Saturday, 15 December 2018

OCEAN to OCEAN, Pitbull is something that you gotta SEA.

From OCEAN to OCEAN, Pitbull is something that you gotta see or should I say SEA. Pitbull's latest hit Ocean To Ocean with Rhea is featured in the soundtrack of the film Aquaman where Mr Worldwide takes us back to his favourite era the 80's as he gives us an infectious, empowering and uplifting vibe with his spin on the song 'Africa' by Toto.

Pitbull has previously emphasised the personal importance of the ocean “The ocean, the sea and any body of water, to me, is true freedom. The ocean has always been the border from where my parents came from Cuba and the United States, which gives us freedom. That’s why I respect water. Bottom line: water gives us freedom.” 

Go a little bit deeper into the sea and we can see Pitbull's love for the ocean and the freedom it gives stretches further out to the horizon with previous songs Free Free Free and Freedom around the Pitbull Cruise, other partnerships with the Norwegian Cruise Line along with involvement in the global water crisis on World Water Day with the United Nations earlier this year join up the dots and see that this song talks about the ocean yes, but also blessing the rains down in Africa.

Listening to Pitbull's rhymes on Ocean to Ocean an instant thought of his Rebelution Album yes Pitbull has grown so much since 2009 the year of 'Freedom' and the Rebelution album, yet Ocean to Ocean conjures up that same sense of drive, fighting spirit and struggles along the journey. Spitting rhymes with force and conviction audience can actually feel the story in the verse.

Pitbull raps about the fight along the journey how he's been with a reference to the late 2Pac and and living the story dubbed to be a portrait of the Roaring Twenties the Great Gatsby described as a tale of the American Dream, fortune and women amongst other things "Stepped on, left for dead, Always against all eyez like 2Pac said. I'm the living Great Gatsby"

Bringing more art to his colourful journey Armando Bond throws in his own love for the streets "Still got love for these streets, 305 till I die" to street art as he talks about Banksy and how quick Pitbull too is on the move and disappears "But these boys will watch you quick and disappear like Banksy" Banksy is an anonymous British street artist and graffiti artist who paints on public surfaces and disappears, unseen, unnoticed. Apart from his artwork which can be seen and left a big impression around the streets like Mr Worldwide. 

Pitbull, forever with messages and educating the audience through rhymes and quotes Pitbull emphasises  "Sleep is the cousin of death, so I don't sleep!" 

Cheeky word play on boys that act hard but know that they are sweet just like the properties of a grape! "They wouldn't bust a grape at a food fight, Papo please"

More magic is added to capture the essence of this song with Rhea on the chorus as they both compliment each other chorus and verse


Ocean To Ocean available on iTunes Google Play & Amazon
Stream Tidal (no water/ocean pun intended) Spotify & Apple Music
Aquaman the film opens December 21st

Sunday, 2 December 2018


December 3rd 2018 sees the Sports Leadership And Management School (SLAM) Miami embark on making radio history and changing the game in education and the way in which students are prepared for careers in the sports media industry with the launch of SLAM Talk Radio.

The cutting edge school will be the first high school to launch a national radio station in partnership with SiriusXM on channel 145. A professional radio station that will be produced and presented by high school students at SLAM and on air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and aims to reach a wider audience outside of students spanning from an age range of 18 to 80.  Sports, entertainment and journalism will be at the heart of its core focus. With Pitbull making history with the school as Co-Founder and Ambassador for SLAM, the radio station and its alliance with SiriusXM will be the first to give a practical and first-hand learning experience of running a radio station with this innovative program. With plans to expand to other SLAM schools across the country.

Students at SLAM are excited to be the trailblazers, pave the way and be the first to produce and present a national radio station. “Being a part of this project is an honor. I am very excited to see what new doors and opportunities SLAM Radio will bring. I transferred schools after my sophomore year to lead this project on a student level. As Student Station General Manager, I’ve had a chance to work with other students and take on a leadership role. Our students at SLAM are excited and are ready for history!” –Amanda Milian, SLAM Radio Student Station General Manager 

As the Sports Broadcasting Teacher at the school and the Program Director of SLAM Talk Radio,
Larry “The Amigo” Milian, will also be hosting his very own Morning Show on SLAM Talk Radio. “The Amigo” is not only the teacher, but also the mentor and coach who is currently preparing students in the run up to this pioneering moment in radio history and will oversee the running of the station on a day to day basis.

