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Pitbull and Ke$ha North American Tour

Pitbull and Ke$ha North American Tour

 

Summer's start is officially three days away, but Pitbull and Ke$ha get an early start tonight at the Bowl. At the outset of Pitbull's 2012 album, Global Warning, it sounds like the Florida rapper is about to weigh in heavily on the state of the universe, as he disses rappers who falsely brag about selling drugs and announces that he's "Mr. Worldwide." But within a few moments, on the aptly titled "Don't Stop the Party," he's more socially concerned about "running through the world like a running back" and bragging about the big crowds he attracts everywhere he goes. And, as at any large, out-of-control party, faces come and go. This rager includes Christina Aguilera, Sensato, Enrique Iglesias and J.Lo, making for a blurry montage of glitzy, high-energy randomness, with a long sample of Mickey & Sylvia making more of an impact than most of the original tunes. Ke$ha certainly knows how to party, but she's far from some brainless escapist. Her songs range from brassily mournful dance-pop ("Last Goodbye") and sleekly spacey pop ("Love Into the Light") to much more bizarre experiments, such as her collaborations with Iggy Pop and her upcoming album with The Flaming Lips.