Planet Pit (Deluxe Version)
Riding high from the gangbuster success of his collaboration with Jennifer Lopez on Latin club hit “On The Floor,” Pitbull was poised to take the summer of 2011 by storm with his sixth studio album, Planet Pit. That prediction came true on the back of multiple hit singles, chief among them “Give Me Everything” alongside famed R&B singer Ne-Yo and producers Afrojack and Nayer. The enduring EDM favorite melded classic house keys with saturated synths and rousing, anthemic hooks that propelled it to the top of the charts. A master class in dance-music maximalism, Planet Pit features top production talent such as David Guetta, RedOne, Dr. Luke, and DJ Snake, who gleefully inject EDM bombast with throwback Miami bass, warbling electro synths, and cascading Caribbean percussion. Though global in scale, and even cementing Pitbull's glitzy alias as Mr. Worldwide on the opening track of the same name, the album is lovingly rooted in Miami's neon-lit, open-air nightclubs. On “Pause,” pounding circuit house meets deliciously percussive mambo, practically begging to be enjoyed dancing under the stars and with feet planted in the cool sand. Pitbull also enlisted T-Pain and Sean Paul for the calypso-hardstyle interpolation of “Shake Senora,” sampling Harry Belafonte's “Jump In the Line” and cranking up the BPMs on the laidback, family-friendly classic. For every banger contained within Planet Pit there's a knowing wink to other chart-topping successes of the EDM era. The stripped-down, inspirational hip-hop of “Castle Made of Sand” with rapper Jamie Drastik and Destiny's Child alum Kelly Rowland is a kindred spirit of Eminem and Rihanna's “Love the Way You Lie.” Marc Anthony's soaring, feel-good chorus on “Rain Over Me” not only harkened to his Latin freestyle collabs with Masters At Work in the early ‘90s but could also be an analog for Don Omar's crowd-pleaser “Danza Kuduro.” Most of all, the album's unabashed dance-floor ambitions helped sell reticent American audiences on big-beat club music once considered too European. Planet Pit shattered that paradigm with cheeky humor and undeniable songcraft, proving that nightlife euphoria is not bound by geography.