Pitbull (rapper): The Cuban-American Rap Superstar


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Pitbull is one of the most popular rappers and music arrangers in recent memory. Pitbull’s songs usually carry a very fun vibe, making them extremely enjoyable. 

Here Are Some Interesting Facts About Pitbull

Pitbull was musically inclined from a very young age

Pitbull (real name Armando Christian Perez) was born on January 15, 1981. The creative activity of the future musician made itself felt early – already at the age of three, little Armando was reciting with might and main the lyrical works of the Cuban writer and poet José Julian Martí y Perez. Later, the boy became interested in the music of Willie Chirino and Cecilia Cruz and also became addicted to rap.

Pitbull was raised by his mother

Pitbull was still a child when his parents separated. He stayed to live with his mother. He resumed his relationship with his father at a more mature age.

Before becoming a world-famous rapper, Perez graduated from South Miami Senior School and Miami Coral Park High School. For some time he lived in Roswell (USA, Georgia).

Pitbull was expelled from high school for selling drugs

As a high school student, Pitbull began to sell drugs, for which he was expelled. When the guy’s mother found out about this, she kicked him out of the house, saying that it was because of drugs that she separated from his father. Later, relations with his mother were improved, but at that time the minor Pitbull ended up in a foster family, whom he thanks to this day.

Pitbull signed his first recording deal with Luke Records

Perez took his first steps in the musical field back in 2000. However, the real start for the musician was in 2002 – by that time Armando already had a signed contract with the recording studio Luke Records, where he was assigned by the vice president of the label Jullian Booth, and Robert Fernandez from Famous Artists Musics & Management took up the promotion of Pitbull.

His promoters polished Pitbull’s raw skills

Fernandez discerned a creative impulse and a passionate desire to be heard in the twenty-year-old guy. However, Robert also saw Pitbull’s weaknesses. He said: “Pitbull wrote verses that were too long. To make them more memorable and suitable for musical standards, we had to cut them down.”

Pitbull got his big break with Lil Jon

In 2002, Fernandez brought the aspiring rapper together with John Mortimer Smith, better known as Lil Jon. Smith was well known to the audience, and was also working on a new album – what better way to promote a new artist than to collaborate with an already established one? This is how the features of performers Lil Jon and Pitbull appeared in the album Kings of Crunk.

Pitbull’s track appeared on 2 Fast 2 Furious

The joint work produced the expected results. The very next year, Pitbull was offered money to use his composition in John Singleton’s film 2 Fast 2 Furious. Later, the producers of the Fast and the Furious franchise again approached the musician for songs to use as soundtracks for films.

Pitbull’s debut album was released in 2004

In 2004, the artist’s first studio album, called MIAMI, was released. Pitbull’s debut took 14th place on the Billboard 200 chart and 11th on the Hot Rap Track. Guest performers included Lil Jon, Oobie, Cubo, Fat Joe, Sean Paul, and Trick Daddy. The success of the compositions Culo and Dammit Man allowed Armando to join the concert tour of rappers Eminem and 50 Cent Anger Management Tour.

In November of the following year, a remix album was released, on which, in addition to the guests of the first album, Ivy Queen and Daddy Yankee appeared.

Pitbull launched his record label in 2005

Pitbull also remembers 2005 for two other events – a lawsuit over the rights to release an album between the artist’s former label and his current label, as well as the launch of the Bad Boy Latino label, which was founded by Pitbull together with Sean Combs, better known as Puff Daddy – director of Bad Boy Entertainment.

Pitbull gave his voice in a video game

In 2006, Pitbull took part in the voice acting of the game “Scarface: The World Is Yours.” Also this year, active collaborations began with southern performers such as Wyclef Jean, Olga Tañon, Dj Khaled, and the Terror Squad group.

Pitbull’s father died before the release of his second album

The fun and positivity of the work were interrupted by the death of Pitbull’s father, which also happened in 2006. Pitbull dedicated his second studio album El Mariel to his deceased parent. The next album was released on November 27, 2007 – it included solo tracks by Pitbull, as well as collaborations with Twista, Lloyd, Don Omar, and Jason Derulo.

The fourth album of the musician Pitbull starring in Rebel was released on August 28, 2009. In addition to duets with old acquaintances, Pitbull recorded joint compositions with Akon, Dr. Luke, Nayer, and Avery Storm. The main hit of the album was the song I Know You Want Me. Reggae group Rebel filed a lawsuit against the musician, claiming that he used their name to promote his album, but the lawsuit was dismissed.

Pitbull has the key to Miami

On November 19, 2009, the city of Miami awarded the musician the key to the city. The following year was marked by a charity performance in Haiti and the release of his first Spanish-language album, for which Pitbull received 7 Billboard Latin Music Awards nominations. 

Pitbull released a mega hit with Jennifer Lopez

On May 3, 2011, Jennifer Lopez’s seventh studio album was released. Pitbull was also among the guests. The collaboration between JLo and Pitbull On the Floor became an instant hit.

A month later, Pitbull himself released an album, calling it Planet Pit. The hits of this album were the songs Rain Over Me, Hey Baby, and Give Me Everything. Pitbull’s next album was released on November 19, 2012, and was called Global Warming. The most popular Global Warming compositions were collaborations with Shakira and Christina Aguilera – Get it Started and Feel This Moment, respectively. The album also included the song Back in Time, which became the soundtrack of the film Men in Black 3.

Pitbull feuded with Lil Wayne in 2013

2013 will be remembered by fans of the musician for Pitbull’s conflict with Lil Wayne and Pitbull’s participation in the voice acting of Chris Wedge’s cartoon “Epic.” Also that year, Pitbull embarked on a North American Tour with singer Kesha Rose Sebert, appeared as a judge on the American music television show The Voice, and released an EP called Meltdown. 

Pitbull has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

In 2014, at the opening of the FIFA World Cup, he performed the song “We Are One” with Claudia Leitte and Jennifer Lopez. In July of the same year, he received a personal star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in November he released the album Globalization, the main hit of which was the track Fun, recorded together with Chris Brown.

In 2015, Pitbull released his second Spanish-language album, Dale (for which Pitbull received a Latin Grammy Award). He also appeared on television, starring in the Danny Strong and Lee Daniels series Empire.

Pitbull keeps his personal life away from the public eye

The performer’s personal life is shrouded in secrecy. It is not known for sure whether Pitbull is married or has children. Pitbull does his best to maintain the image of a hot macho and alpha male: at every event where the musician appears, he is accompanied by different girls who are usually paid models.


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