Alissa Portillo

Opinions Editor 

“When it comes to life, live life, don’t let life live you”- Words of advice given by Pitbull aka Mr. Worldwide in Irvine, California during a concert on September 24, 2022.

Pitbull has recently been seen on his ‘Can’t Stop Us’ tour throughout North America starting from July to December of 2022. After COVID-19 had abruptly changed his tour plans in 2021, he decided to return with a five to six-month tour visiting many different states and exploring the world yet again. This is not Mr. Worldwide’s first tour, he has seen much success from his ‘I Feel Good’ tour back in 2021. This time, Pitbull has secured roughly more than 50 official concert dates during his tour and for people like me who love Mr. 305 then, I, of course, had to be a part of a concert after more than four years since I last attended a concert of his. 

Pitbull who is commonly known as Mr. Worldwide, Mr. 305, and Lil’ Chico is known as an American rapper and Spanish rapper. Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull was born in Miami Florida and is both Cuban and American leading to his rise in Americanized music, Reggaeton, and Spanish rap music. According to CNBC as of 2016 Pitbull, “is a Grammy Award-winning artist who has sold more than 5 million albums and 40 million singles worldwide, with No. 1 hits in more than 15 countries, according to his label, RCA Records.” We can imagine these numbers have increased over the past 5 years. 

Some of Pitbull’s earliest hit songs include; “Culo”, “The Anthem”, “Go Girl”, “Shake”, “Krazy”, “Hotel Room Service”, and many more. Most of these songs feature Lil Jon, the Ying Yang Twins, Daddy Yankee, and many other rap artists both in American and Spanish music. Some of his most recent songs include; “Timber”, “Time Of Our Lives”, “Feel This Moment”, “Fireball”, “El Taxi”, and “Mamasota”, his most recent song release in September of 2022. There is no doubt that Pitbull’s music had people dancing on their feet in the early 2000s backyard parties, and his music still has that effect on people to this day. 

Pitbull recently had a concert in Irvine’s Five-point Amphitheater on September 24, 2022, which I had the privilege of being a part of. The space was small and intimate to the point that no matter where you sat you had a clear look at Pitbull on stage throughout the concert. Before entering the amphitheater, there was a merchandise booth outside where a line was already formed. A DJ was next to the booth playing Reggaeton music from Bad Bunny to Pitbull, and the crowds started to feel energetic with the music. Entering the venue was the smoothest and quickest I have experienced which allowed no difficulties to happen. Entering the forum there was a grassy field and many vending options for drinks, merchandise, and food. There were lines of people ready for their alcoholic drinks, which is typical as I have seen with prior experience at Pitbull’s concerts. Nevertheless, the people were ready for this concert. We were ready to feel on top of the world.

Iggy Azalea, an Australian rapper was the introductory performance before Pitbull’s grand entrance. Most of the audience seemed predominantly White and Latino, so there were many people in particular the whiter crowds who were just as excited for Iggy. Iggy was known this night for her rapping and twerking skills. 

Now, came the actual performance—the grand entrance of Mr. 305. Screams of excitement were roaring in the outside venue. Matching the excitement came from Pitbull himself. Pitbull came on stage running and ready to sing, which he did amazingly. People were out of their seats, dancing, singing, and recording their experiences with their phones. People were enjoying themselves during this time and myself included. I was able to escape my stresses and feel the moment. 

Besides his ability to perform by singing and dancing to his hit songs like “Culo”, “Shake”, “Hotel Room Service”, “Timber”, and “Feel This Moment”, he is also known for his pauses from his singing and giving motivational speeches to the audience. He makes the audience feel included in conversing with him in a way. In particular, he took a few minutes out of his performance to talk about the impact of technology, time, and life. There is a quote he said that left the crowd yelling and clapping in agreement. “To these two popular words right now, which the words are, followers and likes, followers and likes, how many followers you got dawg?…followers and likes…man fuck followers, fuck likes and fuck the motherfuckers that made followers and likes!” He further explains by saying why he feels this way, “Cause none of them get high off they own supply you can bet the bank on that…so I say fuck followers why?.. because I want you to leave here and be leaders, be unique, take a stand, hustle, grind, fight hard, struggle and sacrifice. That is how you make an impact!” I cannot speak for the entire crowd, but I left feeling good and motivated to strive for greatness in my life. 

So with all this said, Pitbull’s concerts are beyond just an environment full of music to sing, dance, rap, and feel to. Although this creates the most energetic and fun moments of the entire experience, Pitbull leaves an impact with his speeches in between his songs. Pitbull is more than just a singer and rapper for the music industry, he is a person we can admire and look up to for his choice of words and wisdom to share with his fans. If you would like to experience a live concert like this, I would recommend Pitbull 100 percent because you will not be disappointed.

Image Courtesy of  TIMOTHY HIATT/GETTY IMAGES FOR NICKELODEON

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