Besides being one of the must popular and best-dressed rappers around, Pitbull is now a paid but covert P.R. man for Florida.
Pitbull’s latest video is called “Sexy Beaches” and it makes Florida look even better than it is. And it turns out the video was financed by Visit Florida.
It isn’t the first time Pitbull, aka Armando Perez, has celebrated (or at least referenced) Florida in his work. His debut solo album was titled “M.I.A.M.I.” His next two album titles, “El Mariel” and “The Boatlift,” also referred to historic events involving Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, where Pitbull grew up. And he released a diss song titled “Welcome 2 Dade County” aimed at Lil Wayne.
In fact, Pitbull has probably created more music about Florida than Jimmy Buffett.
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You can see Pitbull right here in his home state this weekend, when he brings his “The Bad Man” tour to Amalie Arena in Tampa.
The supporting acts are pretty impressive.
Prince Royce is a young singer-songwriter from the Bronx, who hit it big right out of the box. His first two singles, “Stand by Me” and “Corazon Sin Cara” both shot to the top of the Billboard Tropical chart.
Farruko, a reggaeton singer and songwriter who hails from Puerto Rico, is only 25, but he’s already been around for a while. In 2011, he earned a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Urban Music Album for “The Most Powerful Rookie.”
Pitbull, by the way, released his 10th studio album earlier this year. It’s called “Climate Change.” Four years ago, he dropped an album titled “Global Warming.”