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- ...It's a melting pot. You get a chance to grow up around so many different — you know, I've grown up in good neighborhoods, bad neighborhoods, worse neighborhoods. But growing up around so many cultures, it's always allowed me to think out [of] the box and try new sounds and try new things. You learn something new from every culture — just like I learn something new from every record.
- On the city of Miami in "'Short Steps, Long Vision': An Interview With Pitbull" in NPR (2019 May 5)
- ...I mean, you're talking to a kid that didn't graduate from high school, but yet is building high schools across the nation. Now there's certain things — you know, there's obstacles like anything in life. We'll see how that works out, pero, paso corto, vista larga; that means short steps, long vision. One way or another, it's going to happen. Mark my words.
- On the positive changes that he's been able to make with his fame in "'Short Steps, Long Vision': An Interview With Pitbull" in NPR (2019 May 5)
- ...I constantly lose and fail. Constantly. I just put out two albums didn't sell — not too many records like the other two before that did. That would be an L or a fail for a lot of people. For me, it's not. Because for me, like I say, you are going to fall, you are going to fail, you are going to slip. And when you do, embrace it; learn from it. Don't think that that was actually something that's going to hinder you from becoming whoever you want to become. That's actually the fun part of it. That's the fun part of the journey. That's what I always look forward to and that's why I wake up every day telling the world: Come on baby, let's ride. What you got for me?”
- On perseverance in "'Short Steps, Long Vision': An Interview With Pitbull" in NPR (2019 May 5)
- Miami has taken over the United States, the same way that we've taken over the United States and the world...Think about it: Miami alone is one of the meccas, not only of the United States but of the whole world, and they've done that, or we've done that, in about 40 years. That is, in half the time by far that New York, LA, and Chicago [accomplished that feat]. We've done that because of all the culture we have around us. We are the platform to Latin America and all of the Carribean [sic], OK—and I think that's a major play.
- On how he thinks Miami can be a cultural mecca in "Pitbull Will Live Forever" in Vice (2017 Apr 3)