Pitbull The Boatlift [Clean]
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- Released: November 20, 2007
- Label: TVT
Vibe - p.86"THE BOATLIFT solidifies Pitbull's position as one of the most diverse party MC's around."
- 1.A Little Story (Intro)
- 2.Go Girl
- 3.Dukey Love
- 4.I Don't See 'Em
- 6.Ying & the Yang
- 7.The Anthem
- 8.The Truth (Interlude)
- 10.Sticky Icky
- 11.My Life
- 12.Secret Admirer
- 13.Get Up / Levantate
- 14.Fuego - (DJ Buddha Remix)
- 15.Stripper Pole - (Remix)
- 16.Un Poquito
- 17.Tell Me - (Remix)
- 18.Mr. 305 (Outro)
Personnel: Dawin Lapache (guitar, guitars, bass guitar); Steven Cruz (guitars); Eddie "Scarlito" Perez (piano, keyboards); Adam Gomez Aka Pikuchu, LaMarquis Mark Jefferson (bass guitar); Raulito (bongos); Danny Guira, Jose Martinez Aka Jumanji Guira (guiro); Leroy S. Romans, Juan Chavis Aka Juan Ya, Juan DeJesus Aka John Q., Julissa, Rafael Mart¡nez (background vocals); Andrea Venezuela (vocals); Craig Love (guitar); Detroit Nix (keyboards); Ryan Deaunovich, Ping "A. Fuegoski" Montana (bongos); Young Rico Scott, Reather Bryant, Harold Jones (percussion); Toby Love, Yahaira Vargas, Miguel DeJesus, Jonathan "JaShell" Gelabert (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Young Boss, Yung Berg, Jason Derulo, Don Omar, Fabo, Frankie J, Aim, Lil Jon, Trick Daddy, Trina, Twista, Jim Jones , Cubo, Lloyd , Ken-Y, Casely.
Audio Mixers: Albert Castillo; Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith; Andros Rodriguez; Keith Bizz; Eddie "Scarlito" Perez; Ray Seay; Leslie Brathwaite.
Recording information: 11th Street Studio, Atlanta, GA; Al Burna Studios; Circle House Studios, Miami, FL; ColliPark Studios; DJ Ideal Studios; Four Star Recording Studios, Miami, FL; IRS Studios; King Of Crunk Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Panic Room Studios, Miami, FL; S Line Studios, Atlanta, GA; Studios At The Palms; The Cave, Decatur, GA; The Little Big Room, Houston, TX.
Photographer: Vincent Edmond Louis.
On his 2007 effort The Boatlift, Pitbull's love of club tracks and anthemic party tunes is once again tempered by some serious material, and once again the album's title references the early-'80s mass exodus of Cuban people from their homeland. This is the same formula that was used for his 2006 album, El Mariel, but here the measurements are off, with too much attention being paid to production and hooks while talent and personality get short shrift. Tracks like the appropriately titled "The Anthem" and "Sticky Icky," with Lil Jon and Jim Jones, are infectious, the exciting "Midnight" features Euro-trance keyboards and singer Casely as a worthy Justin Timberlake replacement, plus there's a handful of those Latin rap meets crunk numbers that are so identifiable as Pitbull's. These deep Miami tracks are complemented by some street level interludes and freestyles that are rich with wit, but The Boatlift dies on the slow tracks with "Secret Admirer" being too sugary to take and "My Life" dropping embarrassing bombs like "sometimes I feel/all I can give you is sex/I'm sorry." Get past these plaintive and uninspired tales of how heartbreaking the jet-set lifestyle is and you're left with enough gloss and polish to consider The Boatlift a fun floor-filler, but just not up to Pitbull's usual standards. [A clean version was also released.] ~ David Jeffries
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