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In late 2006, DJs across the country started getting wind of a new cat hitting the scene out of the Lonestar State. At this point no one knew much about him except that he was reppin his block. Which block was unsure, but it was somewhere in Houston. A city which over the last decade went from a few founding fathers with the likes of UGK, Rap-A-Lot Records, and SPM working their fingers to the bone and rapping their vocal cords numb to make it in the game to a city where legends are bred. When the new millenium hit a new breed of lyricists began to hatch. Carrying on the traits of their predecessors but bringing new styles with a bold sense of swagger…..
You began to hear ballers throughout the Southwest working their way up through the states play a CD called Getcha Mind Correct. A deep voice of a guy apparently 6’6” tall was introduced. Countless more followed producing platinum records and tapping billboard charts. Unfortunately at this point a young Latino by the name of Roberto Gallinares had just got his diploma and only sought a future hustling as a D-boy on the streets. Until a drug deal gone bad made him decide to put full focus on a rap career he felt fit for the occasion. Growing up in Houston Texas, Rob grew up amongst all these rappers who had already earned recognition on a national level and had no problem rounding them up for his first project the “Reppin My Block” Mixtape. On it he featured Slim Thug, Lil Keke, Chamillionaire, and was even able to reach out to the west coast to get WC on a track just to name a few.
Rob was on a mixtape mission for the past couple years from the Reppin My Block Mixtape to Shakin Hands Kissin Babies which was hosted by Pitbull. Until the recent release of “Both Sides of the Fence” in which he collaborated with Trae Tha Truth, Rob hadn’t felt the responsibility of his own independent release. “It was a gut check to see if I could really get my CEO on,” he confirms and definitely, proud of the project which before released sold 5,000 copies the first week (February 17th) before it even hit the shelves and now over 10,000 units moved it has helped keep him relevant in the game. With no help from his label and all the money coming back to himself, Rob admits he doesn’t do it for the money. “But when you can’t make money and it hinders you as an artist you’re put in a box and you have to think a certain way like, damn I have to make a song that’s gonna sell.” Both Sides of the Fence has put him in a position where he can make music his way and at the same time keep building his buzz. With in store signings, club appearances, and radio interviews throughout Texas and across Houston where Rob and Trae’s fan base is already big, the turn out and reviews have been phenomenal. With an album full of bangers, this is only the first volume of many to come and Rob looks forward to the next one.
What kind of impact has it had with the black and the brown community coming together in the streets?
First and foremost, lets be real. The game is dominated by blacks to the point where there’s not a lot of latin rappers out there prominent just holding it down. Basically our people don’t have too many to grasp on to.
Not only is the message we’re pushing great being positive with the black and brown community coming together, we’re opening people’s eyes and letting them the know the movement from my side of the fence being hispanic “latin american” how I like to call it. It shows urban latin kids like myself as well as urban black kids we’re all on the same team. We’re all going through the same shit. Look at statistics. Any projects or low income neighborhoods are gonna be black or Hispanic. Same in the prisons, so we just felt we cappin what I rep and Trae’s reppin what he reps was a great opportunity. Just the content gave people a chance to hear more of what I do than just what they hear me put on radio. I got to showcase my skills and prove how well rounded of an artist I am which I say humbly. Trae’s a monster in the underground scene in Texas. He’s so well respected in the South he runs it to the point that mainstream artists fuck with him heavy heavy. It put me on another stage and in the words of Trae “I came through and I held it down.” Opportunities from this are gonna open up greatly for this. Hopefully, it gives the black and Latin kids the message that yo, these guys are out here doing it and we can do it to. My main message is to make latin american kids proud of who they are and proud of their culture. There’s so many with Spanish last names and don’t know a lick of Spanish.
How do you separate yourself from other Houston artists?
Really it’s just being me. I embrace my city, I embrace the culture, I embrace the South. It’s a big part of me growin up, but my passion for music isn’t because I like grills or slabs, that’s not why I do music. I’ve been different and its done nothing but benefit me. At first I heard, “He don’t rap like an H-Town cat”, but at the end of the day now it shows people I had the nuts to come out and do me and still scream Houston. I scream Houston everywhere I go. I will not wear a baseball cap with a team on it that’s not a Houston team. That’s like against our H-Town religion. I like breathe and shit my city but when it comes to the creative side of music,
I’m gonna do me. When it comes to the way I dress or anything, I’m gonna do what I like and not just what other people like. Anyone who embraces me now tell me, “you had the balls to come out and do you, be different, and say that you’re different and also call out other people for not being different and at the end of the day, I just do me.”
