Ever since seeing him appear as a special guest on America’s greatest export My Super Sweet 16 years ago, it was only a matter of time when Pitbull would get noticed by the mainstream media. Planet Pit is the big dog’s sixth studio album, and first since becoming a huge star because of his collaborations with Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, Usher, T-Pain, and a million more.
Planet Pit is essentially the source of music charts today, as it is full of hits that has notably been embedded in the skulls of unfortunate people through the millions upon millions of facebook status’ demanding strangers to ‘grab somebody sexy, tell them hey’ followed by a winky face to quickly diminish any hint of said person suggesting the idea to perform an attempted rape.
It’s difficult to review an album like this, simply because on one side it is full of the predictable elements and everything necessary to make a pop hit of 2011, synthesisers that go DOOSH DOOSH DOOSH and the occasional ‘wooww!’ aided by wonderful autotune. But the other half displays what is good about Pitbull, he has used his popularity to invite other hugely popular guests to sing on the record, and the result is fourteen tracks with have one moment that makes you go ‘oh it’s THAT song’. The other benefit to Planet Pit is that it’s every nightclubs/DJ’s wet dream, the amount of memorable pop hooks ranging from the ‘AYAH YAH YAH’ on Rain On Me to the chorus of Hotel Room Service, which is simply never going to fail on the dancefloor, to the point where it’s second nature to soundtrack a Pitbull track on top of a scene of wotsit-related girls drunk off vodka shots, beginning to grind her too-mature-for-this bits all over a jacked up ‘dude’ who’s wearing his intentionally too small t-shirt.
There is also the matter of context to think about here. We have Pitbull, a rapper who failed five times to become popular until today, calling himself ‘Mr.Worldwide’ at the beginning of the track, and then following up with calling ‘bitches’ to his room so he can go doggy style on them. All dog puns aside, maybe it is all about the booties and the boobies? This derogatory mindset of today’s mainstream rap seems to have been ignored for many years by the mass audience, maybe because of a nice beat, or a sing-a-long chorus, what happened to the days of talking about nice cars and respecting women? Chris Brown features on the album too; who funnily enough is relevant in this point; as everybody has seemingly forgot that he beat up former girlfriend Rihanna because well, he DID feature on that track with the pretty beat alongside Justin Bieber, so it’s okay.