Release Date: Sep 1, 2009
Record label: J
On the mistitled Rebelution, rapper Pitbull takes a cue from his homeboy Flo Rida and dives headfirst into the lucrative world of ultra-slick Miami club-rap. The only stories of boat people found here are the kind about people who own yachts, and while the Cuban-American's songs of freedom are sorely missed, nothing in the man's back catalog could fill a dancefloor as quickly as the tech-house stunner "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho). " Same could said of the futuristic booty music "Krazy" with Lil Jon or "Hotel Room Service," which triple mashes an old-school hit ("Rapper's Delight"), a 2 Live Crew classic ("One and One"), plus a house music giant (the Nightcrawlers' "Push the Feeling On").
From the cover art, we're inclined to believe Pitbull's fourth studio album is espionage-themed. Not so. Instead, it finds the Miami MC rapping over Federico Franchi's house staple Cream on Krazy, over a certified Baltimore club banger on the DJ Class-produced Juice Box and even over a subdued dubstep instrumental on Give Them What They Ask For. [rssbreak] The highlight is the laid-back Across The World with B.o.B, where Pitbull gets introspective for a minute.
The most, er, ”rebelutionary” thing about this Miami rapper’s latest album is the way he brightens this round of Spanglish club tracks with a sparkly new electro-pop influence, as heard on his current radio hit ”I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho).” Genre explorations aside, Pitbull himself remains much the same as ever: a charmer in two languages who can’t stop himself from indulging in sexist posturing. If you ignore those gratuitous lyrics, though, you’ll find Pitbull’s catchiest set yet. B? Download This: Listen to the song I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) at rhapsody.com See all of this week’s reviews .