What you say your favorite gear out?
I like Crown Holdaz, LKG. I’m a Christian Artigier fan, Artful Dodger, True Religion jeans is my stuff. Sneakers are pretty basic, I stick to my white forces. I don’t like the loud colors. I like my skateboard shoes and some of the skateboard fashions. Whatevers hot. If it catches my eye, I’m a rock it.
You come out with a big name to carry, “The Freestyle King”, Any controversy over that?
I had a phone call from someone sayin they were Lil Flip telling me I had to stop sayin that shit. At first I thought it was Flip. So then I bump into Flip at the Ozones in Houston last year. He was coming down the escalator and wasn’t no one around. I had went outside to burn one. So first thing I do, I look at him and I’m like well I guess I’m a know now. So I look at him,”What’s up Flip?” Flip says, “Hey Rob, what up homie?”
We shook hands and it was good. So it was a fake Flip. Shout to the fake Flip.
The whole Freestyle King, I didn’t give myself that name. I do my thing and leave it up to the people to decide. I do my freestyle thing and humbly speaking, I’m good at it. I don’t proclaim myself to anything. What I do in this whole rap game is bigger than that but freestyle is one of the many things an MC has to be able to do.
I’ll always be on top of my freestyle game. Anyone who thinks they can freestyle better? I’m always up for it, but it’ll have to be worth it.
Pimp C Story?
I met Pimp on quite a few occasions, but one in particular is special to me. Most the times were out in public on industry shit but this one time I sat in a plane from Houston to N.Y. with him. We coincidentally got scheduled on the same flight in seats next to each other because of our last names. I was going for a photo shoot. He was going for a business meeting. As I sat down on first class and seen him walk up. I was like “Oh Shit! Pimp. What up?” We already knew each other. So he was like “Rob. What up?” That was our first real conversation really just talking. It was just so incredible, in the 5 hours that we happen to be together from the plane to baggage claim, to getting our cars and leaving. He just blessed me with so much game just about life, definitely about the music game. It was just a crazy experience that I’ll never ever forget. He’s a legend, R.I.P. Pimp C. One of the best out the South to ever do it. He was the guy that opened the doors for us.
S.W.A.T. Product is your label what does it stand for and originate from?
S.W.A.T. stands for South West A-Lief Texas. The hood I’m from. I been in that hood my whole life.
I love it, it’s really my favorite place on earth. I can honestly say I’ll never move. It stands apart from all the other hoods in Houston because it’s so culturally diverse. It’s so big. You asked, why am I different? Now that I think about it growing up, I was exposed to so many different cultures. You got parts that’s only Chinese.
You got your Caribbeans and so many Hispanic, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Colombian and El Salvadorian. Just being around the different fashions, music, and lifestyles. I appreciate where I’m from. That’s where SWAT came from. I flipped it to Street Wisdom and Talent, which is a group of Mcs from my neighborhood as an organization. Street – because to have that edge and be in tuned with the streets in what we do. Wisdom – we have to be smart. This is still a business. You wake up everyday and be very serious. Talent – speaks for itself. You can’t go anywhere without talent. I think that’s the backbone of what we do.
Any last shouts?
I like to tell everyone out there thanks! You, especially for getting me the interview. Like I tell people everywhere I go, Anything I can ever do let me know. I know I’m a talented artist, a blessed individual but I know I’m nothing without the people. Thanks to everyone that supports anything I do for the fans and companies like you for giving a chance to share my story. Shouts to everyone back home in the H. Make sure you get SlimThugs new album, Chamillionaires Mixtape Massiahes, and everybody else in the H doing
The release of his long anticipated first full length solo LP “The Inauguration” was scheduled for October 2007. He had to put it aside for a while due to his late wife passing away January 17th of 2008, leaving a single father of a young son. His labels Universal Republic and Latium have stuck by his side and showed him 110% commitment through his family complications. This young talented rap artist has a track record far beyond comparable. He swarmed the mixtape scene even facing Lil Wayne for the Mixtape of the Year Award at the Ozones in 2007. With free mixtape downloads and mixtapes under his belt, he already collabed with some of the biggest artists in the game and toured on a national level. With a strong management staff in his corner, Rob G continues to do what he does best, squash mc’s lyrically and put product out. So to the people wondering when he’ll hit the mainstream with The Inauguration preclassified a classic by The Unda$treaM. It’ll come when the time is right.
