I can't believe it... Flo Rida and Pitbull. It's like, uh, wait. What was it like again?
Music video for Can't Believe It (required age, matured content).
So what's next to the biggest butt in the world? The two most famous rappers, of course! Well, it's the first time these two rappers have collaborated and this time, they talk about the emotions of bouncing butt. The question is, how bad can it get?
So it's Flo Rida, and if you don't know the routine yet, then maybe you should have already. So Flo Rida's a maximum pumper, and probably also more renowned for 'taking' music and churning them into hits with replay value as high as a video game. Prime examples? Right Round featuring Kesha, and more recently I Cry which was a sample from Brenda Russell's hit Piano in the Dark. These aren't the problem, but it's the way Flo Rida samples it, as more people will evidently rip apart the new tracks based off the old ones as it's two separate comparisons then anything else. Old hits aren't the only samples off Wild Ones, Flo Rida's previous album which was a major achievement, landing 4 top notch hits in the Billboard Hot 100 top ten. Flo Rida also sampled Avicii's Levels for his hit Good Feeling, and now this time, Infinity by Infinity Ink. Don't get me wrong, I loved the beats, bass and production for the tracks, but something that was lacking terribly was the innovation and creativity for his own. The hits may sound exciting, but they are at most clear-cut decent dance charting singles that most clubs play at the wrong end of the night. Yes, you can say fanbase, but what fanbase is really dedicated to old hits when you're spark for invention is already gone?
Next thing off the top of my list is the way Can't Believe It surrounds itself in: butts. The labeling to the video to the almost utter trash of the lyrics, it's all consigned to speaking about round butts to the way it bounces. Even an unnecessary 'bubble young bum, badum bum badum' as the revolver or nucleus for the track, stands out but is pretty much one of the two things that is a big positive out of this track. The other being the bass and beats, sampled from Infinity by Infinity Ink. The original at least has effort written into it's lyrics, while Flo Rida just pumps iron with same casual effort into the lyrics and poses it with a Britney Spears reference. Flo Rida has turned from a hip-hop experimentalist, to just being downright any other mainstream recording artist.
I can't believe it
So let's talk about Pitbull, which I have to say surprised me as he didn't scream 'Mr Worldwide' or 'Mr 305', both of which signals that he's coming on with his verse. What's so good about this verse that just leaves me with an impression that's inviting yet equally disturbed, is the Michael Jackson reference. Really? Although it's read as a metaphor, however, things start getting to a halt and Pitbull brings in his Latin slang, in which doesn't feel satisfying nor generally great. This is what happens to all Pitbull features (mostly), and this happens to be no less.
Daunting lyrics, poor performance and mediocre track presence. Does it still make sense if there were no features at all?
She got that ba-donka-donka-donk-donk
ORIGINALITY: 6/10 - Infinity is still a better record than this. House music doesn't need to be degraded, and so does hip-hop.
SOUND: 7/10 - A catchy hook and an intimidating bass doesn't leave you breathless. It just opens up for one more play before it dies down once again.
LYRICS: 6/10 - Both artists are bluffing their way through the track. The lyrics don't even matter in this context.
OVERALL: 19/30 - The track serves it's purpose for what it's worth. Otherwise, a good bass and decent lyrics can't ever be jaw-dropping, at most a decent airplay track that will once again gain popularity due to it's persuasiveness in it's chorus and becomes a hit once more. It's mediocre effort as said, and there's nothing more to add.
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