Larry Milian is no stranger to media let alone being a part of making history. Larry Milian was one part duo of the ‘Dos Amigos Show’ which was the first Spanglish sports talk show in the USA. Students at SLAM Talk Radio couldn’t be in better hands with this ‘Amigo’.
From Producer/Production Coordinator/Host of Generation Ñ Media, Senior
Writer (SB Nation), Radio Talk Show host at 940 WINZ, 640 WFTL Sports, Sports Talk 790 The Ticket to CEO/Director of Operations at Fast Action Sports (Florida) to name but a few milestones in the career of Larry Milian, who will bring an amplitude of knowledge, skills, experience and wisdom from his career in the sports media industry. Larry Milian talks in more depth about SLAM Talk Radio and how the programming will be produced, his very own Morning Show, the process of building up to the launch and of course Pitbull and much more in an exclusive interview below.

Radio to teaching at a school. Talk to me Larry, how did the journey lead you to SLAM School?
Crazy journey indeed. The opportunity to see our radio students at SLAM get excited for our launch that makes all of this worthwhile. While I never expected to be in the classroom, the truth is getting to know our amazing students has been the best part of this journey. Makes me feel like Coach Nick Saban recruiting top college football prospects for their national championship program. The truth is these young adults want to be a part of something special.

Exciting times, who is going to do the programming?
It’s an interesting dynamic, the original press release said the Juniors and Seniors here at SLAM will be doing the programming. We have expanded that role so it’s going to be the High School students at SLAM that are part of this group and are going to create the majority of the content. In recent weeks we have also created an elite group of future eighth graders which are one year away from getting to high school and start training them ahead of time so when they get into high school they are more ready to be on the air and create the evergreen content.

A lot of the content is pre-recorded, the only Live show will be mine in the morning. The rest will be content produced and created by the students.

Just going back on evergreen content – For those that aren’t familiar with the term could you explain a little about what this is?
Evergreen means it doesn’t have an expiration date. So not going to be topical to the game that was played yesterday for example but it will be content based. So if it’s a story that happened in the past or relevant to something that has to do with a sport or a topic within a sport it doesn’t have an expiration date where it needs to be aired by a certain time.

How does it work, will the students get to pick the topics for the show?
With my approval as the Program Director of the station, I have the final say with what goes on.

What kind of programming can listeners expect?
We want the content to be appropriate, fitting and appeal to the masses so it’s not just student radio. We’re hoping to tackle issues that are common to the sports fan but we will also delve into entertainment and we will have Live DJ’s mixers from time to time on the weekends. More importantly we will be creating content for anyone between the ages of 18 to 80.

Touching on entertainment, can you tell us a bit more on this area?
Granted, it’s a sports school and feature speciality sports such as football and baseball. But we will also talk about movies for example. We are also going to delve into music, especially at the weekends. We have several DJ’s here at SLAM that are going to make themselves a part of the radio station so on the weekends you may have “You’re listening to the mix of DJ(?)”

Interesting! So not the typical sports show. Sounds like a lot of programme expansion coming up. How far in advance will the programmes be prepared? 
We’re going to have weekly meetings in classes which will help come up with ideas to create evergreen content.

My morning show isn’t evergreen and we will talk Live about the shows that were played last night but tomorrow we can’t talk about the games played last night so there’s a huge difference.

The evergreen content will help us be able to replace some programming. 168 hours a week is a lot of time. Professionals have a hard time filling that time so when you’re talking about students we’re going to have a challenge on our hands. 

But certainly they are also going to be creating content that does have an expiration date and for that we are going to meet once or twice a week about how we create that content and my very best will be able to do that on a weekly basis and create the more relevant programming that will be on the station aside from the morning show and then the evergreen content the things you may have done last week we can play it over the next few weeks. 

Some students are already thinking of doing a series of programmes relevant to what their show content is about. They want to do features on players in soccer for example, the feature today will be Ronaldo Cristiano and next week will feature Lionel Messi. While others will be interview based so they will go out and find people in an industry that they want to cover and do interviews. All these will be pre-recorded. 

