Coming back at you straight from “the 305” or “the Bottom” (as many in Miami, Florida, refer to it), and fresh from his live performance on stage at the most recent Lowrider Magazine Super Show, rap superstar MC Pitbull is back with his third full-length studio album, the Boatlift, on tVt records. this star-studded showcase features appearances by Jim Jones, Lloyd, Don Omar, trina and many others, as well as production from Play-N-Skillz, Lil’ Jon, Mr. Collipark and echo.

The Boatlift includes the single “Secret admirer” featuring r&B sensation Lloyd. the video for the single was directed by up-and-coming director David russeau and features cameos from Fat Joe and Steven Bauer, who starred as Manolo ribera in the classic film Scarface. Other standout tracks include “tell Me,” featuring Frankie J and Ken-Y, and “Go Girl” with trina and Young Boss.

The new CD continues Pitbull’s string of hit CDs, following his strong 2004 debut M.I.a.M.I. (Money Is a Major Issue) and his 2006 sophomore effort el Mariel, which contained radio and club hits like “Bojangles” and “ay Chico.” The diverse new collection is the “next step” for the maturing Pitbull and includes r&B-influenced numbers, techno/dance-inspired tracks, and mainstream pop. Pitbull still knows how to spit a rhyme to rival anyone in the hip-hop game, as well as get your ass moving on the dance floor, and he continues to deliver lyrics with real (pardon the expression) “bite.”

In fact, the title has special meaning to Pitbull, the son of Cuban immigrants and who was raised by a single mother in Miami. “Most immigrants who came to this country came through some type of boatlift,” he says. “this is my way of taking everybody on a ride through my eyes; this is my boatlift, my way of bringing them to freedom through the universal language of music.”

The Boatlift is the best Pitbull yet, mixing the lyrically dexterous sounds of his debut with the more mature world influences of the follow-up. Several tracks on the CD contain a spicy Caribbean vibe, yet “Mr. 305” made sure that other tracks would be hard enough for his old neighborhood in Miami.

Pitbull is proud of his latest production. “the Boatlift means so much to me,” he admits. “there are so many ways that you can spin it, but the bottom line is that it’s just my way of taking you on a ride with me in my world and trying to make you understand it. Now let’s ride!”