The Boatlift

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The Boatlift
The Boatlift.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 27, 2007
Pitbull chronology
El Mariel
The Boatlift
Pitbull Starring in Rebelution
Singles from Pitbull
  1. "Go Girl"
    Released: 2007
  2. "The Anthem"
    Released: March 4, 2007
  3. "Sticky Icky"
    Released: May 15, 2007
  4. "Secret Admirer"
    Released: November 27, 2007

The Boatlift is the third studio album by Miami rapper Pitbull. It was released on November 27, 2007. The singles are "Go Girl", "The Anthem", "Secret Admirer", and "Sticky Icky". The song "Fuego (Remix)" was featured on the video game Madden NFL 2008.

The album debuted at number 50 on the Billboard 200, with sales of 32,084 copies in its first two weeks.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
DJBooth3.5/5 stars[4]
Okayplayer4/5 stars[5]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[7]

The Boatlift garnered a positive reception from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 69, based on 5 reviews.[2]

Patrick Taylor of RapReviews praised the album's versatile production for going beyond crunk music and showing depth in club anthems, concluding that "Pitbull continues to prove himself as an MC who is able to bridge Latin hip hop and Southern hip hop, creating a sound that should appeal to fans from both camps. He may not be the deepest lyricist on earth, and his attempts at bedroom music may fall flat, but he makes a mean soundtrack for a night out."[6] DJBooth's Nathan Slavik praised Pitbull for exploring vastly different genres to create party tracks with a worldview appeal and doing them with a talented cast of featured artists and producers, saying that "The Boatlift isn’t going to expand your intellectual or spiritual horizons, but it is without question a go-to album for all your booty-shakin needs."[4] Jose Davila of Vibe also praised the album's genre-hopping production mixing well with Pitbull's bilingual, charismatic flow, saying that it "solidifies Pitbull's position as one of the most diverse party MCs around. And little else."[8]

Wilson McBee of Slant Magazine said that, "For better or worse, the story of Boatlift concerns more the production and song structures than Pitbull’s own rapping. It’s clear he’d rather be a chorus-shouter than a verse-spitter, or at least he believes that will help him sell more records."[7] AllMusic's David Jeffries commended the production and lyrical hooks for being catchy but felt that it lacked a sense of personality and talent compared to El Mariel, saying to consider The Boatlift "a fun floor-filler, but just not up to Pitbull's usual standards."[3] A writer for Music for America felt that Pitbull was wasting his talent throughout the record rhyming typical club tracks and party jams and would like to see him collaborate with artists like Little Brother, 2Mex, Deep Thinkers and Roots Manuva.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing confirmed by iTunes,[10] and songwriting credits was confirmed by AllMusic.[3]

1."A Little Story (Intro)"Master SaleemSaleem1:08
2."Go Girl" (featuring Trina & Young Bo$$)David Bowen-Petterson, Kenneth Coby, PérezSoundz3:49
3."Dukey Love" (featuring Trick Daddy & Fabo)Michael Crooms, Pérez, Lefabian Williams, Maurice YoungMr. Collipark3:45
4."I Don't See 'Em" (featuring Cubo & AIM)Pérez, Juan Rodriguez, Aldo Roman, Pedro TrujilloTru3:59
5."Midnight" (featuring Casely)Jacob Aminov, PérezVein3:32
6."Ying & the Yang"LaMarquis Jefferson, Craig Love, Larry Nix, Pérez, Jonathan SmithLil Jon3:27
7."The Anthem" (featuring Lil Jon)Rune Kølsch, Carlos Mattos, Michael Ochoa-Camp, PérezLil Jon, Albert Castillo, Rich "DJ Riddler" Pangilinan4:05
8."The Truth (Interlude)"Pérez 0:54
9."Candyman" (featuring Twista)Paul Irizarry, Carl Mitchell, Pérez, Armando RosarioBrown Thugz3:11
10."Sticky Icky" (featuring Jim Jones)Joseph Jones II, Pérez, SmithLil Jon3:42
11."My Life" (featuring Jason Derulo)Lionel Delao, Pérez, Adrian SantallaDrop & Deadbeats3:44
12."Secret Admirer" (featuring Lloyd)Carl Mahone, Pérez, Juan Salinas, Oscar Salinas, David TerryPlay-N-Skillz3:18
13."Get Up / Levantate"Robert Ford, Jake Moore, Pérez, Salinas, Salinas, Lewis Simmons, Kurt WalkerPlay-N-Skillz3:17
14."Fuego (DJ Buddha Remix)" (featuring Don Omar)Chad Butler, Crooms, William Landrón, PérezMr. Collipark3:49
15."Stripper Pole (Remix)" (featuring Toby Love)Teso Martínez, Pérez, Edward Pérez, Jean Carles Pierre, RiveraEddie Perez3:56
16."Un Poquito" (featuring Yung Berg)Mark Owen, Pérez, Christian Ward110% Pure, Big LO3:42
17."Tell Me (Remix)" (featuring Frankie J & Ken-Y)Francisco Bautista, Jr., Kenny Mafer, Perez, SmithLil Jon4:34
18."Mr. 305 (Outro)"Pérez 0:45
Total length:58:43
Sample credits


  1. ^ "Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 12/9/07". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. December 12, 2007. Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Reviews for The Boatlift by Pitbull". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Jeffries, David. The Boatlift at AllMusic. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Slavik, Nathan (November 27, 2007). "Pitbull - The Boatlift". DJBooth. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  5. ^ O'Neal, Eavvon (January 11, 2008). "Pitbull". Okayplayer. Archived from the original on February 25, 2009. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Taylor, Patrick (November 20, 2007). "Feature for November 20, 2007 - Pitbull's "The Boatlift"". RapReviews. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  7. ^ a b McBee, Wilson (November 30, 2007). "Pitbull: The Boatlift". Slant Magazine. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  8. ^ Davila, Jose (February 2008). "Pitbull 'The Boatlift'". Vibe. Vibe Media. 16 (2): 86. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "The Run-Off Groove #182: Underabundance Of The Bon Dance". Music for America. December 4, 2007. Archived from the original on December 8, 2007. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - The Boatlift by Pitbull". iTunes Store (U.S.). Apple. Retrieved January 16, 2012.


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