Pitbull is brilliant, as history will tell you
By CMU Editorial | Published on Monday 5 November 2012
Pitbull thinks that history will remember him fondly, though the trade-off for this is that, like Van Gogh, his “brilliance” will not be recognised in his lifetime. Poor Pitbull. It’s all the fault of the young people, you see.
The rapper told Q: “People don’t understand brilliance until after the fact – which happens with all artists, whether that’s Picasso, Michelangelo, Van Gogh”.
Critical success may have eluded him so far but, unlike Van Gogh, Pitbull has already enjoyed commercial success. Though he mainly puts that down to a good solid grounding in drug dealing – a trade he joined at the tender age of fifteen.
On his route into and through the music industry he said: “I took the mentality of everything I was doing on the street and applied it to music. It’s hustle. All you’re doing is moving a product. It’s almost like the ’48 Laws Of Power’. I never read the whole book, I only read the Cliffs notes, but those 48 laws can either manipulate you to be a really good person or a really bad person. It can teach you to be a snake or a gentleman. The guys I looked up to were gentlemen. I took the gentleman route”.