I Knew My Rent Was Gon’ Be Late

IMG_2969Usually when I’m driving I have my phone plugged in and listen to Pandora or podcasts, but the other day I had the blessing of listening to the radio.  I know I sound old when I say that music isn’t as good as it used to be.  There are just so many songs on the radio that seem like the lyrics were written in about two seconds.  I heard the following lyrics from a Pitbull song featuring Ne-Yo.  Don’t get me wrong, I can jam to Pitbull and Ne-Yo when I’m in the mood, but right now I’ve decided to help both of them out with their monthly budget.  The song begins like this:

“I knew my rent was gon’ be late about a week ago
I worked my a** off, but I still can’t pay it though
But I got just enough
To get up in this club
Have me a good time, before my time is up.”

Later in the song Pitbull explains that he is spending his last $20, followed by a statement about ordering some shots.  I assume he is putting the shots on his credit card because the cover charge for the club was probably a minimum of $20 if Pitbull is clubbing in Miami.  If Pitbull can’t pay his rent, chances are his credit card debt is steadily increasing.

I did some amateur googling on the cost of things in Miami, and I am going to give Pitbull the benefit of the doubt when calculating his weekly club outing.

As we discussed earlier, the lowest the cover charge would probably be is $20.
Finding the price of a shot was difficult because I don’t usually go to the club or drink shots, but it looks like the low average is $5/shot.  From reading the song lyrics it looks like Pitbull lines up a round of shots, and then has another one later on in the night.  I’ll be nice and put 8 shots on Pitbull’s tab, for a total of $40.  If Pitbull and Ne-Yo wish to impress their lady friends, they may want to get a round of cocktails.  Four cocktails at an average cost of $12/cocktail would add up to $48.  I’m assuming Pitbull and Ne-Yo are responsible, and will be taking a cab or an Uber home, so lets add $15 to the night.  Conservatively, a night at the club would cost them somewhere around $123.

Pitbull seems like a fun guy, so I’m going to go ahead and assume he goes to the club once per week.  If it’s a four weekend kind of month, his monthly club tab comes to approximately $492.  We didn’t include tax so I’m going to round to $500.  Let’s not mention the fact that Pitbull in this song makes a reference to partying every night.  This alcohol habit is getting expensive.

The average cost of rent in Miami for a 1 bedroom apartment is $1500/month.  I know Pitbull doesn’t seem to mind that his rent is late, but he may not realize that incurring a late fee adds to his debt while simultaneously lowering his credit score and increasing his interest fees.  So here is my message to Pitbull:  If you stopped clubbing and saved $500/month, you would save $6000 over the course of a year which is equal to 4 months of rent.

Just a thought, Pitbull.  And I gave this advice out for free.


  1. Aunt Chris says:

    Once again I am amazed by your insight and use of words. <3

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