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Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap / Artist: Pitbull / Audio CD released 2011-06-20 by RCA

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      04.01.2013 18:36
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      I love this album!

      A few years ago, I would never even have considered listening to the likes of Pitbull. To be honest, I was a hardcore rock fan (and I loved Eminem as well, which was a bit odd I guess, given I only listened to rock, but there you go) and nothing, at least at that time, was going to change that. Recently though, I have found that there are a few artists from other genres that I like, and Pitbull is one of them.

      "Planet Pit" is the sixth studio album by American rapper Pitbull, which was released in 2011. Prior to this, I don't really remember hearing about Pitbull much at all, so in a sense, this album seems to have been a major contributor to getting him the fame and recognition he has today.

      The album itself has an image of Pitbull on the front, with a blue background and a blue tinge to his face as well, if you buy the normal version of the album, or there is also a deluxe version available which has extra tracks (13-16 below, I think?) on it as well, which is orange rather than blue.

      One thing I would say from the start though, the lyrics are by no means suitable for minors! Even if they're not exactly explicit, we all know what he's talking about. Some songs are worse than others in terms of how explicit they are, but I wouldn't recommend giving this album to, well, just about anyone under the age of about 15.

      Track listing for this album is as follows:

      1 Mr. Worldwide (Intro) (feat.Vein)
      2 Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer)
      3 Rain Over Me (feat. Marc Anthony)
      4 Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) (feat. T-Pain)
      5 Pause
      6 Come N Go (feat. Enrique Iglesias)
      7 Shake Senora (feat. T-Pain & Sean Paul)
      8 International Love (feat. Chris Brown)
      9 Castle Made Of Sand (feat. Kelly Rowland & Jamie Drastik)
      10 Took My Love (feat. Red Foo, Vein & David Rush)
      11 Where Do We Go (feat. Jamie Foxx)
      12 Something For The DJs
      13 Mr. Right Now (feat. Akon)
      14 Shake Senora REMIX (feat. T-Pain, Sean Paul & Ludacris)
      15 Oye Baby (Pitbull vs. Nicola Fasano)
      16 My Kinda Girl (feat. Nelly)

      One of my favourite songs from this album would be "Give Me Everything", which also happens to be one of his most well known singles. The thing about this song, however, is that Pitbull doesn't actually feature a great deal in the song. I believe the main vocalist, singing the chorus at any rate, is actually Ne-Yo (who I don't generally like that much as an artist because most of his songs seem to sound very similar, at least to me) but somehow I feel that, along with Pitbull, Afrojack and Nayer, he's not such a bad artist. By far, though, my favourite parts of this song are the parts that Pitbull himself is singing. To be honest, I think it's his accent that I like so much, and I think that when he is singing, this comes across quite strongly. Unfortunately for me, there simply isn't enough Pitbull in this for it to get much more than 3/5 stars for this individual track, though, even though I do really like it. I feel it is more sung by Ne-Yo than Pitbull, and therefore realistically, I would class it as a song he has sung, featuring Pitbull, and not the other way around.

      Another song on this album that everybody has probably heard at some point would be "International Love", which again features an extra artist; Chris Brown this time. While this is entirely irrelevant to the song that is on the album, I love the video for this song. I love city scenes (although I'm a country girl at heart) and these within the video are pretty amazing to see. And this is linked in to the song in some respects, because it's about travelling all over the world, and being adored by fans there. Back to the song itself and not the video, though, it is quite an upbeat track, with quite a fast pace which I think makes you feel like you have to move to the beat. I think this is often a sign of a good artist, and a good track, because it helps to get the audience involved in some way. Again, as with pretty much every Pitbull song I've heard that features another artist though, I think it would probably have been better without Chris Brown. I'm not a huge Chris Brown fan either (much like Ne-Yo, to be honest) but I like the parts that Pitbull sings. Being fluent in Spanish, I like the fact that he does use his mother-tongue within the songs that he is singing, and I think this brings out his accent, which as I mentioned before, I love.

