Pitbull - Global Warming Review
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 11.19.2012
Mr. Worldwide is back with his seventh studio album, Global Warming! But can the star-filled affair help him conquer the world or is it an overstuffed disaster? 411's Jeremy Thomas checks in with his full review!
1. "Global Warming (Intro)" (feat. Sensato) (1:25)
2. "Don't Stop the Party" (feat. TJR) (3:26)
3. "Feel This Moment" (feat. Christina Aguilera) (3:49)
4. "Back in Time" (3:27)
5. "Hope We Meet Again" (feat. Chris Brown) (3:41)
6. "Party Ain't Over" (feat. Usher) (4:03)
7. "Drinks for You (Ladies Anthem)" (feat. Jennifer Lopez) (3:16)
8. "Have Some Fun" (feat. The Wanted) (4:04)
9. "Outta Nowhere" (feat. Danny Mercer & Jamie Drastik) (3:26)
10. "Tchu Tchu Tcha" (feat. Enrique Iglesias) (3:25)
11. "Last Night" (feat. Havana Brown) (3:39)
12. "I'm Off That" (3:17)
Pitbull has easily become one of the most omnipresent people working in hip-hop today. The Miami rapper, real name Armando Pérez, has had a steady rise to the top of the charts that began in 2004 with his debut album M.I.A.M.I., which spawned three Billboard-charting tracks and set the stage for his eventual takeover. Pitbull has been plotting and planning and biding his time until he made his official explosion into the top of the charts with Planet Pit in 2011, a star-studded affair that became a worldwide hit and gave him his first Billboard chart-topper as well as four other omnipresent hits. He's not resting on his laurels though, and just over a year later "Mr. 305" is back with an equally star-filled affair in Global Warming, his latest bid to achieve true worldwide domination.
Much like Planet Pit, Pitbull seems to be trying to make Global Warming so packed with big names that it will entice people to buy the LP just based on the sheer star power. Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Chris Brown, Enrique Iglesias and even flavor-of-the-month boy band The Wanted appear on the various tracks on this album; in fact only two songs are solo tracks for Pitbull. One of those was the first single off the album, "Back in Time." This Men in Black 3-themed song is a highly unfortunate number that tries to combine his Miami-based sound with a 1950s feel, via a sample from the 1956 Mickey & Sylvia hit "Love Is Strange." The song wasn't even deemed worthy to make it onto the Men in Black 3 soundtrack, but Pitbull has no such reservations and so we get an already-dated track on which the rapper displays a lack of depth or lyrical skills.
"Back in Time" as a song is indicative of the problem with Pitbull's work as a main artist; he slathers his tracks in so much production that he doesn't consider it necessary to put any substance into the work. Look at "Don't Stop the Party," which features the song's original writer TJR on it. The song is very much a typical Pitbull track, with references to his worldwide concert sell-outs amidst an overly-repetitive chorus, overdone pulse-pounding club beats and very little in the way of real content. It is only when he includes big-time guests that the music raises above a level of mediocrity; Christina Aguilera's appearance on "Feel This Moment" adds some musical substance to Pitbull's style and makes for a track that, if not necessarily good, at least is very listenable.
His collaboration with Jennifer Lopez is similarly a step up from the rest of the album and, in fact, the only real standout track. Titled "Drinks for You (Ladies Anthem)," one might imagine it to be another big party anthem about meeting up with chicks at the club but in fact it's a vaguely more serious number, paying tribute to the women who work hard to raise a family and need a chance to unwind at the end of the week. With J-Lo providing a solid hook and Pitbull easing up a bit of the "look at what a star I am" lyrical obsession, it becomes a song that is distinguishable from the constant Thump-Thump-Thump on the rest of the disc.
Unfortunately, that particular song is a one-time thing on this album (two if you count the Christina collaboration); the rest of it is filled with relative disasters like "Have Some Fun," which does things with the old Sheryl Crow track that would be bring up questions of being legitimate or not in the eyes of former Senate hopeful Todd Akin. The song takes the worst traits of the Wanted and the worst of Pitbull's, throwing them in with the Sheryl Crow for a mish-mash of complete aural agony. Similarly, Enrique Iglesias' featured track on the album includes such lyrical gems as "Iím picking you, you what I want/I want your tchu tcha tcha tchu tchu tcha/tchu tcha tcha tchu tchu tcha" and "She wants control, buy a leash...to be honest, I just wanna f**k to say the least." We're not exactly talking about lyrical genius here.
All of the issues with this LP--the lack of lyrical depth, the overreliance on his tropes like "Mr. Worldwide" and his need to pack guest-stars in to make up for his own shortcomings--stem from a simple, endemic problem: Pitbull is an example of marketing skill over musical talent. There is skill in the man; he has a good flow and he is firmly in possession of his sonic identity, when he wants to let it out. But he has discovered that it is easier to market himself than produce real music. Consider the fact that the best single released so far, "Get It Started" with Shakira, isn't even available on the regular version album and is instead only available on the more expensive deluxe version. That's crass commercialism at its finest, and that is part of what makes Global Warming such a disaster of an album. The sad part is that it will work and unfortunately, you can count on hearing songs off this album over the airwaves for months to come.
Standout Tracks: "Feel This Moment," "Drinks for You (Ladies Anthem)"
Skippable: "Don't Stop the Party," "Back in Time," "Tchu Tchu Tcha"
The 411: Pitbull's latest studio effort, Global Warming, is the culmination of all style, zero substance. The Miami-based rapper spends all of his time filling the disc with musical superstars and enormous club hooks in order to make up for his shallowness is a lyricist. What is most frustrating is that we know the man is capable of more than this, even if he makes no effort to show it here. It may well be a high point for him on the charts, but it is a low point in terms of his creative output.