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TVT Records

Rating: 5.5/10 ?

February 17, 2005
M.I.A.M.I. is on TVT Records, and the majority of the album was produced by Lil' John. Such is the success of crunk music, and Lil' John in particular, that once I relay those facts to you, you immediately have a good idea of exactly what this record sounds like - unless you've been living in some alternate universe where you've never heard "Get Low" or "Yeah!"

Is that immediate predictability a good thing or a bad thing? Well, it definitely depends on where one is arguing from. For a music fan who craves variety and whose only rewards are far-reaching creativity, this is most certainly not a good thing.

There is absolutely nothing unexpected about M.I.A.M.I., which for certain discerning folk is the kiss of death for any album. On the other hand, for one who is searching for some really great songs to dance to - especially if one frequents the club - crunk music, like what is found here, is a great thing. If you're dancing, the whole point is to expect what's coming next, so you know just how to move your body. Crunk's entire raison d'etre is to aid people in dancing like crazy, and on that level M.I.A.M.I. does not disappoint.

Having a pretty good idea of what this is going to sound like, the question is - does Pitbull bring anything new to the table? He is a Cuban-American rapper, which in and of itself is unusual. However, he does not particularly use that to his advantage, as he raps in English, and the subject matter is standard mainstream hip-hop fare - "look at the ass on that girl," "my people get wild in the club," and "we're pretty hardcore so don't mess with us."

In the end, what we've got here is a pretty standard issue crunk record. Some songs - "Culo" and "Dammit Man"- are better than others. Most exist pretty much for the purpose of dancing. If that's what you're looking for, you're going to find it here and be quite pleased. If it was some grander artistic purpose, you won't find it in M.I.A.M.I. But you knew that already.

Reviewed by Dan Filowitz
Dan Filowitz is Toronto-born, New-Jersey-raised, Indiana-University-educated, and Chicago-residing. In addition to his Lost At Sea contributions, Dan is a senior staff writer for political humor site TalkStation.com and the president of ChicagoImprovAnarchy (The CIA) a Chicago-based improv theatre company. We are not mentioning the 9-5 corporate job. Apparently, Dan does not sleep much. Dan Filowitz is the perfect dinner party guest - fun, witty, intelligent, with wide-ranging interests, ecclectic tastes and a winning smile. Just make sure you have coffee available.

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