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"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" is a song by rapper Pitbull released as the second single from his latest album, Rebelution. The song is based on "75, Brazil Street" by Nicola Fasano versus Pat Rich, which itself samples "Street Player" by Chicago. The title is a reference to the Miami street Calle Ocho.


Pitbull stated the idea of the song came from a song called "75 Brazil Street", but the idea came from two Dominican mamberos named El Cata and Omega, performing a record singing "I know you want me".

Music video

The song's official music video was released on March 9, 2009 by Ultra Records on YouTube and was directed by David Rousseau. To date the video has received over 76,000,000 views, is the most viewed "electronic" music video of all time, the 7th top favourited music video of all time. and the 12th most viewed music video of all time.

Music and structure

"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" is an uptempo syncopated hip hop groove with clear vocals on the chorus and a pop hook while combining eurodance synths with a tribal house-oriented beat. The song is set in common time with a moderate tempo of 120 beats per minute and is written in the key of D minor. Pitbull's vocal range spans from C4 to Bb4. The song is a remix of "75, Brazil Street" by Nicola Fasano Vs Pat Rich, which itself samples "Street Player" by Chicago. For the release by Pitbull, the sample of "Street Player" was replayed by Mark Summers at Scorccio Sample Replays.

Critical reception editor Michael Menachem gave the single a favorable review:

Fraser McAlpine of the BBC also favored it. He said it was meant to be sexy given how Pitbull performed the verses, but is fun and 'more gigglesome than wrigglesome', and wondered if its effect would vary between listeners of different genders:

Digital Spy editor Alex Fletcher gave a less favorable review—he rated it one out of five stars and commented about Pitbull's attempts at fusing genres:

Chart performance

"I Know You Want Me" is Pitbull's first single to be internationally successful. The single has so far peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S, making it Pitbull's most successful single to date and his second top 10 hit. It also reached #1 on French charts and #4 on Mainstream Top 40 radio. In the UK the single debuted at #53 then raising to #28 the following week, in the third week it reached 13 and in the fourth week it reached #9, giving Pitbull his first top 10 single in the UK. The following week it moved up again to #7, peaking at #4 a week later.

The song has also peaked at #7 in Australia making it his first song to hit the top 10 there, while in Spain the song reached #1 and has been certified 3 times Platinum with sales over 120,000 units.

In New Zealand, the song peaked at number three and was certified Gold, selling over 7,500 copies.

Track listing

Digital download single

  1. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" - 4:07

iTunes EP

  1. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" [More English Radio Edit] - 3:40
  2. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" [Radio Edit] - 4:04
  3. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" [More English Mix] - 3:03
  4. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" [More English Extended Mix] - 4:26

Promo CD

  1. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Radio Edit Cold) - 03:40
  2. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Radio Edit Fade) - 04:04
  3. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Spanish Bridge Version) - 03:03
  4. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (More English Extended Mix) - 03:49
  5. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Extended Mix) - 04:26
  6. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Extended Instrumental Mix) - 06:04
  7. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Featuring Yomo) 04:14

Chart positions

Chart (2009) Peak

Australian Singles Chart 6
Austrian Singles Chart 3
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 1
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 2
Canadian Hot 100 2
Danish Singles Chart 6
Dutch Top 40 1
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 1
Finnish Singles Chart 2
French Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 8
Irish Singles Chart 5
Italian Singles Chart 6
New Zealand Singles Chart 3
Norwegian Singles Chart 5
Romanian Top 100 1
Russian Airplay Chart 1
Spanishmarker Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 3
Swiss Singles Chart 2
Turkey Top 20 Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 4
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 2

Chart procession and succession

"Boom Boom Pow" by Black Eyed Peas


  2. FIMI
  4. RT100 13 September
  5. RAC100 25/10/2009
  6. RAC100 25/10/2009

External links

    • shown on MTV Hits, where Pitbull discusses development of the song and video beforehand
      • Scorccio Sample Replays, "Replays - Audio" provides an A/B comparison of the original "Street Player" sample by Chicago vs "Street Player" replay by Scorccio.

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