2004 hasn't been the biggest year for hip-hop newcomers, but Pitbull is poised to change that.
2004 hasn't been the biggest year for hip-hop newcomers, but Pitbull is poised to change that. The Miami native of Cuban descent combines elements of reggaetón, R&B, crunk and Miami bass on his debut set, "M.I.A.M.I." (Money Is a Major Issue). Produced by labelmate Lil Jon and the Diaz Brothers, lead single "Culo" employs the ever-popular Coolie riddim, which has resulted in one spicy, hot hit. The Miami Mix of the single, which features Mr. Vegas, is included here. "Dammit Man" (with guest Piccallo) is a similarly infectious affair with an unforgettable hook. Other highlights are "That's Nasty," "305 Anthem" and "I Wonder." Like his hometown, Pitbull's debut is diverse, fun and sexy-cool.—RH