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When the Southern-flavored party rap} called crunk took over urban} radio in 2004, Miami rapper Pitbull} decided it was time to seek stardom. The way Pitbull} sees it, "crunk ain't nothin' but bass music} slowed down." Miami bass music} that is, the kind Pitbull} grew up on. His parents were first-generation Cuban immigrants who didn't let their son forget about his culture. They required him to memorize the works of Cuban poet {%José Martí}, and Pitbull} understood the power of words right away. Southern acts like Poison Clan} and Luther Campbell} were early influences, but as he grew, the young rapper got turned on to the G-funk} sound of the West Coast and the New York City point of view Nas} brought to the game.

Pitbull} got involved in the game himself when he started appearing on Miami mixtapes. A meeting with Irv Gotti} resulted in nothing, but soon Luther Campbell} called on the rapper to appear on his "Lollipop"} single. It brought Pitbull} to the attention of the Diaz Brothers} management team, who introduced the rapper to the king of crunk, Lil Jon}. A Pitbull} freestyle landed on Lil Jon}'s platinum-selling Kings of Crunk} album in 2002, and the rapper's "Oye"} track appeared on the 2 Fast 2 Furious} soundtrack} in 2003. Ready to take it all the way to the top, Pitbull} unleashed his debut full-length, M.I.A.M.I.}, in 2004 on the TVT} label with the Lil Jon}-produced single "Culo"} leading the way. Soon Pitbull} was making guest appearances on tracks by everyone from the Ying Yang Twins} to Elephant Man}. The 2005 compilation Money Is Still a Major Issue} collected the best of these collaborations along with some remixes and unreleased tracks. In 2006 the single "Bojangles"} prepared fans for his next album, El Mariel}. ~ David Jeffries, All Music Guide

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