      Of all of the songs on this album though, my favourite by far has to be "Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)". As I mentioned earlier, some of the songs can be a bit explicit with the lyrics, and this one, to be honest, is one of those songs that you probably shouldn't be blasting from your stereos. I doubt I need to really explain. You all know what most modern songs are about, and this really isn't an exception. The beat of this song is particularly catchy, though. The first few times I heard it, I didn't like this song at all, but I still found myself unable to stay still, which to be honest isn't really like me at all when it comes to these sorts of songs. Normally if they're too explicit the lyrics will put me off if nothing else, but this one somehow I still like. Probably because it's Pitbull, though, if I'm really honest.

      Overall though, I would say that this album is a good one, and I would definitely recommend it if you like Pitbull, or, let's face it, rap music in general. It's more like a compilation album to be honest. There's a fair few artists in there, with very few of the songs at all only containing Pitbull as their vocalist, so even if you prefer the other artists, I would still say it's worth buying.

      I believe I bought this album in HMV as part of their 2 for £10 deal, so that means that it cost me £5, even though I bought it when it was still relatively new to the market. I believe it now costs around that anyway on websites like Amazon, but obviously if you shop around you can probably get it for even less.

      As much as I love Pitbull, can't give it the full 5 stars because there simply isn't enough of him on the album; he has used a lot of other artists to build his fame with this album, which I think has actually made it less appealing for me, given that I prefer Pitbull's voice to those of the other artists that are on this album.

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        28.10.2011 00:19
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        A lot of the music is disposable and you won't remember it in years to time but, hell, it's fun.

        '''Pitbull - Planet Pit''' is thankfully, not the pits. Not to be confused with the dog, although likely named Pitbull due to the likeness, Pit is actually the sixth studio album from the Cuban-American rapper. Admittedly, I have never been a huge fan of his, but he became to raise his profile in 2009 with his irritatingly infectious 'I Know You Want Me'. Many will know him simply as a featured artist, most noticeably for 'All Night Long' with Alexandra Burke and 'I Like It' alongside Enrique Iglesias. And from that I think you get the picture, Pitbull likes to dance. With 'Planet Pit', he continues to stick to his club roots.

        _Why you think they call me_ '''Mr Worldwide (ft. Vein)''' is the introduction to the album, at just over a minute in length it's your typical attempt at setting the tone for what is to come. This then leads us nicely into '''Give Me Everything Tonight (ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer)''', which is without a doubt Pitbull's biggest hit to date. The track has already topped the charts in the UK, and looks set to do the same on the US Billboard if it can ever shift Adele off the perch. And not only is it a commercial success, it the best piece of music I have heard from Pitbull, giving us a welcome return to an on form Ne-Yo for the first time in years also.

        After that how can Pitbull keep the standard up? Well, it leads us into '''Rain Over Me (ft. Marc Anthony)''', which starts off sounding eerily to something I could have heard recently at the Eurovision Song contest. Luckily it brushes this off quickly, and Marc Anthony's smooth chorus is sure to make this a favourite with the ladies. Interesting, Marc is married to Jennifer Lopez, who Pitbull recently did a feature with on the mega smasher club banger, 'On The Floor'. The track is also produced by RedOne, who has famously worked with Lady Gaga but also produced a song at the, you guessed it, Eurovision Song contest.

        The first single from the album, '''Hey Baby (Drop it on the Floor) (ft. T-Pain)''' was the first single to be released from the album, but there's no doubting Give Me Everything is the lead track from the project. T-Pain is famous for his auto-tuned vocals, but his popularity has somewhat dropped off since the mid-Noughties. Again though, Pitbull brings the best out of a fading star and T-Pain is almost the perfect fit for the track.

        Up to this point, Pitbull has been relying heavily on his featured guests. _Stop. Drop._ '''Pause''' marks his first attempt at making it by himself on the album. The result doesn't seem great on first impressions, but whilst this isn't going to appeal to the R&B audience that most of the album thus far has catered for, what Pause will be is a huge hit on a dance floors, similar to how I Know You Want Me was two years ago.

        I was especially looking forward to '''Come N Go (ft. Enrique Iglesias)''' as I knew Pitbull had changed Iglesias from a Hero singing smoocher to a dirty R&B party animal on his last project. I suppose that reflects into why this is possibly one of my biggest disappoints, and Iglesias' feature sounds almost female - I don't think you would recognise his voice if he hadn't been pointed out to you.

