Pitbull's 'I Know You Want Me' Got A Hand From A Dominican Duo

Miami MC borrowed the hit's hook from a pair of mambo musicians.

NEW YORK — When [artist id="1678002"]Pitbull[/artist] made his first top-10 hit, "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)," a Dominican duo who weren't even thinking about the Billboard charts powered the idea.

"The idea for [that song] is obviously from a riddim called '75 Brazil Street,' but the idea really came from a Dominican guy, El Cata, and the other one is Omega," the Miami MC explained to MTV News. "They're both huge on the mambo side of things down in the Dominican Republic. So he had a record, playing around, singing, 'I know you want me.' So what they do is they record their records while they're performing. So they'll be performing at a club and improvise something and really throw it away. And I told him, 'Hey, dog, lemme hold that.' He ain't even know what hit him [or how big the song would get]. I gave him a percentage for that, put it out, and now he's like, 'Oye, hermanito, I got these hooks. You need another hook? I'll give you another hook. I love you, you love me. How you wanna do it?' So he's happy.

"But that's basically how I get inspired with music," the Cuban-American lyricist continued. "Go around the world and see different ideas that someone hasn't fully maximized. It was fun."

Luckily for Pit, he didn't have to travel too far for his current hit, "Hotel Room Service." The track was produced by Grammy winner and fellow Floridian Jim Jonsin, who is serving as executive producer of Pitbull's forthcoming album Rebelution. The project is slated for release September 1 on Pitbull's Mr. 305 Records through RCA Music Group. It's Pit's major-label debut after putting out three albums on independent label TVT Records.

"This album is gonna be just the way I'm seeing things," he told MTV News in May. "Whether it be hip-hop, the world, whether it be just my city in general, you're gonna see I have a lot of different takes on this album. I didn't know if I wanted to do a double album, give them a whole album of different types of records — conscious records on one end, then the whole club, high-energy on one end. There's a whole lot of things I want to say that I been holding back, because I felt the last label couldn't really handle what I had to bring to the table."