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El Mariel

El Mariel

by PitbullPitbull

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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The title of rapper Pitbull's sophomore release refers to El Muriel port, a port where 125,000 Cubans left their homeland and traveled to Florida in 1980. Castro called them "trash" and it's exciting to think that with the controversial leader's health in question as Pitbull releases his second album, the Lil' Chico based in the M.I.A.M.I. is going to blow up the Cuban-American issue like never before. On the great "Miami S***" he brilliantly speaks to the struggle that city and its people endure with a great mix of venom and pride. While there are other moments that prove the man has evolved by leaps and bounds since his 2004 debut, the political angle of the album shouldn't be oversold. Pre-release info from TVT made it sound like this is Pitbull's London Calling or his It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, but there's only a bit of revolution among all this party music. Make that glorious, vibrant, exciting, and always infectious party music. "Bend over girl/Show me what you're working with" from the highlight "Ay Chico (Lengua Afuera)" doesn't seem either pro- or anti-Castro, and it's doubtful guest stars like Rick Ross, Trick Daddy, Ying Yang Twins, and dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel are going to be addressing the plight of the "boat people" anytime soon. Still, the convincing and skilled Pitbull makes it all hang together, thanks in part to the long list of collaborations he's already checked off, but mostly because his delivery and words are sure and steady. Plus, coming up with a short list of highlights is hard, because just like his debut and the remix/loose-ends compilation Money Is Still a Major Issue, El Mariel sounds like a whirlwind mixtape of his best tracks from the recent past, and as you near the end of the album, it actually is said mixtape. While it's hard to deny the more mature Pitbull of "Miami S***," "Raindrops," and "Blood Is Thicker Than Water" is something that needs to be explored further, it's just as hard to deny the rump-shaking, trunk-rumbling stunners he drops all over the album.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/2006
Label: Tvt
UPC: 0016581282018
catalogNumber: 2820

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pitbull   Primary Artist,Rap
LaMarquis Jefferson   Bass
Harold Jones   Percussion
Fat Joe   Rap
Wyclef Jean   Vocals
Lil Jon   Rap
Ying Yang Twins   Rap
Trick Daddy   Rap
Bun B   Rap
Redd Eyezz   Vocals
Vybz Kartel   Rap
Da Real One   Vocals
Rick Ross   Rap
Reather Bryant   Percussion
Young Rico Scott   Percussion

Technical Credits

Willie Colón   Composer
Raul Alfonso   Composer
Hansel Martinez   Composer
Héctor Lavoe   Composer
LaMarquis Jefferson   Composer
Ray Seay   Producer
Keith Strickland   Composer
Adey Wilson   Composer
Wyclef Jean   Composer
Craig Love   Composer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer,Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Luis Diaz   Composer
Bryan Leach   Executive Producer
Agustín Ribot   Composer
Michael Crooms   Composer
Aldrin Davis   Composer
Armando "Gordy" Perez   Composer
Neptunes   Producer
Jonathan Smith   Composer
Billy Hume   Engineer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Cynthia Wilson   Composer
Ernst "Tazz" Dimanche   Composer
Tom Slick   Producer
Jim Jonsin   Composer,Producer
Mark Vinten   Engineer
Chris Carmouche   Engineer
Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett   Producer
Gorilla Tek   Producer,Audio Production
Adrian "Drop" Sanpalla   Engineer
Brandon "Bizzy" Hollemon   Composer
Anjuli Stars   Composer
Burna   Engineer
Cip   Producer
DJ Rob N   Producer
Gamboa   Producer
Donovan Knowles   Producer,Instrumentation
Team Pitbull   Executive Producer
Robin Garcia   Composer
Kenny Vazquez   Composer
Adidja Palmer   Composer

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