Date: Saturday 3rd August 2013
Location: 02 Academy Brixton
First impressions were slightly biased as Brixton is quickly becoming my favourite venue. Its easily accessible, has just the right incline from the stage so everyone can see and is very roomy. (Even got my own spot, if your ever at the same gig as me im at the back right side of the stage by the bar, follow the fro and say hi!!! hehehe). Anyway back to the review.
Pitbull arrived in true style around 20 minutes late but it was a nice vibe in the academy as they had a DJ playing music to get us dancing and etc. The audience was a pleasant mix of cultures and styles. From the Latinos who come out to rep their Cubano to the new skool dance heads who never put their arms down the entire time! No drama, just straight fun times. Even saw a pair of little girls who were their with their families having the time of their lives, so cute!!
Mr 305 burst onto the stage complete with live band and started with an album hit ‘ Ohhh Baby Baby’ with warmed us up nicely. He kept up the tempo throughout the show, doing all his classic hits accompanied by a group of ‘high-leg leotard wearing booty shakers’ to keep the salsa flowing. Songs such as ‘Rain over me’ and ‘ Get on the Floor’ with artists appearing on video playback showed us why even though many people think he is chessy and robotic, we need Pitbull in our lives. At times i did feel like he was missing ‘another voice’ as he has done so many collaborations but he kept it moving by giving us the best snippets rather than dragging it out.
A Cuban America raised in Miami, Florida (305 refers to the area code of Miami) Pitbull made a name for himself in the rap game early on going on tour bringing Spanish and Rap music together. It was something that was well overdue as the two cultures almost dominate certain parts of the sunshine state. As he developed his sound he decided to delve into Reggaeton and Party Hits with bangers such as ‘Culo’ and ‘I Know You Want Me’, he also did his hit ‘ Shake Senora’ in which he paid homage to Jamaica for its influence. (I love that song because it’s in The Little Mermaid 3!!) Maturity and his love for music developed Pitubull into the artist he is today. An Intense, fun loving character who is proud of his heritage and not afraid to mix genres to get his point across.
A controversial point his Pitbull’s career was when he reacted musically a comment made by George Bush where he made a statement saying that anyone living in the U.S. should speak English and learn the national anthem. Being of Latino heritage he decided to stand up for his people and make a song called ‘ Nuestro Himno’, a song that would later become an anthem for immigrant rights.
Part way through he decided to take us back earlier in his career and do some of his urban hits that we know and love. He did songs such as ‘Culo’ and ‘Move, Shake, Drop’ however in my opinion he didn’t do the songs justice. The songs burst onto the scene at a time when Latinos were becoming musically global in a new genre and instead of embracing Reggaeton to the fullest, he put a rock backing behind the songs and almost hid that infectious ‘Perreo’ beat. As a fan of Pitbull from those days i do feel he should have kept it real regardless if his new fans knew him back then or not. WE DID AND WE LOVED IT!!!
He went on to perform his latest hits ‘Feel the Moment’ ft Christina Aguilera, ‘ and ‘Don’t stop the Party’ but the moment of madness came when he took of his glasses and adjusted his trademark suit to take us back to his magical worldwide number 1 smash ‘ Give Me Everything’. It is one of those songs where your inner soul starts to ache with happiness and you actually start to move involuntarily. I saw people crying, hugging, jumping and screaming, definitely a song of many emotions!!
In conclusion, a very good concert that ticked all the boxes for the newcomers to Mr 305’s world, for the people who remember him before the transition, it was a hard pill to swallow. Many people say he sold out and doesn’t do Latino music anymore and this concert was a slight demonstration of that. He spoke Spanish a lot and dropped a few salsa moves but all the Latinos in the house left looking a bit deflated. You can tell they wanted more from him. I’m happy i went to see him as he is an amazing artist but i don’t know if i would see him again.
Gotta be honest with y’all!!
Either way you gotta go once just to ‘Feel the Moment’
I’ll leave you with a flashabck and the song you will never forget.