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Now, here's some GOOD stuff from the port of Miami
on September 23, 2007
I came across Pitbull's 2004 album M.I.A.M.I. by accident because I was really looking for something else, but I listened to it and I was impressed. But his latest album, El Mariel, is even better.
Keep in mind, though; despite the reggaeton movement that has taken place over the past two years or so, Pitbull is simply a "standard" rap artist that has some Latin-inspired beats (so if you think this is a bad reggaeton album, check yo'self). But there are plenty of highlights, like "Jealouso", "Rock Bottom" and "Come See Me". Even the song with Wyclef ("Jungle Fever") works.
Pit also does a good job when he gets introspective on us. "Miami Ish" successfully incorporates serious subject matter into a party song (something that is not easy to do), but tracks like "Raindrops" and "Blood Is Thicker Than Water" puts the partying aside and gives way to some eye-opening lyricism. There are also good tributes to where he was raised, like "Born N Raised" (which goes without saying) and the aforementioned "Miami Ish".
When Pit shoots for shake-that-a** songs, though, he hits ("Bojangles") and misses ("Ay Chico"). And I definitely wouldn't lose sleep if "Fuego" or especially "Hey You Girl" weren't on here. But three mistakes out of twenty-one are no cause for alarm, so do yourself a favor and take a trip to El Mariel.