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Mr. 305 Performs in the 813

By Alex Butler

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, Pitbull performed at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater for the last show of his “I Feel Good” Tour.

“All of these songs sound exactly like my middle school iPod shuffle,” said Drew McDougall, junior entrepreneurship major. 

Opening for Pitbull was Iggy Azalea, who sang her hit song “Fancy”. Soon after, Pitbull began his own performance with his 2012 song, “Don’t Stop the Party,” which has over 110 million streams on Spotify. 

The Miami born rapper chose to fill the set list primarily with his older hits, including his 2013 release, “Timber,” and “Time of Our Lives,” which was released in 2014. Other crowd favorites included his collaboration with Christina Aguilera, “Feel this Moment,” and “International Love,” which features Chris Brown. 

“It was so cool to be around a group of people who grew up listening to those same songs,” said Grace Iverson, junior environmental science major. “You’re in this concert of thousands of people and you’re all just dancing and are united over that, it’s so human and real.”

The energy of the entire concert was equivalent to being in a club in Miami, including everything from the intoxicated girls being escorted out on wheelchairs to Pitbull’s six backup dancers who call themselves “The Most Bad Ones” on Instagram. 

As the tour was called the “I Feel Good” Tour, Pitbull appropriately sang his 2021 release, “I Feel Good” in the middle of the show. 

Though the new song didn’t seem to gain as much applause from the fans, it still had the crowd on their feet. 

“If you don’t feel good you probably haven’t been to a Pitbull concert yet,” said McDougall.  

Other fans chose to show their appreciation for the rapper by dressing up as him for the show. In the far-left section of the amphitheater alone, there were six Pitbull look-alikes dressed in bald caps, sunglasses, and white suits. To complete the looks, three of the dressed-up fans also drew on facial hair.  

Taking a break from his own music, Pitbull played a mix of other genres and artists. These included “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses and songs by Bon Jovi. 

Towards the end of the show, the rapper chose to take the time to wish one of his dancers happy birthday, bring out one of his high school friends to perform, and thank Azalea for her opening performance. 

“There’s a lot of people that have turned their back on me in the music industry,” said Azalea. “But he [Pitbull] is a real one, he has always been there to support me, and this is one of the best tours I’ve been on.” 

After Azalea’s statement, Pitbull took off his classic sunglasses and smiled at the crowd. 

“He’s just so nice,” said Iverson. “You can tell he’s so genuine and happy to be here to have a good time with everyone.”

To finish out the concert, Pitbull played his hit 2011 song, “Give Me Everything,” which has over 540 million streams on Spotify. 

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