We’re excited as it’s going to be a mix of Live programming, music and more. Our goal is also to not make it not sound like ‘student radio’ and that people are listening to this and enjoying what they are listening to.

Talk me through what is happening right now Larry, where are we currently in the process of launching?
Construction is completed of our state of the art studio. Not just recording booths and rooms for some of the evergreen content but we’re also going to have a main studio where I’m going to be doing my Live show.

Far as community involvement, part of my job is to get out into the community and spread the message about what we are doing at Slam Talk Radio. There are currently over 100 students matriculated in Radio classes.

My day can get very intense. I start early as 6:30 in the morning and can be here late as 9-10pm at night. There’s a lot of work to be done as we get ready to embark on making history. 

This is radio history! Let’s call it like we see it. I’ve worked in the business for years and radio is an amazing medium to communicate.  Some people may deem it as ‘old school’, but radio has had a ‘re-birth’ in my opinion, because of the video element in it. I’m just excited about how we’re embarking on this journey into history, being that we’re a high school and were going to have a national radio platform. 

The students are also going to be involved in creating their own content that’s pre-recorded and that’s an amazing element as well. They’re not going to sit in a room and watch me do a Live show. They are going to get involved in the creation of that show. Doing the research necessary.

Seems like it’s a REALLY hands-on process Larry
It’s very hands on. Another element we are going to be using that has never been done on sports radio is a Live DJ. So we’re going to not only have DJ on the weekends and play on the weekends. 

Sports shows generally come back from their break play a song and end it out in 15 seconds and then they go into their content.

Sounds like a great platform and opportunity for the up and coming DJ’s within the school too
Absolutely. They will also get the opportunity during their morning show to create 6-8 minute mixes before we get into the content. So the listener will have the opportunity to dance a little bit, hear a little spot, go to break, come back and get some more mixes. 

It’s very unique. It’s very ‘Pitbullish’ It’s got that Pitbull flair to it and I know that when I spoke to Pitbull about it he absolutely loved the idea because it’s unique. It’s different and it has our SLAM stamp to it. We’re excited about how it’s going to come about.

Tell me more about your Morning Show on Slam Talk Radio. For someone who has never heard any of your shows or aware of your style - How would you describe what your part will bring to Slam Talk Radio
My show will be a good eclectic mix of sports and entertainment. It’s when a DJ Laz Morning Show marries a sports show like The Dan LeBatard Show. 

If you marry those two together and you create the hybrid nature of both of those shows, unite them you get my show. I don’t pretend to be DJ Laz or Dan LeBatard but there’s going to be elements I get from both of them who have served as mentors in my radio career and I’m very excited about putting that into play.

I think they will be proud in knowing they had an influence on making this historic journey possible. My show will be heavy sports but entertainment will play a big role in it. I plan on having guests on the show and with the help of Mr 305, Mr Worldwide himself I’m sure he will come on from time to time with us but tap into some of his friends to join us in the studio or over the phone and that’s what we‘re really excited about. Having guests on the show that are going to be a part of our program whether it’s Marc Antony or Derek Jeter. Whoever it is, we really plan on making this a wide open platform for the entertainment world as well as the sports world.

Would others outside the USA be able to listen to Slam Talk Radio, from the UK for example?
Of course, if you have Sirius XM. We’ll have you listen - we’ll have you on the show!

Wow, thank you it would be an honour Larry
We want to keep the content as fresh and as entertaining as possible and if you’re in the car and listening to the station it could be something that would captivate you and you would listen. That’s also where my challenge comes in. Fresh as in content and fresh in how we deliver the content.

Your Morning Show - will it be the only interactive show on the station?
Definitely my morning show program will be interactive and Live from 7am-12pm ET. We will have open lines, people calling into the show, interviews on air over the phone. 

In the beginning we are going to make sure we concentrate on our content and delivering this content the best way possible and doing that will require more of a podcast and pre-recorded form. If there are students identified that are excellent I will consider creating a Live show for them but in the beginning it will be monitored closely and make sure it sounds right. 