        We get the return of someone we'd already heard from earlier in the album on '''Shake Senora (ft. T-Pain and Sean Paul)''' Pitbull continues to bring stars out of retirement, seeing as nothing of note has really happened in Sean Paul's career since 2005's We Be Burnin. This track sounds like you're sitting by the beach, with the cocktails on, women in their bikinis and those little banjo guitars going wild. A feel good sunny afternoon track. I was also excited to hear this track as I heard it was produced by Clinton Sparks, who appears to be an up and coming talent with his track It Must Suck To Be You.

        _You put it down like New York City, I never sleep, wild like Los Angeles, my fantasy, hotter than Miami, I feel the heat, oohh miss..._ '''International Love (ft. Chris Brown)''' If you saw my recent review on Breezy's FAME album you will know I'm a huge fan, irrespective of what he has done in the past (i.e. Rihanna) and every project he seems to get involved in seems to turn to gold - or perhaps platinum sales - as late. There is no question this is one of my favourite tracks on the album, and mentioning aload of different states/countries may seem a bit cliché at the moment (see J'Lo and JLS 'She Makes Me Wanna') but who cares.

        Been following X-Factor lately? You'll know that the artist featured on this track has recently been unveiled as a new judge. '''Castle Made of Sand (ft. Kelly Rowland and Jamie Drastik)''' is the first time the album takes a breather. Kelly's smooth vocals suit the track, but a ballad was never going to be Pitbull's strong point. And to those who said Kelly wasn't a big enough star for our X-Factor? If Destiny's Child wasn't big enough, hopefully her solo career and the amount of featured appearances she's churning out is enough for you.

        If you thought things were slowing down, '''Took My Love (ft. Red Foo, Vein and David Rush)''' shows they're not, as the beat gets sped up again. The track is produced by LMFAO and there's definitely traces of their presence - the group are most well known for their recent number one UK smash Party Rock Anthem. Whilst I don't think you'll be sorry for party rocking to this track, it sits well on the album. I listen to a lot of music but I'm positive '''Where Do We Go (ft. Jamie Foxx)''' is sampling a previous track, I could just be totally wrong and have heard this song before, so someone please help me out on this. I am a little confused how Foxx is such a massive Oscar winning star in the States, yet he's had little success in the UK. He just adds to the name of features on Planet Pit.

        Closing the standard version of the album is the only other song that does not include a feature, and it is also produced by everyones favourite French DJ, David Guetta. '''Something for the DJs''' is good for a DJ trying to interact with his crowd, and with a whole load of scratching I think, just as the title would make you believe, this has been made for the DJ's. _If you're sexy and you know it say oh yeah, if you're sexy and you know it say oh yeah, If you're sexy and you know it and you really want to show it, if you're sexy and you know it say oh yeah_

        We're entering Deluxe territory here with '''Mr Right Now (ft. Akon)''' a track that I'm surprised didn't make the standard edition over some of the last few tracks. Afterall, Akon is a huge name and this is a good track. Perhaps they were worried we'd get confused whether he was Mr Worldwide or Mr Right Now? Then we move on to '''Shake Senora REMIX (ft. T-Pain, Sean Paul and Ludacris)''' ...you all remember we were sitting by the sea drinking cocktails earlier, right? Well now it's back for a remix, this time featuring Luda 'MOVE B*TCH' also. It's difficult to the compare as they are both so similar, not really the best use of a extra song on a deluxe edition, but the choice is yours to what you prefer. _Shake shake it senora, shake your body right, work work it senora, ride into my ride_

        There is no denying this isn't your standard American rap album, but nor is it your standard British dance album. Pitbull's sound isn't that common at the moment, and is the only one really making music like this since Daddy Yankee and his Gasolina. '''Oye Baby (ft. Nicola Fasano)''' continues this trend, and it also has a small sample to a footballer anthem you may remember. Closing things is '''My Kinda Girl (ft. Nelly)''', and I would say this and Mr Right Now should have been on the standard edition over Took My Love and Where Do We Go. Are these tracks enough to warrant buying the deluxe edition? No. I doubt the deluxe edition will sell that much unless people pick up the wrong CD by mistake, because I don't see Pitbull having a diehard fan base.

