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Pitbull @ Shoreline Amphitheatre 

Wednesday, Jul 6 2016
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If you're going to Miami any time soon, here are some tips from the one time I visited: Bring sunscreen, don't swim too far out in the ocean lest you risk getting stung or bitten, drink as many Cuban coffees as possible, and bring earplugs, because Pitbull's music will be playing everywhere. If you like the Latin rapper, though, you're in luck. Pitbull, who was born in Miami and raised by Cuban expatriates, loves his hometown: His 2004 debut album is named after it. And Miami loves Pitbull: In 2015, Mayor Tomas Regalado gave him the keys to the city and Gov. Rick Scott named him the "Florida Ambassador of the Arts." As for why Pitbull is so damn popular down South, well, that's easy to explain. His Latin roots and Spanish-sprinkled songs appeal to Miami's largely Hispanic population, and the overall liveliness and energy of his music also makes for a perfect soundtrack for a city famous for clubbing and partying. He's also great at genre-melding, fusing hints of reggaeton and soca with hip-hop and bubblegum pop to create a unique sound entirely his own. So if you don't feel like inadvertently learning the lyrics to an entire Pitbull song — or two — during your vacation, take my advice and pack something to dam up those earholes.

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