You briefly mentioned challenges about keeping content fresh and how SLAM Talk Radio deliver the content as one of the challenges. Are there any other challenges you currently face or foresee in the future?
There has never been a high school with a national radio platform, so it’s a tall task to take on and teach 15-16 year olds to create content that is going to be listenable on a radio station. That’s quite a challenge. My show will go 5 hours and having been on radio for many years, the students will get the ability to work behind the scenes of a true national syndicated morning show and know the ins and outs of what you need to do to prepare for a show on a daily basis. That’s a great experience for them.

Our challenge is also that it’s 168 hours of programming. 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I have my 5 hour show and we will have the best of that the students will edit and get to read for the evening play. For the most part they need to create content, show and long form that will be adequate for Slam Talk Radio.

My biggest challenge in all of this is making it sound like a professional radio station that is being controlled and run by professionals.  The challenge there is that I have young students we have to train, cross train and prepare well. Some of the exercises that we are going to do over the summer should begin that preparation process. Experience comes with practice.

As they prepare, start practicing and creating this evergreen content which will get better and better and from there pick who the best of the best are and consider Live programming with them a well. But for now they will be pre-recorded. 

Because we do that it makes it easier to replace programming. I know a few students that will be creating programming on a weekly basis. We have an entertainment show that will be a pre-recorded podcast by students that will come on once a week on the radio station.

What are you looking forward to the most? 
I have really made this all about the students. They warm my heart, they’re interesting, they’re dynamic. It is unique. It can be a little frustrating sometimes because there is an age difference but I get to their level as I am young at heart so I understand them better and can relate to them more than most teachers do. I relate to them. I listen to their music and watch the same shows because I swear sometimes I’m a teenager (both laugh).

Even though as a career radio guy there is a first in all of this for me. That this that it is the first time I will have a nationally syndicated broadcast on air. I’ve always been a local radio host. So the fact that i will be heard all over the country and world is exciting and nerve wrecking all at once. Demanding as well the demands of being a Program Director of Slam Talk Radio and making this station work as well as create content for 5 hours a day. 

I owe that dynamic to Pitbull, he’s the one who really showed me this could be much more fulfilling on that side than anything that I do on the air so I’m going to have one of the best radio shows in the country but that’s because I’m confident and I have done this before and I know I can be entertaining, funny and quirky, unique and opinionated but to see them do this and be inspired by my work and be inspired by what I have taught them and then watch their young energy just come out on the microphone.

We haven’t even talked about the video element and side projects on the radio and watch that all come together and be able to stand like a proud dad and know that I helped make this happen. This is radio history. This is going to be my legacy in this business.

Pitbull also has the tag ‘Mr Education’ too! I have to throw in and ask, what is your favourite Pitbull song?
There are so many to choose from, but two of my favorite songs are “On the Floor” with JLo and “Rain Over Me” with Marc Anthony. Aside from Pitbull, they are my two favorite music artists.
Thank again so much for taking the time for sharing more with all of us about this exciting time and history in the making.  I’m really looking forward to the launch of Slam Talk Radio and excited for you, the students, the listeners the radio industry that’s been hit with something new and innovative by SLAM

My Pleasure!

SiriusXM Channel 145

Good Morning Amigo Show Weekdays 7am




Photo Credits: Larry Milian & Slam Radio XM

Friday, 26 October 2018


Quiero Saber are you feeling the latest release from Pitbull?

It might be the month of Halloween but no tricks only a treat for fans as Pitbull gave a debut performance of his latest hit ‘Queiro Saber’ at the Latin American Awards Last night. Linking up with another Fast and Furious connection Ludacris and also Prince Royce. The trio bring us a slower, addictive, smoother jam.

Armando Bond is all about MAKING history and as he suggests also on this track, maybe a little ‘rewriting history’ as we see Mr Worldwide bring back Usher’s (or as Pitbull calls him "URRRSHEERRR-OOSHER-FUTURE" in Party Ain’t Over) samplers of the hit Lovers and Friends. Bringing back a little Uncle Luke with a don’t stop gettit gettit and getting’ Live off that Voli 305 his own vodka of course.

