Pitbull: Planet Pit

Pitbull

Planet Pit

You can guess from his canine soubriquet that Armando “Pitbull” Perez isn’t a Latin musician in the quaint Buena Vista Social Club mould. No, Pitbull – born in Miami to Cuban immigrant parents – is a rapper whose rise reflects hip-hop’s takeover of US youth culture.

Planet Pit’s A-list guests (Sean Paul, Enrique Iglesias, T-Pain) testify to his crossover cachet, and while the songs do not aspire to anything more ambitious than brash party anthems they do manage to be insanely catchy and occasionally – the MIA-aping beats of “Pause”, say – a little bit edgy.

Pitbull’s hoarse drawl and fluent way of switching between English and Spanish give him more charm than his tiresome bragging about sexual conquest strictly merits, including the baffling request for a target of the roving Pitbull eye to “shake that ass like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.

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