        _She came from nothing so she know something, yeah that's true, for me she'll fight the world, now that's my kinda girl_ ...it's probably a fitting way to close this review, because Pitbull has came out of no where to be at the peak of his career. Ok, I probably should have seen it coming but this album has surpassed expectations in so many ways. I don't think there will be a better party album all year, even LMFAO's.

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        18.08.2011 17:25
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        average, not the best

        Pitbull's former singles include "Hotel Room Service", "Bon Bon" and "I Know You Want Me", all songs which have very explicit lyrics and are basically just all about sex. To sum up Pitbull's style, a comment I once saw on one of his music videos on YouTube said "this porn has really good music"!! If you hate this kind of music then just to warn you - you will definitely hate this album! If you like it then this could be for you!
        But on the plus side, he does have some proper banging tunes which I love!! And after hearing and loving his first two singles from this album, "Give Me Everything" and "Rain Over Me", I had to download the rest of the album.

        1. Mr. Worldwide (Intro) - "Let's show them why they call me Mr. Worldwide"

        2. Give Me Everything - "Can't promise tomorrow, but I'll promise tonight." This song features NeYo and Neyer. It was number one for a few weeks and was in the charts for ages, in fact I think it is still in the charts despite being released ages ago. Which proves my point that this is a brilliant song. I'm loving this tune as its a proper feel good, party track that gets you in the mood for a good night out.

        3. Rain Over Me - This one features the amazing Latin singer Marc Anthony, J-Lo's ex. It was produced by RedOne and has a really fab banging beat that thumps out behind Marc Anthony's fantastic voice, "Girl my body don't lie, I'm outta my mind". Pitbull raps in Spanish as well as English freaky talk. I'm loving the part where he says "teach me baby, better yet freak me baby, yes yes, I'm freaky baby". Its really catchy and gets stuck in my head all day after hearing it! This is my favourite song of the album, its a great party song.

        4. Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor) - T-Pain features on this not so great track. Theres some Auto-Tune in this and it gets boring very quickly. I'll move onto the next track, I often skip this one in the album.

        5. "I'm such a d-d-d-dirty dog/My teeth will unsnap your bra." I think you get the jist of what this ones about. Typical Pitbull lyrics really! Some people will probably find this a bit sleazy . . .

        6. Come N Go - . . . and this tracks more or less about the same thing. Another weak one.

        7. Shake Señora - This one is featuring Sean Paul. Its ok, quite catchy, but not my favourite. After listening a few times it does grow on you.

        8. Love International - Another weak link between tracks.

        9. Castle Made of Sand - I quite like this one actually. Its a bit different. It features the voice of new XFactor judge, Kelly Rowland. I predict this one to be released as another single. Pitbull takes up a less sleazy type of rapping in this one, and his style reminds me a lot of Eminem.

        10. Took My Love - This is another one that grows on you.

        11. Something for the DJs - I'm not really feeling this one either if I'm honest, its a bit, er how can I put this, rubbish.

        So overall this album is just average really, as although there are some brilliant songs there are also lots of weaker tracks that I'm not really into. It probably is one of his better albums though, after listening to snaps of his previous ones. But overall this only gets 3 stars from me.

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        1 Mr. Worldwide (Intro) (feat.Vein)
        2 Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer)
        3 Rain Over Me (feat. Marc Anthony)
        4 Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) (feat. T-Pain)
        5 Pause
        6 Come N Go (feat. Enrique Iglesias)
        7 Shake Senora (feat. T-Pain & Sean Paul)
        8 International Love (feat. Chris Brown)
        9 Castle Made Of Sand (feat. Kelly Rowland & Jamie Drastik)
        10 Took My Love (feat. Red Foo, Vein & David Rush)
        11 Where Do We Go (feat. Jamie Foxx)
        12 Something For The DJs
        13 Mr. Right Now (feat. Akon)
        14 Shake Senora REMIX (feat. T-Pain, Sean Paul & Ludacris)
        15 Oye Baby (Pitbull vs. Nicola Fasano)
        16 My Kinda Girl (feat. Nelly)