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Judging by an appearance at Aspen's Belly Up earlier this year, rapper Armando Christian Pérez didn't choose the pseudonym "Pitbull" at random. As seen in a popular YouTube clip, Pitbull pulls a man on stage — but when the guy throws cash in his face, strip-club style, the star of the show knocks him back into the audience with extreme prejudice. A few seconds later, Pitbull declares, "I told that motherfucker not to do that shit no more" before adding, "I'm a nice guy." He's on a nice roll, too. His latest album, Rebelution, has spawned his two biggest hits to date: "Krazy," co-starring Lil Jon, and "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)," a ubiquitous banger that may finally bring an end to the question "Is that Sean Paul's new song?" The latter tune's success will undoubtedly draw a crowd to his Denver appearance with David Rush. But fans who want to make it rain on him have been warned.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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