It’s a standing joke in our family that Mom — middle-aged suburban housewife that I am — really, really likes Pitbull. I love the way he does mash-ups of classic songs from the 50s through the 80s, and I like his cheerful, self-deprecating rap. He’s on my playlist, and I don’t care if the children groan when we’re driving in the car and, suddenly, there’s Pitbull. As you can see from these videos, he’s rather salacious, but that’s hard to avoid nowadays, and I just . . . well, I just like him:
Today, I also find myself in the rare position of not just liking a musical artist’s performance, but actually respecting his views. Why? Because Pitbull was disgusted with pop stars Beyoncé’s and Jay-Z’s much talked-about trip to Cuba. Jay-Z said of his visit:
“I done turned Havana into Atlanta,” Jay-Z raps. “[…] Boy from the hood, I got White House clearance… Politicians never did s— for me except lie to me, distort history… They wanna give me jail time and a fine. Fine, let me commit a real crime.”
Jay Z later raps: “Hear the freedom in my speech… Obama said, ‘Chill you gonna get me impeached. You don’t need this s— anyway, chill with me on the beach.’”
Both of those vapid airheads (Jay-Z and Beyoncé) seemed very pleased with themselves for having visited a communist country that keeps its people imprisoned in grinding poverty, under the constant eye of the state police.
Pitbull was not impressed. He did a pro-American rap, which he promoted on his Twitter account (click on image to get to Pitbull’s tweet):
Pitbull — thank you!!! Next time my children tease me about loving your music, I’m going to tell them that you’re not just a great rapper/musician, you’re also a principled and decent man. Woo-hoo!