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Interview by: Breez
Pitbull has been part of the struggle Latin and Mexican Americans face with immigration since his late father boarded El Mariel in 1980 bringing 600 Cubans to America in search of freedom. When Pitbull joined Wyclef for the National Anthem in Spanish in 06’ speaking few but powerful words in Spanish people recognized not just a rapper but a strong Cuban leader to the Latinos. Pitbull strongly disagrees with the fact that America can use immigrants to build their country, but then strip them of their rights when they came in search for the so called home of the free and land of opportunity That is only Pitbull’s opinion, “I am an American, therefore I have a right to my opinion”. Pitbull states, “Don’t tell me you wanna do the National Anthem in English Mr. President but when you’re going out there to get votes you’re quick to speak Spanish, you understand me? So there’s something going on. Now why was I involved with it (National Anthem in Spanish) cause my fucking family is immigrants. I’m a first generation Cuban American. Cubans have different rights. Look what happen to the Bay of Pigs, America fuckin sold us out. America says they have our back we all jump in there head over to Cuba and at the last minute they pull out. So their way of telling us like they told the Indians here you can have casinos tax free, your own little piece of land, and you can all be citizens. Thats our treat our gift for how they sold us out on the Bay of Pigs. So thats why I made that record and I don’t give a fuck what nobody says. We have hunger strikes, rallies, all this don’t nobody say shit all of a sudden I do the National Anthem in Spanish and everyone wanna start trippin, ‘Oh he did the National Anthem in Spanish, oh thems spics he can’t do that….’ get the fuck out of here with that shit when half of us are the ones doing the jobs they won’t.“
Do you feel you took a stance that day?
Yeah, its all about taking a stand. I became the most loved and the most hated in this country you understand me but I don’t give a fuck at the end of the day cause if you don’t think out the box and you don’t really understand what people are going through then you don’t know struggle, go back in yo muthafuckin family tree and you’ll see that there’s immigrants and they paved their way for them to live their lives good and thats all were trying to do make sure our families live life good, get our eat on, the American Dream. So thats why I feel so heavy about that shit, so as soon as they asked me to get involved I was wit it 150% no problem, whether it hurts me, it’s not about Pitbull, talk to me about the album, I’m not promoting me I’m promoting the issues. They gonna see what type of clout what type of voice what type of power Latins have in this country. We’re gonna take a stance economically.
How do you feel coming from the streets to this where you at now?
Pitbull: Its a blessing dog and to see the people embrace my album the way they do, that why you see Pitbull the way you do. You don’t see Pitbull with no chains, no rims, no none of that shit, “I don’t ride 26’s I ride 22’s they’re too big. I came out here and I give you me. I feel alot of these rappers hide behind their chains, their gold teeth. I ain’t no rapper I’m a business man. I told Diddy about Chingo Bling that’s my nigga. I told him about reggaeton, that its here now but it won’t run the marathon, invest in Spanish muthafucka’s that could spit. In 10 years I want to be in Diddy’s position if not bigger, he’s a man I really idiolize and respect. I really appreciate the opportunity he gave me, Bad boy Latino didn’t work but I respect him as a business, I’m gonna do my own thang.
What’s your definition of hip-hop right now?
Pitbull: Hip hop right now, it’s commercial. It’s not what it used to be, but you know you gotta be a business man. . . you gotta go get this money. I think the hip-hop community has A.D.D., they need what’s next, what’s the new shit?. . . what’s this? . . . what’s that? . . . .that they need to be hearing that and basically what’s happening right now, but its gonna turn back around watch!
Do you feel like you brought some of the street feelin back, that grit and grind?
Pitbull: Not as far as with my records, if you listen to my mixtapes its a different story but as for my records I got out in the mainstream they all for the clubs. I don’t feel like thats nothin for the streets, but I’m undoubtably gonna drop a couple. Well the only one I dropped that got airplay for the streets was Dammit Man, you got your Tomas, your Culos, Shakes that ain’t street at all… that for the club for the women to have a good time, but what we lined up on El Mariel, watch out.
