El Mariel - Clean
Label: The Orchard
On El Mariel, Pitbull puts the entire Cuban expat community on his back. He goes after Fidel in "Come See Me," then attempts to demythologize Miami's South Beach culture on "Miami Sh*t." Of course, Pitbull is political as long as there's not booty jiggling in his face, and most of the album is consumed by Caribbean crunk. The style fits well as the bilingual Pitbull is one of hip-hop's most animated emcees. His screeches, chants and double-time raps make his lyrics almost irrelevant.