Feeling Great at the End of the I Feel Good Tour, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, and DJ Laz Get Steamy in Tampa

By on October 15, 2021
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Tampa has become synonymous with winning this year, and Pitbull ending his I Feel Good tour with Iggy Azalea and DJ Laz at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater was the trophy presentation for Latin-inspired pop music in 2021. These artists have been largely influential in one form or another, and for Pitbull, this is a way to bring things full circle.

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DJ Laz is a Miami-based DJ that gave Pitbull his first chance to really get in on a record. This willingness to showcase new artists was nothing new for the DJ, and as Pitbull is his nephew it was a natural fit for him to get Pitbull’s name out there, and he never forgot it. As DJ Laz opened the night as people filtered in, he got people going with an infusion of ‘old school’ and current hip hop, r&b, and rap. 

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House of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ is a favorite at most stadiums but this tune is guaranteed to get the Tampa faithful going. Reminding people that we don’t need to know Spanish to party, he blasted out ‘Pepas’ by Farruko; the #1 hit in the world right now. With a very quick break down Iggy Azalea was next to take the stage. 

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Iggy has been coming off a tumultuous year and is taking a hiatus from music after this tour’s ending, and the relief of knowing this was coming was evident on her face at the end of her set. However from beginning to end, she made certain to drive home one point above all else; her voluptuous ass is real, and it has the bounce and textures to prove it!!

Even in her skintight catsuit and over thong it was showcased most of the night. As she danced and paraded around in front of the video screen, and she and her backup dancers put on a show for all in attendance. “It feels so good to be out here after being away for so long!!” she exclaimed at one point. To a roar from the crowd. 

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As the set went on she reminded people, “Fuck being silly!! Fuck wondering if people are looking at you!! You guys deserve to have a good time!! Can I get an ‘I feel good’??” To which the audience roared back ‘I FEEL GOOD!!!’ at the tops of their lungs. By the 9th song of her 14-song set, she exclaimed “Bitch, I’m tired!!” before taking a swig of her water and raising a glass in cheers with everyone in the audience.

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With a mix of songs from her catalog including ‘Work’, ‘I am The Stripclub’, ‘Black Widow’ (her most popular; song), ‘Kreme’, a cover of Britney Spears’ ‘Pretty Girls’, and ‘Fancy’ she had some tracks from a wide span of her career. While paying homage to Pitbull and his trademark shiny head, she encouraged the audience to give a resounding ‘PITBULL!!!’ shout for him to hear in the back, and boy did they comply!!

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DJ Laz returned for a second set as they got the stage ready for Pitbull to come out. In an extended set, he was in full engagement mode. Having the audience shine their cellphone lights during a mix of ‘I Just Want to Feel The Love’ and ‘Love Somebody’ and exclaimed “You guys have no idea how beautiful that sight is!!!” which prompted even more light to go up. 

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With a surprising mix of hits being played, this time he tossed in ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ and other rock favorites while telling people ‘That’s why I’m a DJ from Miami; I play songs for everybody!!” and boy did he. With 15 minutes left before Pitbull hit the stage, DJ Laz had everyone on their feet for his arrival while playing “Baila Conmigo” by Dayvi and kept them there till it was time.

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Coming off his high rise under a curtain of blinding white lights, Pitbull emerged to a crowd of rowdy fans. Surrounded by dancers in various skimpy outfits, and accompanied by a full band, Pitbull brought the showmanship of a Vegas strip show on tour with him and didn’t miss a beat. Opening with “Don’t Stop the Party”, his energy was infectious as he danced and rapped/sang across the stage. 

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Thanking the fans in attendance, he reminded everyone that It’s no longer Tampa Bay, but rather Champa Bay!! Who came to party??” This of course got people to go absolutely nuts to and elicited small chants and screams. Rotating right into “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)” he kept the energy hyped up, and got the people dancing and waving their hands.

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The Pitbull look a likes were all over the crowd, and many had worked their way towards the isles and the front of the stage while dancing. As the bassist, Leo Brooks, and the unnamed Guitar/saxophone player played together while staring deeply at one another. It was clear that the bond these two have musically is incredibly deep. 

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“Hotel Room Service” and “Rain Over Me” elicited some of the loudest reactions of the night, complete with the return of the sax and some incredibly soulful screams. The passion this man put into his performances is nothing short of legendary. As the concert rolled on I looked around a bit more to get an idea of the makeup of the 20k+ in attendance.

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I saw people who looked barely teenagers to literal senior citizens dancing away and taking it all in. From people in suits with the ties taken off to grandma in her class long dress to teens in barely there tops and shorts, people of all backgrounds and walks of life were there and a part of this celebration.

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This mixture of people was kind of like a U.N. and Pitbull’s own group of touring musicians and dancers are a part of that diversity as well. Taking the time to recognize each one and their different ethnic backgrounds, and made him flashback to his recent comments in Cali. He clarified that America needs to come together and people who don’t want to can go back where they came from. Bouncing around tracks like ‘Shake’, ‘Culo’, and ‘I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)’ Pitbull made sure he got in a lot of his fan-favorite tracks, passed along messages of support, and showed the crowd a lot of action.

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His inclusion of 80s music, the love he shows his fans, and the touring band is nothing less than astonishing from a pop artist. He took the time to give Leo Brooks a special shout-out, as Leo is leaving to pursue a career in country music. From his style to his bass playing to his voice, this man is ready for The Grand Ole Opry!!

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Pitbull also supports Miami area schools and brings people he has helped out on tour. People like Sergio aka Zeku; one of the best breakdancers in the nation. This level of inclusion is simply stunning, and has helped propel Pitbull to the top, and allowed him to stay there. This tour may have come to an end, but you can rest assured he has plenty of gas in the tank, and as Pitbull would tell you ‘Dale!!!’

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