(YouTube video courtesy VEVO)
If it seems like Cuban-American rapper Pitbull has become ubiquitous lately, it’s probably because he has – in 2012 alone, partnering with Shakira and Enrique Iglesias; shepherding Dominican rap protégé Sensato del Patio to a Latin Grammy nomination for Crazy People; and now, making the rounds promoting the just released album Global Warming with performances of the dance-inducing Don’t Stop the Party.
(Unofficial YouTube video courtesy Victor Gonzalez) Global Warming features the usual assortment of collaborators – one-time appearances by Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, and Shakira, as well as Usher, Chris Brown, Sensato and others; and multiple appearances by Afrojack.
On the strength of the four tracks already released – Back in Time (featured in the movie Men in Black III); Get It Started (featuring Shakira), the current release Don’t Stop the Party; the fully Spanish-language Echa Pa’lla (Manos Pa’rriba); and the likely next release Feel This Moment (featuring both Aguilera and a highly recognizable sample of the keyboard riff from A-ha’s iconic Eighties hit Take On Me), Global Warming will likely cement Pitbull’s place as everybody’s favorite rap artist.
Other tracks will likely garner strong club play, including Party Ain’t Over, which features R&B crooner Usher as well as some creative rhymes (and some careful editing); Tchu Tchu Tcha, another partnership with Iglesias; Drinks For You, featuring Jennifer Lopez; Have Some Fun, which features Afrojack and British boy-band The Wanted; and Last Night, with Havana Brown and another appearance by Afrojack (and some more judicious editing). One track, however, with a title that can’t really be repeated even in an edited form, is decidedly out of place to these ears.
As of right now, Mr. Worldwide has just four performances scheduled, at the end of the year; however with the drop of Global Warming in time for Christmas buying, expect also to hear announcement of a supporting North American tour soon.