The international music scene, which went downhill over the years due to high entertainment tax in India seems to be finally picking up. With Metallica performing last month in Bangalore and the Scorpions revealing to HT about their 2012 plans, another big name would be soon enthralling Indian audiences. Armando Christian Perez, better known to the world as Pitbull, would be rapping for audiences in Mumbai on December 3, New Delhi on December 2 and Pune on December 4. Says Utkarsh Bansal, of P3P E Ventures Pvt Ltd, which is organising the show, “Pitbull will bring music from diverse backgrounds to India. The concert will be something that you’ve never heard before in terms of sound and the management.”
Miami to Mumbai
Pittbull’s India concert will also raise funds for HIV-positive patients in the country, with proceeds going to the Suryoday Aids Foundation. However, the venues for the three concerts are still not finalised. Says Prashant Shirshat of 3rd Rock Entertainment, which is jointly organising the shows: “We are currently in talks with owners of various venues in Mumbai, Pune and Delhi. We will make a public announcement regarding the same in the coming few days.”
Internationally, American rapper Pitbull first rose to fame in 2002, with a collaboration on Lil Jon’s album, King of Crunk. Till date, he has collaborated with famous artists like Eminem, 50 Cent, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, Shakira, Gloria Estefan, T Pain, Sean Paul, Chris Brown, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Akon and Jamie Fox among others. His most recent collaborations include ‘On the floor,’ which is a Jennifer Lopez song and ‘Rain over me,’ which incidentally is sung by JLo’s recently separated husband, Marc Anthony.
The rapper chose his stagename Pitbull after a dangerous breed of dogs, that the rapper insists is just like him.
He encountered problems early in his career because he was a blue-eyed, Cuban American.
His debut album, M.I.A.M.I. (2004) is short for Money Is a Major Issue.
His single, ‘I know you want me...’ peaked at No.2 on the Hot 100 and peaked within the top ten spots in UK, Canada, Italy.