When I heard your track wit Twista. Twista keeps it gangsta and you can both flip it, I expected something a little more hard core than a booty shaker?
Pitbull: Smirk sent me the record from Mr. Collipark. I knocked out the hook, I knocked out my verse and you know to be on a record with Twista’s an honor. He’s like feature king and like I said you gotta adapt to your environment, if you move to a city and you know that certain shit is whats happening. (Then you gotta do it, you move to a city nigga and coke don’t move. Its mothafuckin crippin, then you gotta turn to crippin, you move to another city and it’s crack and heroine then you gotta move heroine or whatever it may be so basically its all about feelin the rhythm of the game, but Pitbull definitely has his own lane he can jump the rope fuck with the black folks, fuck with the latin americans, only one that spits English and Spanish. You know all types of shit thats what we come to do on this album. I dropped an English album called El Mariel and in Spanish called Armando for my Pops who passed away, so its about to get real ugly.
Pitbull: I don’t do the beef shit, I done had my altercations but I handle my beef different if I don’t like a nigga I see him in the club I buy him a drink. Call me what you want but you don’t touch my family or my money then we don’t have a problem. I don’t give a fuck about you. I don’t have problems, but there are some muthafucka’s I lost respect for in the game and I told em. I lost respect for you as a man. If I can let you know how I feel about you without shootin and all that its bigger. There’s something I always think about that Jay-Z said. . . he said if you kill somebody and they not breathin you ain’t saying nuthin, but if you kill somebody and they still breathing now you saying something. And thats the game in Spanish, we call it “Galletes Hermanos” like smackin someone without hittin’ em but you feel it, you know… niggaz get the hint. Niggaz out here act like they got something to prove get on camera showin guns and showin dope thats like snitching on yourself. You think these feds ain’t watchin our shit. Are you fuckin crazy? That’s why my albums, on El Mariel I’m totally different. I got a song “Come See Me”. I’ll admit its cool to flip birds but don’t bring that shit around me! That’s why I got into music I don’t wanna be a part of that shit. Thats old news. I ain’t sold dope in about 3 years nigga. If you rappin’ and you still hittin’ the block you got a muthafuckin problem.
What’s next for Pitbull? You’ve changed the game brought that Latin love to the game…
Pitbull: Norega, Big Pun, Fat Joe, they opened alot of doors. As far as Pitbull we got a couple movies I’m doin. Always think of Pitbull as the underdog that low key muthafucka. While these muthafuckas out here thinking they’re king I’m sneakin through the backdoor. Thats the way I do it. Its gonna be a good year with God’s help we gonna get past all the negotiations, I’ll pull it out my pockets if I have to. All I wanna say is the fans especially if it wasn’t for the fans after shows I go take pictures sign autografs cause if it ain’t them supporting me I ain’t shit at the end of the day. I thank the fans, thank God and just get ready cause I got all types of shit lined up.
Who haven’t you got with that you want to get with out there like with collabs?
And thats the game in Spanish, we call it “Galletes Hermanos” like smackin someone without hittin’ em but you feel it you know niggaz get the hint.
Pitbull: I don’t look forward to working with people, I usually just work with people that want to work with me. The reason me and Lil Jon make good records, cause we get in the studio and clown and say that shit’s tight, that shit’s awful. He tells me, “Chico (cause he calls me Chico) you should do this, you should do that” and I say, “yeah good idea, let’s do this, let’s do that” and that’s the reason you know, we just send each other records and jump on records and shit like that. But, I really just look forward to working with anybody, I like to work, bottom line. So, if they want to work with me I’m willing to work.
Appreciate your time Pit….
Pitbull: No I appreciate your time (and pounds his chest with a sign of respect)!!!
Pitbulls vibe with Lil Jon’s Latin meets crunk has taken hip-hop to new heights. Pitbull has proved success with his first two records M.I.A.M.I. and El Mariel. If ya’ll don’t know what El Mariel is watch the first scene of Scarface. “El Mariel” the album has definitely landed Pitbull in the land of opportunity and at the top of the Billboard charts. Now with his third album “The Boatlift” in the streets he explains the tough ride of a Cuban staying consistent to the rough waves of an American dream, “The Rap Game.” Too hip-hop for Latin and too Latin for hip-hop.