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Album review: Pitbull's 'Rebelution'


Pitbull It's truly refreshing to hear a rapper who doesn't need to equate himself to the '90s titans. "R.I.P., uh, Big and Pac," Pitbull rhymes on "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)." "That, he's not, but damn he's hot."

Pitbull's not a bad rapper -- he has a strong rhythmic pocket, laced with Spanish ad libs that could make a Minuteman blush. But Pitbull's a better party starter, and he knows it. His latest album "Rebelution" is a lighter affair than 2007's "The Boatlift" and 2006's politically-tinged "El Mariel"; it's rife with aspirant bangers in every au courant flavor.

Singles like "I Know You Want Me" and "Hotel Room Service" have been as unkillable on radio as Michael Myers is in the "Halloween" franchise. That's a net positive for pop music -- both are saucy, absurd floor-fillers you can practically feel breathing down your neck. But Pitbull's run-up success might make the release of "Rebelution" something of an afterthought now. The record's top-heavy, with the back end succumbing to sodden tracks like "Juice Box" and the rote absent-parents lament "Daddy's Little Girl."

With "Rebelution," Pitbull's filled a rakish niche in pop-rap. "I ain't no thug, I ain't no gangsta, I'm a hustler," he rhymes. If he wants to hustle curvy ladies and expensive speedboats, well, that sounds like more fun than a '90s bi-coastal turf war.

--August Brown


Pitbull
"Rebelution"
Sony
Two and a half stars
 
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this is great!

ummm Two and a half stars??? wow the cd does have several tracks that aren't all that great but two and a half stars seriously?

In addition to the 2 tracks you mentioned: triumph, shut it down, give them what they ask for, across the world, dope balls are all great catchy songs and girls, can't stop me now, juice box is so/so and how many tracks left is that that aren't good (assuming that your opinion is even credible?) 2 tracks out of a 14 track cd?? thats better then must cds....

"Pitbull's not a bad rapper -- he has a strong rhythmic pocket, laced with Spanish ad libs that could make a Minuteman blush. "

Why would his music being culturly infused with spanish lyrics even matter to a minuteman?

"With "Rebelution," Pitbull's filled a rakish niche in pop-rap. "I ain't no thug, I ain't no gangsta, I'm a hustler," he rhymes. If he wants to hustle curvy ladies and expensive speedboats, well, that sounds like more fun than a '90s bi-coastal turf war."

Did you even listen to all the lyrics of the music? He doesn't want to be like the gangbangers or following the norm of what would be considered of being a "rapper". His music is made with the intention of having fun and enjoyment and being carefree .... the point of listening to music is for enjoyment ahem: FUN, not to emulate anyone or anything else. Its embarrassing your even comparing the 2 greatest rappers ever to pitbull... but seriously: pac and biggie DIE from their fued... come on now... "give them what they ask for" really address this


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