Pitbull Featuring Pharrell - Blanco

August 02, 2012 Critic Jonni 0 Comments

Continuing my Collaboration Special, Pharrell collaborates with Pitbull. Pharrell, real name Pharrell Williams, keeps out of the limelight a lot which is quite different as artists tend to try and be well-known, however he is one who stays back and although he is well-known it takes a while for people to recognise the name. He was also a member of the band N.E.R.D. in which they have had a lot of high charting singles. Pitbull, on the other hand, is the total opposite, a lot of people know who he is and he is definitely going to attempt to keep his celebrity lifestyle. His real name is Armando Pérez, he came up with Pitbull because his life has been difficult and a constant fight, much like a pitbull dog's life.

"Blanco" is a song written for the Fast & Furious soundtrack. It was written by Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, Armando Pérez, Valentino Khan and Maxine Ashley. Pharrell and Chad are also known as the duo "The Neptunes" who have produced and co-written a lot of well-known songs. However personally I think this song isn't quite right at all, it doesn't stick in my head, and it's over the top for Fast & Furious. Not only that but they keep the song in Spanish, making it difficult for us to work out the lyrics until we translate them and get a shocked surprise.

This music video is not a performance piece, it is not a narrative piece, and there are very little scenes from Fast & Furious so I wouldn't even call it a soundtrack piece. If this was for the film Cloverfield I could understand the use of the camera, or the more recent film Chronicle, but the use of the camera is just absurd and doesn't link in with anything at all.

I don't like this video, I don't exactly know how to word this, but why does it show half-naked girls? I don't quite know why they decided to do it, I don't see the link in with Fast & Furious and it's not boiling hot otherwise others would have done the same, personally there's no need for it, and this video could've been amazing with the use of a narrative storyline to fit in with the cut-scenes from Fast & Furious. This seems rushed, out of control and not that great to watch.

Overall I dislike the song, and I really don't like the translated verses. It's accompanying music video does link in with the song, but that is all it does, it fails to link in with the film that this is a soundtrack to, and it also fails to interest the people watching, furthermore there is no need for the use of the camera as it has nothing to do with the film or the song.