Personnel: Lasim Richards (horns); Jim Jonsin (keyboards, programming); Clinton Sparks (programming).
Audio Mixers: John Frye; Robert Marks; Ray Seay; Serban Ghenea.
Recording information: Al Burna Studio, Miami, FL; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Midnight Blue Studios, Miami, FL; Panic Room Studios, Atlanta, GA; Prime Time Studios, Dallas, TX; The Classroom, Atlanta, GA.
Photographer: Ace Buhr.
Arranger: Jim Jonsin.
On the mistitled REBELUTION, rapper Pitbull takes a cue from his homeboy Flo Rida and dives headfirst into the lucrative world of ultra-slick Miami club-rap. The only stories of boat people found here are the kind about people who own yachts, and while the Cuban-American's songs of freedom are sorely missed, nothing in the man's back catalog could fill a dancefloor as quickly as the tech-house stunner "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)." Same could said of the futuristic booty music "Krazy" with Lil Jon or "Hotel Room Service," which triple-mashes an old-school hit ("Rapper's Delight"), a 2 Live Crew classic ("One and One"), and a house music giant (the Nightcrawlers' "Push the Feeling On"). Even when not the most persuasive mood album, once the party has kicked into high gear Rebelution will certainly keep it going.
A crossover superstar, Miami-born Pitbull melds Latin rap, bass, and crunk into a chart-topping brand of street hop. An appearance on Luther Campbell's "Lollipop" single brought him to the attention of the Diaz Brothers' management team, who introduced the rapper to the king of crunk, Lil Jon. After an appearance on Lil Jon's Kings of Crunk album in 2002, Pitbull then unleashed his debut full-length, M.I.A.M.I., with the single "Culo" leading the way. His first worldwide hit came with "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)," and his international success was confirmed when he was chosen to produce the theme song for the 2014 World Cup. The release of his eighth album, Globalization, in 2015 coincided with the launch of his own satellite radio station. ~ David Jeffries