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Who is Pitbull?

Armando Christian Pérez, popularly known by his stage name Pitbull, is an illustrious American singer cum rapper, who hails from Miami, Florida, USA. Of all the success and fame he enjoys and relishes today, his childhood was just the contrary. His parents, emigrants from Cuba, split up when he was just a toddler and hence he was solely raised by his mother and later on by a foster family from Roswell, Georgia when his mother kicked him out on finding out that he had started peddling drugs just like his father. If not for his parents insistence on being in contact with his Cuban roots, he wouldn't have heard of Jose Marti—the Cuban national hero and poet—at the age of three, and would have never found the effectiveness and capacity of simple word power. After completing his graduation, he immediately set focus on his music. He was particularly influenced by Celia Cruz and Willy Chirino and drawn to Miami Bass genre of pop music called Crunk. Lil Jon, accepted as the master of Crunk, launched him in the album 'Kings of Crunk' in 2002. An international star in the true sense, he's worked alongside Lil Jon, Eminem, 50 Cent, Afrojack, NeYo, Ying Yang Twins, Twista, Adassa, JLo, etc.


Lil Jon, already an accomplished singer, gave Pitbull his first rapping break in his 2002 album, 'Kings of Crunk'.

In 2004, came out ‘M.I.A.M.I. (Money Is A Major Issue)’, his first solo album with TVT Records, and Lil Jon and Jim Jonsin as the producers. Some chart topping tracks from the album are: “Culo”, “Dammit Man”, ‘Back Up”, “Toma” and “That's Nasty”.

A remixed version of M.I.A.M.I. came out in 2005, named 'Money Is Still A Major Issue' with just one new track “Everybody Get Up”, featuring Pretty Ricky.

On October 31, 2006 came out his second album ‘El Mariel’. This is the same boat that was mentioned in the Al Pacino Epic 'Scarface'. Also, he dedicated this album to his father, who had passed away in May the very same year. Some chart topping tracks from the album are: “Bojangles”, “Ay Chico”, “Fuego” and “Dime”.

In November 2007, came out his third album ‘The Boatlift'. Some famous singles and collaborations in the album are: “Secret Admirer” with Lloyd, “Go Girl” with Trina, “The Anthem” with Lil Jon and “El Africano” with Wilfrido Vargas.

In 2009, he teamed up with Ultra Records, after his older label TVT Records, went out of business, for his fourth album, ‘Rebelution’. Some famous tracks from the album are: “I Know You Want Me”, “Hotel Room Service”, “Shooting Star” and “Blanco”.

In 2010, he did several collaborations. Noteworthy amongst them being, “Somos El Mundo” (We Are The World) with Emilio and Gloria Estefan. “Heart, Beat, Love” with Janet Jackson. “Armada Latin” in the album ‘Rise Up’ with Cypress Hill (Latin rap legend), “All Night Long” with Alexandra Burke, and “DJ Got Us Fallin in Love" with 'Usher'.

On November 2, 2010 came out his fifth album, ‘Armando’. This was his debut Spanish-language album.

In April, 2011, he featured in two singles with Jennifer Lopez in her album 'Love?'; they are: “Fresh Out The Oven” and “On The Floor”.

On June 21, 2011 came out his sixth album titled ‘Planet Pit’. "Hey Baby", featuring T-Pain was the first single and was instantly a huge hit. “

On November 19, 2012 came his seventh album titled ‘Global Warming’ annotating the similarities between the two. The album featured singles such as, "Get It Started" with Shakira and "Feel This Moment" with Christina Aguilera. The second single “Back In Time” was for the hit movie franchise 'Men In Black 3 : Back In Time'.

In 2013, Pitbull released a Diss Track on Lil Wayne after the former spoke badly of him.

On November 25, 2013 came Global Warming's next extended play ‘Global Warming: Meltdown’ featuring Kesha, Kelly Rowland, Inna, Mohombi and Mayer Hawthorne. The most talked about single being "Timber".

On November 24, 2014 came his eight album, 'Globalization' and around the same time came tracks like "Wild, Wild Love", "Fireball" and "Time Of Our Lives"

For his constant grooving and pop tracks, he received humungous crowds for his concerts, which were 'Rebelution Tour'(2009-11), 'Planet Pit World Tour'(2012), 'North American Tour' (2013), 'Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias Tour'(2014) and finally 'Pitbull Live in Hong-Kong'(2015).


January 15, 1981
Pitbull was born in Miami Beach.


Further reading


Who is Pitbull? Everything You Need to Know


Documentaries, videos and podcasts


Havana Brown - We Run The Night ft. Pitbull (Explicit)

March 7, 2012

Pitbull - Back in Time (Official Video)

December 7, 2012

Pitbull - Bon, Bon (Official Video)

March 22, 2011

Pitbull - Don't Stop The Party ft. TJR

October 26, 2012

Pitbull - Fun (Official Video) ft. Chris Brown

June 19, 2015

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