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El Mariel

Since his debut in 2004, the Cuban-American MC Pitbull has stayed true to his Miami roots and dedicated most of his work to the art of shaking butts. Yet given the politically charged title of his sophomore album, El Mariel, named after the infamous Cuban boat lift that relocated almost 125,000 Cubanos to Florida, Pit appeared to be preparing himself to become his people’s mouthpiece. Instead, the project overflows with repetitive club-heavy songs, with only an occasional change of topic. Focusing more on ass-shaking anthems, Pit becomes more of a one-trick potro than a political pundit. On the Miami bass throwback ...

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