Pitbull Still On Fire!
TruBluDiva21 | Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA | 02/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this cd. Its classic Pitbull music, yet he shows lots of growth as an artist on this album. He stepped up his rhyme skills alot since his last cd. He has better beats here and he expanded the content of his songs. Don't worry, there is still classic Pitbull on the album. He still: reps Miami and his Cuban heritage to the fullest, maintains his gangsta persona, and shows the ladies lots of love. Overall, this is a must have for any Pitbull or rap fan in general. Hot Tracks: Que Tu Sabes D'Eso, Rock Bottom, Raindrops"
Now, here's some GOOD stuff from the port of Miami
Anthony Rupert | Milwaukee, WI | 09/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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.
El Mariel: Pitbull's Masterpiece
J. Duverge | Hollywood, FL | 02/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I truly believe this has to be one of Pitbull's greatest album, if not the best one. His songs range from so many different genres, such as the old school feel to "Fuego" or "Hey, You Girl", or the slow jam "Dime". There are also some really good 'hype' songs, such as "Ay Chico" and "Be Quiet". All in all, I recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of hip-hop, rap, or Pitbull."