Friday, Oct. 21 – Pitbull
Miami rapper Pitbull is in a unique zone right now: The Cuban-American pop Midas dominated this summer with his gravelly snarl. Whether providing a gruff counterbalance to otherwise edgeless Latin/R&B starlets (see: Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor,” Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It,” Usher’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” – remarkably, all were Billboard Top 5 singles) or scoring his own Top 10 album with June’s Planet Pit, which featured even more inescapable dance-floor gems like “Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)” and the Marc Anthony-assisted “Rain Over Me,” Pitbull has become as era-defining as Sean Paul’s reggaeton was from 2002-2005. Still, nothing he’s turned to gold lately has approached the kismet of his collaboration with R&B smashmaker Ne-Yo, “Give Me Everything.” There isn’t a soul on Earth who can sit still when Ne-Yo sings “Grab somebody sexy, tell ’em ‘hey’” as that ground-shaking house beat kicks in, setting the stage for Pitbull’s captivating verses. (In the case of this track, those rhymes may have been too hot for some to handle: The rapper’s bon mot, “got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan” resulted in a lawsuit from the actress.) His is the kind of music that, decades from now, will take you right back to what you’re doing at this moment. – Justin Strout (with Enrique Iglesias, Prince Royce; 7 p.m. at Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; $18.50-$87.50; 800-745-3000; amwaycenter.com)
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