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 Mariel , doesn't tamper significantly… 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 Mariel , doesn't tamper significantly… 2006-10-31 Pitbull Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

El Mariel (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Oct 31, 2006; Lead Performance: Pitbull; Genre: Hip-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 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.

Originally posted Oct 27, 2006 Published in issue #905 Nov 03, 2006 Order article reprints