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Pitbull, you can afford a room in the Chateau Marmont

July 29, 2009 |  3:04 pm


This is an open letter to our rapper-readers out there, and particularly Pitbull, whose "Hotel Room Service" is currently inescapable on pop radio. Please make a note that despite its handy faculties as a rhyming device and as clean, affordable accommodations for travelers the world over, the Holiday Inn hotel chain is not where you want to bring your post-show foursome. I spent a teenage summer working at a restaurant within a Holiday Inn in scenic Orange Park, Fla., and without going into details, I can assure you that there are myriad other options of inns to abscond to with your dates. I thought we'd resolved this back when Chingy was selling albums.

Pitbull, promise me you'll at least take it to the Standard in the future. But if this is some maniacally devious product placement on behalf of the recently rebranded hotel chain to beef its rap community profile, well, then I know where I'll be staying when Powerhouse come to town.

-- August Brown

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