Pitbull has a loud bark, but unfortunately, his bite is not as fierce. His debut album "M.I.A.M.I." is geared towards the clubs and the ladies, but lacks the depth and creativity to make it a solid release.
With Lil Jon producing almost half of the album, "M.I.A.M.I." suffers from repetitive production and cliché song making. "She's Freaky" and "Get On The Floor" are contrived efforts that follow the usual blueprint on how to make a club song. "Shake It Up" and "I Wonder" are for the ladies, as Pitbull's favorite topic on the album is of course sex. However, both tracks feature sub par production and are extremely predictable. With "M.I.A.M.I.", you can expect one distinct sound and nothing else, and there in lies the problem. Every song follows the same pattern, both production and content wise. There is no diversity in song making, leaving most songs sounding eerily similar.
However, when Pitbull acquires some decent production he is able to display his talent. "Dirty" featuring Bun B is the albums best effort, as the two take it to the streets for a gritty Miami anthem. However, the king of Miami anthems the past couple of years has been Trick Daddy, who makes an appearance on "Melting Pot". The Terror Squad's very own DJ Khaled provides the albums best production effort, giving Pitbull the sound he needs behind the boards. But not to be overlooked is TD, who steals the show wit his verse. "Lord your son got problems, and I know that you know, cause you made this all possible. I live a dangerous ass life you know, so I thank you for your doctors and your hospitals. Thank God, for the thugs too, he understands what these drugs do. He wanna see us all pull through, but only if niggas in the hood knew". "Hustler's Withdrawal" is the albums other standout track, as Pitbull's drug pushing story provides insight behind the dirty business.
Pitbull certainly knows how to make catchy club songs; however, he needs to acquire better and more diverse production if he ever wants to expand his horizons. With Lil Jon and The Diaz Brothers shoveling out predictable beats through the album, "M.I.A.M.I." ends up as an album stuck in one repetitive sound. There are still a couple of noteworthy efforts on the album, however, those songs are too far in between to make "M.I.A.M.I." are worthwhile debut.