I don't frequent nightclubs where white people are in charge of the music. That's just common sense. But sometimes I'll slide through a house party, and Flo Rida's all up in the playlist, and I just have to deal, because hospitality and whatnot.
Secretly, in fact, I kinda sorta enjoy Pop Rap, a.k.a. Poprap, a.k.a. Ke$ha Collaboration Rap, in the spirit that I'll occasionally binge pre-packaged mac and cheese, even though my mom's shit is better.
Poprap, in my definitive summation, is the sort of so-called rap that you could play around (1) an 18-year-old prospective Duke undergrad wearing starched khakis and (2) his mother. Poprap pioneers include MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice; its contemporary stars being Pitbull and, as we've previously discussed, the homie Flo Rida. Ludacris drops the n-bomb too often to count as poprap, even after making the cut for Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder soundtrack with "Get Back," which is one hell of a latter-day Ludacris smash. FYI, the Black Eyed Peas are the greatest poprap group of all time.
The castrated bravado and budget consumerist ecstasy of poprap makes it a tough subgenre to love, but sometimes bass, dexterous vocals, a charismatic hook, and treble rapture—it's all you need to turn up on the cheap, one of those evenings by which you find yourself preferring Fireball shots to Ciroc. Who gives a shit about songwriting when you're chiefly out prowling for PYTs and begging for a hangover? Sometimes Pitbull f/ Ke$ha is sufficient.
I have blacked out to nearly every one of the songs in this playlist, streaming below.
1. Pitbull “Global Warming” f/ Sensato
2. Fergie “Glamorous” f/ Ludacris
3. Flo Rida “Jump” f/ Nelly Furtado
4. The Black Eyed Peas “Hey Mama”
5. Pitbull “I’m Off That”
6. Will Smith “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”
7. Gorillaz “Feel Good Inc”
8. Flo Rida “Don’t Know How to Act” f/ Yung Joc
9. Sean Kingston “Beat It” f/ Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa
10. Pitbull “Party Ain’t Over” f/ Usher, Afrojack
11. Pitbull “Timber” f/ Ke$ha
12. Nicki Minaj “Super Bass”
13. Lupe Fiasco “The Show Goes On”