Pitbull wasn't worried about pop switch
- Bang Showbiz
- 7 October 2016
Pitbull never worried about losing credibility when he switched to pop music from making rap tunes and is happy with the success the change has earned him
Pitbull didn't worry about losing credibility when he switched from rap to pop.
The 35-year-old musician originally started out as a rap artist but when he made the switch to more mainstream pop he saw his fan base explode and earnings increase and he's very happy he did change genres.
In an interview with The I newspaper, Pitbull said: "People thought it would take away from my credibility, but if you're worried about your credibility, you were never credible in the first place. It created new fans, it created a whole new genre of music."
He added: "The things I was seeing on the streets, I was painting in my records. Everyone was doing the same hustle. I had to find something different."
Pitbull has used his success to give back to his community where he grew up in Miami. He has helped build a school and opened the Sports Leadership And Management Academy (Slam) in Miami's Little Havana Area in 2013.
He explained: "I wanted to give the kids a safe spot. A lot of them come from broken homes. They love to be around people who believe in them and want to see them succeed."
And his new album 'Climate Change' follows on from his other LP's 'Global Warming' and 'Globalization' which he hopes will help people in another way.
He added: "I didn't think I could make a record about climate change and people are going to listen to it, so I'd rather give them a record that they can use to escape, dance and have fun but at the same time there is a deeper message."