Simon Vozick-Levinson
October 27, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

El Mariel

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Pitbull
Producers
T
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B

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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