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Ten Year Throwback: Pitbull Starring in Rebelution by Pitbull

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You might have heard some of this album on a Monday night in Dusk, but how does it hold up ten years later?

Pitbull Starring in Rebelution was Pitbull’s fourth album, released in 2009.

As you might expect, it doesn’t sound much better ten years later.

If you listen to this album in 2019, you might recognise the song I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) from any house party or cheap nightclub.

Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly), it didn’t have quite the same appeal when I listened to it stone-cold sober.

From there, it only gets worse. Pitbull’s collaboration with Ke$ha, Girls, raises many questions. Namely; why?

Why did someone think this was a good idea? Why did the lyric “I don’t need ecstasy to get you rolling/knock them down like I’m bowling” need to be written?

The only standout on this album is the classic Hotel Room Service – but not for any good reasons. It is catchy, admittedly, but it stands out mostly for its brazen, unabashed cringe.

It’s fun to listen to Mr. Worldwide try to be sexy. The lyrics “your man just left, I’m the plumber tonight/I’ll check your pipes” stand out in particular. This song will have you thinking – did Holiday Inn sponsor Pitbull?

There’s no question about it, this album does not hold up to 2019’s standards.

The instrumentals are dated, the lyrics are questionable at best, and the featured artists are largely irrelevant now (Akon who?).

Starring in Rebelution, and Pitbull himself, are probably best left in 2009, or at least until you’re several double vodkas down.

Image Credit: NME

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