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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:50 pm    Post subject: 21/FEB/08: Pitbull Talks On TVT, Fidel Castro Reply with quote

Rapper Pitbull is the first artist on the TVT Records roster to respond to the announcement of the labelís large round of firings in the midst of financial difficulties. In an recent interview, the Miami-based rapper spoke about TVT Recordsí Chapter 11 filing for bankruptcy protection and how it may impact his career, Lil Jon and the industry in general.

"Of course the situation is very unfortunate for the people who lost their jobs, and itís unfortunate that it came to this," Pitbull said, "but itís a very fortunate situation for the artists. That puts us one step closer to freedom."

While TVT indicated to the press that it plans to continue promoting itís current projects, which includes Pitbullís November release The Boatlift, the artist says he has yet to receive official word from executives at the label.

"I donít know how theyíre going to continue to promote anything without anyone in the building," Pitbull said. "All day [Monday], I was getting phone calls from people saying they were out of a job. "Iím not sure if itís 150% for real yet," he added. "I havenít gotten any official word and you never know what kinds of tricks Steve Gottliebís got off his sleeves. But itís definitely close to crumbling. No one wants to record for him anymore, not me, not [Lil] Jon. This is the best example of karma."

Pitbull spoke publicly against Gottlieb last week, blasting his lack of support for the artists on TVT Records. The complaints were similar to those made by Lilí Jon in 2005, when he vowed never to record for TVT again. Both rappers gained mainstream popularity at the expensive of TVT during the companyís run as the number one independent label in the US according to Billboard Magazine.

"Heís close to losing everything," Pitbull says of Gottlieb. "Castroís gonna come in and take over TVT."

Despite making light of the political situation in Cuba, Pitbull also shared his thoughts on the announcement made early Tuesday morning by longtime Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, that he was resigning his position as the island nationís commander in chief.

Born to first generation Cuban immigrants in Miami, Pitbull is one of over a million Cuban Americans in the US, according to census figures.

His last two releases, 2006ís El Mariel and The Boatlift were both references to the infamous mass relocation of 125,000 Cubans to Miami between April and September 1980.

"I personally believe that Castro is dead and has been dead," Pitbull said. "When they show him, you always see the same pictures, the same footage from his meeting with [Venezuelan President] Hugo Chavez. Castroís very strategic, heís far from stupid. Thatís why they released the statement at 3:00 in the morning, to catch people off guard."

With the Cuban leaderís resignation, his brother Raul Castro, who was appointed as the countryís first vice president in July 2006, takes over as the countryís interim president.

The elder Castro has not been seen publicly since July 26, 2006, just five days before he was scheduled to undergo intestinal surgery.

"Once itís confirmed that heís dead, thatís when youíre gonna see Miami go crazy again," Pitbull speculates. "This is definitely a step in the right direction. Nobody fears or respects Raul like they feared Castro. But the journey isnít over yet."

Fidel Castroís resignation ends his run as the longest-serving political leader outside of royalty.

The socialist dictator rose to power in 1959, after organizing a Guerilla war, with the help of Enersto "Che" Guevara, overthrowing then Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

In 1962, two years after Cuba established diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union, the United States imposed an embargo on Cuba, meaning that all trade and economic support with the island was banned.

In 1963, President John F Kennedy banned travel to Cuba and later froze all Cuban asses in the US after the infamous Cuban Missile Crisis. Most of those restrictions remain in place today in some form.

Travel to Cuba is now legal, though American citizen are not allowed to spend any money or receive any gifts while in the Caribbean nation, without permission from the US government.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In 1963, President John F Kennedy banned travel to Cuba and later froze all Cuban asses in the US after the infamous Cuban Missile Crisis. Most of those restrictions remain in place today in some form

rofl ... interesting .. sort of ... mainly cuz of the castro news i didn't actually know that he resigned Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shenron wrote:
In 1963, President John F Kennedy banned travel to Cuba and later froze all Cuban asses in the US after the infamous Cuban Missile Crisis. Most of those restrictions remain in place today in some form

rofl ... interesting .. sort of ... mainly cuz of the castro news i didn't actually know that he resigned Very Happy


lol, at least we know you read the whole thing, well spotted

yeah he was the longest reigning political leader i think

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