A smooth, sexy, Spanglish R’n’B vibe – Even Ludacris speaks Spanish with a “Si Seniorita” . That’s the beauty of the song. You don’t need to know the language to enjoy it. As usual Pitbull ‘Puts the Spanish in you’ with any crossover song.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

London Gets A Piece Of BritBull

‘London’s burning, London’s burning, fetch the engine’ as the nursery rhyme goes - but please don’t put out this 'fireball' who’s just rolled into town! The Miami boy in London gets off the chain right from the start. 

As Pitbull opens up for Britney Spears for the Piece Of Me tour on the first of three nights at London’s O2 the crowd seem a little possessed as I take moment to look around.

As a fan who went to Pitbull's very first London concert in 2008 just across the road Indigo O2 which is a smaller, intimate venue to jumping to the stage over the road to the O2 it’s been an amazing journey to watch the in between years and growth since.

The introductory backdrop before Pitbull hit the stage at 7:30pm was a large screen narrated by Tony Robbins with whom Pitbull will be touring with on Unleash The Power Within 2019 as a speaker. Tony describes how Pitbull is making history, making something out of nothing, taking his life from negative to positive, a successful artist all over the world and other characteristics and achievements with impactful messages about Pitbull which flash up on screen such as the words entrepreneur, visionary, motivational speaker, businessman and educator. You could say that Tony Robbins is subliminally educating the those in the audience that may not know many other things about him.

As The Most Bad Ones make their sultry way onto stage with a sampler of Pretty Woman (a suitable sample for these talented stunners) Pitbull joins the baddies and opens up with Don’t Stop The Party and that was it, the energy in the O2 lifted to a higher level. 

DJ Chino keeping the tunes spinning, signature fist pumps in the air while the best dancers in the business- yes THE best dancers in the business I say without any hesitation, The Most Bad Ones kept their booty’s and the bootys of everyone else in the crowd moving through the whole show.

As Pitbull continues to please with a medley of hits greeted with more roars of approval and sing-alongs in the crowd as Mr Worldwide delighted with popular global hits like Hotel Room, Feel This Moment, Timber, On The Floor, Calle Ocho, I Like It, and DJ Got Us Falling In Love.

Pitbull thanks London, the fans and Britney and her team for allowing him to share this experience. I'm convinced Pitbull came out with more fans than he went into the O2 with not only through his music, energy and positive snippets in between songs but Mr Worldwide clearly 'gelled' and created a common feeling of rapport with the primarily Britney fans by acknowledging the princess of pop which was greeted with many cheers, roars in between the silences as the crowd listened quietly and attentively as Mr Worldwide spoke to the audience.

Pitbull said "I'm a big fan of Britney not with what she's done with her career but what she has gone through with her career. They're talking about somebody they dragged all the way down and they wiped the floor with her and she came back bigger, better, badder, stronger. If there's anything I love and I respect, that's an underdog- 'cos I'm an underdog, we're underdogs...." and continued praising Britney's fight and what life is about.
Thank you Pitbull, The Most Bad Ones, Chino and Britney for a mesmerising show. Being a fan and admirer of Pitbull and Britney Spears from the beginning of their career it was a real treat to have them in the same show together. Feeling a little spoilt, but as Pitbull may say "I luurve dat"

No sooner has Mr Worldwide checked into Hotel 305 on stage and then checked out, we just can't get enough. So it's dale for now as Mr Worldwide imparts more wisdom to the audience 
"Don't let the phone take over your life, you take over the phone. Don't take so many pictures that you miss the big picture. Enjoy life..." Then soon after it's time for Britney, bitch!

Check out the video below ( including Pitbull's tribute to Britney) and more

Thank you, enjoy and dale!


Tuesday, 3 July 2018


They say all good times come to an end. This is not entirely true! Although no Pitbull Cruise 2019 yet (I’m being optimistic!) watching the Pitbull Free Free Free video featuring Theron Theron conjures up a strong whiff of nostalgia and wonderful memories of the 2017 and 2018 Pitbull Cruises. Thanks to Greg Watermann, who directed the video and encapsulates the energy and experience of the ‘Time Of Our Lives’ by Pitbull fans from around the world to just be FREE FREE FREE.

