22 Songs, 1 Hour 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Here Pitbull straddles the line between the hardscrabble MC who came of age on the Miami streets and the global entertainment brand he'd later become. Named after a Cuban port where 125,000 refugees fled to America in 1990, El Mariel counts as a political statement for Pit. On the slow jam "Raindrops" and the '90s hip-hop of "Blood Is Thicker than Water," he denounces materialism and reflects on growing up poor; Pit even scolds Fidel Castro on "Come See Me." Elsewhere, he's all about getting the party started: "Fuego" shimmies around the familiar sample from Debbie Deb's "When I Hear Music," while "Hey You Girl" nicks The B-52's' "Rock Lobster."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Here Pitbull straddles the line between the hardscrabble MC who came of age on the Miami streets and the global entertainment brand he'd later become. Named after a Cuban port where 125,000 refugees fled to America in 1990, El Mariel counts as a political statement for Pit. On the slow jam "Raindrops" and the '90s hip-hop of "Blood Is Thicker than Water," he denounces materialism and reflects on growing up poor; Pit even scolds Fidel Castro on "Come See Me." Elsewhere, he's all about getting the party started: "Fuego" shimmies around the familiar sample from Debbie Deb's "When I Hear Music," while "Hey You Girl" nicks The B-52's' "Rock Lobster."

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