El Mariel

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El Mariel
El Mariel.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 31, 2006
Recorded2005 – 2006
Pitbull chronology
Money Is Still a Major Issue
El Mariel
The Boatlift
Singles from El Mariel
  1. "Bojangles"
    Released: May 2, 2006
  2. "Ay Chico (Lengua Afuera)"
    Released: October 30, 2006
  3. "Dime"
    Released: October 30, 2006
  4. "Be Quiet"
    Released: October 31, 2006

El Mariel is the second studio album by Cuban-American rapper Pitbull. It features production from Lil Jon, Diaz Brothers, DJ Khaled, Mr. Collipark, The Neptunes and Jim Jonsin. It includes guest appearances from Lil Jon, Twista and Trick Daddy. A Spanish-language version of the album was released on October 31, 2006 featuring the three singles from El Mariel, along with twelve Spanish-only tracks. The album leaked onto the internet on October 27, 2006.

El Mariel debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 17, selling 48,000 copies that week;[1] this was also the album's peak on the chart.[2] The album has sold over a total of 214,000 copies.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
HipHopDX2.5/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[6]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[8]
The Situation4/5[9]
Stylus MagazineB–[10]
XXL3/5 stars (L)[11]

AllMusic's David Jeffries noted that the album's political aspects are misleading, but praised it for having catchy party music mixed with the serious tracks and Pitbull for showing a little depth in his lyrical repertoire, concluding that, "While it's hard to deny the more mature Pitbull is something that needs to be explored further, it's just as hard to deny the rump-shaking, trunk-rumbling stunners he drops all over the album."[4] Steve 'Flash' Juon of RapReviews praised the album's reggaeton sound and Pitbull's improvement as a lyricist and musician, concluding that, "Hip-Hop in South Florida is now more universal than ever thanks in large part to Pitbull's infectious flow and machismo."[7] Agustin Gurza of the Los Angeles Times praised the record for conveying an artist that carries multiple dimensions and facets of a lived life, saying "we meet a Pitbull who is even likable and vulnerable."[6]

Jesús Triviño Alarcon of XXL, while praising the tracks that involved serious topics, felt the record was overhauled by a majority of the nondescript dance club tracks, concluding that "[T]he music may knock in the club, but Pitbull’s lack of diversity is a major issue."[11] Evan Serpick of Rolling Stone was critical of Pitbull's flow throughout the album, saying that it works in the party tracks but the slower ones bring out lyricism that's limp, concluding that "his hot flow and ice-cold lyrics are better served in the club."[8] Andres Tardio of HipHopDX said he saw potential based on the record's title and its serious tracks but felt it was wasted opportunity because of Pitbull not being able to stay on topic.[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."Intro"Donavan Knowles1:56
2."Miami Shit"Gorilla Tek3:22
3."Come See Me"DJ Toomp3:07
4."Jealouso"Pharrell Williams4:03
5."Qué Tú Sabes D'eso" (featuring Fat Joe and Sinful)Oak, Andrew "Papa Justifi" Wansel4:03
6."Fademaster Skit" 0:37
7."Be Quiet"Shakespeare3:22
8."Ay Chico (Lengua Afuera)"Mr. Collipark3:25
9."Fuego"Mr. Collipark3:49
10."Rock Bottom" (featuring Bun B and Cubo)Taz Arnold4:31
11."Amanda Diva Skit" 0:41
12."Blood Is Thicker Than Water" (featuring Redd Eyezz)Cip4:05
13."Jungle Fever" (featuring Wyclef Jean and Oobie)DJ Rob-N, Gamboa4:02
14."Hey You Girl"Jim Jonsin3:46
15."Raindrops" (featuring Anjuli Stars)Diaz Brothers4:15
16."Voodoo"Lil Jon3:47
17."Descarada (Dance)" (featuring Vybz Kartel)Don "Vendetta" Bennett3:02
18."Dime (Remix)" (featuring Ken-Y)Lil Jon5:07
19."Bojangles (Remix)" (featuring Lil Jon and Ying Yang Twins)Lil Jon4:29
20."Born-N-Raised" (DJ Khaled featuring Pitbull, Trick Daddy, and Rick Ross)The Runners4:16
21."Outro" 1:10
Sample credits

Best Buy Bonus DVD[edit]

  1. The Making of El Mariel-Directed By Bobby Viera
  2. Bojangles (Remix) Video
  3. Bojangles Live Performance Video-Directed By Bobby Viera
  4. La Esquina: Trading Races


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[12] 17
U.S. Independent Albums (Billboard)[13] 1
U.S. R&B Albums (Billboard)[13] 5
U.S. Rap Albums (Billboard)[13] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Position
U.S. Independent Albums (Billboard)[14] 26


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  2. ^ Artist chart history for Pitbull (albums), Billboard.com.
  3. ^ Independent Sales Chart, [1], IndieHQ.com
  4. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "El Mariel - Pitbull". AllMusic. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Tardio, Andres (November 2, 2006). "Pitbull - El Mariel". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Gurza, Agustin (November 7, 2006). "Untainled 'Love'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Juon, Steve 'Flash' (November 7, 2006). "Pitbull :: El Mariel :: TVT Records". RapReviews. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Serpick, Evan (November 13, 2006). "El Mariel : Pitbull : Review". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on December 3, 2007. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  9. ^ Tang, Melisa. "Pitbull - El Mariel". The Situation. Archived from the original on February 24, 2007. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  10. ^ Shipley, Al (November 16, 2006). "Pitbull - El Mariel - Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on November 7, 2007. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Alarcon, Jesús Triviño (November 2, 2006). "Pitbull El Mariel". XXL. Townsquare Media. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  12. ^ HDD Charts/Album Sales Archived September 15, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ a b c "Original Hits - Pitbull | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  14. ^ "2007 Year-End Charts: Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2015.