From pulling out the calms seas of the Port of Miami, "taking it from Miami, the pineapple" with Pitbull talking about how when he was young and looked at the cruise ships and say “ One day I wanna be able to get on a cruise” to going onto what a blessing and how his father used to bring boats over in El Mariel and to now be a Godfather to his own cruise ship. Inspiring others by going onto say that you can do anything you want to do in life.

To getting straight into the mother of all parties. From the dazzling concerts, meet and greets, Voli 305 Vodka girls, Pitbull getting chatty and working the crowds, hanging with the kids in the play areas, a hug with a dinosaur, The Most Bad Ones Dance Boot Camps, jumping crazy to see an Uncle Luke Hat in the crowd, to Abuela 305 with Mr Worldwide and a snippet of Pitbull autographing a $50 note and giving it to a young boy in the crowd after a motivational talk and much more.

I want to say a very special thanks for the Rockstar photographer himself the wonderful Greg Watermann for capturing and featuring our ‘selfie of a selfie’ in the video too and other shots I creeped into.

From a personal perspective, the video just makes smile throughout with amazing memories. Fans love of Pitbull spills over to many of his team and Greg Watermann too is very special to us. 

The gift that all Greg Watermann images and videos bring, is bringing these moments to LIFE. That is the beauty and magic of the Rockstar Photographer's work. To see, feel and absorb the moment and smile all the way throughout the video. Then hit play again, and again! Whether you were physically on the ship or not. Greg made it possible for all fans united to feel like we were altogether in these moments.

A summer anthem with a touch of soca, definitely 'feeling free, free free'. With a twist of the Merrymen sampler Feeling Hot Hot Hot, The song gives a feeling of freedom and an escapism from the norm where we can catch Pitbull 'on the top deck - no roof'. Agreed no one is ready to go home from the cruise Pitbull - Pitbull Cruise 2019 Mr Worldwide?


(Kept the youtube times on purpose fans! So you can find yourselves!)

Sunday, 22 April 2018


There was a Pitbull 'unleashed' in London last night! 

Pitbull dazzled the crowd at Excel London at the Tony Robbin’s Unleash The Power Within in more ways than one.

Firstly, Mr Worldwide got the energy in the room even higher with sizzling performances of Echa Pa’lla, Fireball, Don’t Stop The Party and of course showing how he took his life from negative to positive with Give Me Everything.

Secondly, Pitbull gave a powerful motivational talk full of Pitbull wisdom nuggets we as fans know and love to hear and be reminded again and again with the story of how his mum slapped his hand as Pitbull tried to switch off Tony Robbins in his mums car radio. To taking short steps but having that long vision in business and life.
The biggest risk you take is not taking one, the music business and entrepreneurship within and how other players play and how he sets himself apart to get ahead and take over the game. That Instant gratification doesn’t exist! History and journey of hustling in the streets to becoming an international music star and entrepreneur. Legacy - Sports Leadership And Management schools (SLAM) and with that how money doesn’t make you happy it’s what you do with it that does and giving back isn't a responsibility, it’s an obligation. 

Pitbull says he is NOT a celebrity, but a hard worker. Straight out of the mouth of Mr Humble Worldwide. How failure is the mother of all success. These are only a few inspirational food for thoughts to educate the mind and spirit. The harder Pitbull works the luckier he gets. A gifted way with words that deliver the message with a sharp punch and leaving footprints behind after the spoken words.

Thirdly, also one of THE most impressive points is that Pitbull was surrounded by a crowd that was not from the ‘usual’ Pitbull fandom who already knew what he was about and start cheering even before Mr Worldwide had even stepped onto the stage. We know that Pitbull knows how to move in a room full of wolves as the lyrics go, yet being first hand amongst quite possibly a predominantly non hardcore, die hard 'Pitbull fan' audience, I could observe how he moves and works a room like this from the stage and to give a powerful motivational talk that moved this crowd with his life story, wisdom, inspiration and being received by a new ‘market’ if you like, with cheers and applauses and roars of approval from the crowd. That was impressive. Charismatic Chico Pitbull is worldwide and audience-wide with the gift to gel and engage anyone and he talks A LOT of sense and lessons to take on board long after the talk has finished.

Without giving too much away, check out the videos below. Beginning with Tony Robbins introducing his good friend. Which is a good sign, especially as the young Armando couldn’t wait to switch Tony off in his mum’s car!