EXCLUSIVE: Pitbull Explains Why He Dissed His Label, Asks Fans to Keep Supporting His Music

Pitbull called Latina.com exclusively last night to reach out to his fans and explain the controversial statements he made Monday morning on Los Angeles' Power 106 radio show, "Big Boy's Neighborhood." In that interview, the Cuban rapper had revealed that he's fed up with indie hip-hop label TVT Records for not properly promoting his latest album, Boatlift, and told his fans to "download" or "burn it" instead of copping it in stores. Now, he wants to clarify those words. "When I tell y'all [not to buy my record], it's not because I don't want you to support me," Pitbull explains. "It's because I don't want you to support what this man is doing to an artist that everybody knows is humble, a hustler and a grinder."

The "man" in question? TVT honcho Steve Gottleib, who the Miami MC identifies as the direct source of his frustration. "There's a lot of people in the building at TVT who do support me, and I highly appreciate it. My problem is with the president, and he knows that. When you don't clear me for a DJ Khaled album, when you don't clear me for a Janet Jackson record, hardly cleared me so I had to fight tooth and nail to get on the Gloria Estefan record...I bust my ass for [TVT]. I'm out here working like a slave, doing things that other artists don't even know how to do. A label's there to further and promote your career, but it feels like they just keep holding me back." Hmm...it sounds like Pit still hasn't squashed the beef with his label, but at least one thing is clear--he wants fans to keep showing him love. "Of course I want my fans to support me. Without y'all, there's no me--bottom line."

--Monica Herrera