deforestation, and "Give Me Everything" makes no mention of where he comes down on tax rates. But because he is one of the most famous, if not the most famous, Cuban Americans in the world, it is surprising that, as of press time, Pitbull has made no mention of Fidel Castro's death. Not a Tweet, not a Facebook post, not even a random "Dale!"

His silence is even more surprising because one of the rare times he dipped his toe in political matters, it was to deal with Castro's oppression of the Cuban people. His second and third albums were titled El Mariel and Boatlift. Both records touched on growing up in an exile community but were mostly filled with party songs. More pointed was "Ya Se Acabó" in 2006. The Spanglish song was written a decade ago to commemorate that Fidel Castro transferred rule to his brother Raúl. It was predictive of the celebrations on Calle Ocho last week.

Now that Fidel Castro has officially left the world of the walking, though, it is surprising that there has been no comment from the Miami-born-and-raised Pitbull. Though we expect a lot from our artists, they don't really owe us their opinions. But Pitbull has never been one for subtlety. Like his eponymous breed of canine, he is a kinetic ball of energy, taking the stage aggressively and without pretense. So one has to think that in Mr. 305's first hometown show (even if Hard Rock is officially in the 954 area code) after Castro's death, he would let out a rallying cry for all of his fans and especially those of his shared heritage that now, once and for all, ya se acabó. 

Pitbull. 8 p.m. Friday, December 9, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Tickets cost $70 to $140 via ticketmaster.com.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.