Archive for the ‘Fidel Castro’ Category

Where I Agree with Fidel Castro

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Fidel Castro has called on FARC to release all hostages.

I have openly and energetically criticised the objectively cruel methods of kidnapping and holding prisoners in the jungle,” he wrote in an internet article posted on Sunday.

“If I may dare to suggest something to the Farc guerrillas, it is that they simply, by whatever means at their disposal, declare that they have unconditionally freed all the hostages and prisoners still under their control.”

Hugo Chavez called on FARC to release their hostages in June.

Pitbull and The Cuban Boat Lift

Friday, January 11th, 2008

The politics of most hip-hop could correctly be described as progressive; Pitbull is one of the main exceptions.

Pitbull is a Cuban-Anerican rapper living in Miami. As with many Cuban-Americans in Miami, Pitbull’s politics are strongly anti-Castro. This trend continues with the title of his new album The Boatlift. Pitbull recently spoke to about the origin of the title:

HipHopDX: What’s your mind state on this new album?
Pitbull: My mentality has always been to knock the record out, put it out or whatever, and then throw it out there. I call it The Boatlift ‘cause I feel everybody, somehow or someway, came to this country in a boat lift. If not then they’re running across a border trying to get here. With that said, this album is my way of giving them freedom through music. It’s my boat lift. It’s my way of taking them on a ride.

DX: Both the title of this album and the previous one make reference to the El Mariel Boatlift of 1980, which your late father played a role in. For those who don’t know, can you explain the significance of that event?
P: It’s very significant because my father was involved in bringing three boats over from Cuba. He brought 547 people to freedom in Miami. There were 125,000 refugees that came over from Cuba during the boat lift, which lasted from a six-to-eight-month period if I’m not mistaken. It’s a vital part of Hip Hop because the whole movie Scarface was based on the boat lift. Everybody knows Scarface because it’s a story about going from nothing to something, which we all come from in Hip Hop. And [Tony Montana] was sort of like the good guy and the bad guy, which we all like in Hip Hop also. I’m not trying to be Scarface or Tony Montana. I’m trying to live more like [Alejandro] Sosa—if they wanna take that movie and depict it for its attributes. That’s basically Pitbull in a nutshell. I’m low key and proper when I have to be and a street when I have to be type of guy.

Pitbull does politically focused rap but he is mostly known for his Miami Bass tunes like “Toma” and “Culo.”