Pitbull, "Planet Pit"

Colombia has a dish called salpicon, where finely chopped fruit is mixed with its juice. It's similar to Pitbull's newest album, "Planet Pit," which blends everything but the kitchen sink in a frenetic jumble that's facile yet unadulterated fun. He borrows widely, from the riff of "We No Speak Americano" to Harry Belafonte's "Shake Señora." While rapping in English and Spanish about Miami girls and world domination, Pitbull also touts his new vodka brand and Kodak cameras (on "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Naye, the track that's used for his Kodak spot). The set finds him raunchy but kid-appropriate; cocky but not obnoxious. Almost every track features a guest, with artists including Enrique Iglesias, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx and Kelly Rowland. Does this mean Pitbull couldn't do it on his own or without a borrowed sample? It doesn't matter, because the appeal lies in the ability to mix, match and deliver a surprising package-and when you least expect it, a sticky line, hook or beat that grabs the listener and doesn't let go.

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