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El Mariel This Cuban-American rapper scored a cross-cultural hit with the reggaeton-meets-crunk bounce of his 2004 single ''Culo.'' His second album, El...El MarielHip-Hop/Rap This Cuban-American rapper scored a cross-cultural hit with the reggaeton-meets-crunk bounce of his 2004 single ''Culo.'' His second album, El...2006-10-27
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El Mariel

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performer: Pitbull; Producer (group): T

This Cuban-American rapper scored a cross-cultural hit with the reggaeton-meets-crunk bounce of his 2004 single ”Culo.” His second album, El Mariel, doesn’t tamper significantly with that potent formula. Producers including Lil Jon and the Neptunes solder industrial-strength Southern synths to an assortment of swaying Latin-Caribbean rhythms; their inventive beats are a welcome breather from the blaring monotony of much contemporary club fare. Too bad so many of Pitbull’s smooth, bilingual verses rely on generic lech lines.

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