Pitbull grew up in Miami and was raised only by his mother as his parents got divorce when he was just a kid. However, after being kicked out of his house by his mother because of his involvement in drug dealing business, he spent his life with a foster family in Roswell, Georgia.
Pitbull began rapping at a very young age, drawing influences from the likes of Nas, Notorious B.I.G. and Big Pun. After graduating from Coral Park High School, he decided not to continue his study to college. Instead, he focused on his rapping career. In 2002, he was tapped as a featured guest in Lil Jon and East Side Boyz' album "Kings of Crunk". The next year, he scored music called "Oye" for movie "2 Fast 2 Furious".
Pitbull released his debut album "M.I.A.M.I." under TVT Records in 2004. The title of the record is an acronym for Money Is a Major Issue. Having Fat Joe, Trick Daddy and Lil Jon as collaborators, he reached number 14 on Billboard Hot 200. Singles from the effort included "Culo" and "Toma".
Following the success of "M.I.A.M.I", Pitbull became the most-wanted collaborator for other Hip-Hop artists. He was signed to join Anger Management Tour which was headlined by Eminem and 50 Cent. He also lent his vocal to several singles from such big stars as Ying Yang Twins, Twista and Wyclef Jean.
Two years after the arrival of his first album, Pitbull came out with his sophomore set "El Mariel". The title of the album referred to the boat that transported Cuban refugees to Florida in the movie "Scarface". He dedicated this record to his father, who died that year in May. With this studio project, he peaked at number 2 on Billboard Hot Rap Albums chart and at number 1 on Independent chart. As for Billboard Hot 200, he managed to climb to number 17.
Pitbull's third studio effort "The Boatlift" was put out in 2007. Though having a bunch of contributors such as Trina, Jim Jones and Lloyd, this album failed to rank in the top 20 of Billboard Hot 200. It only debuted at number 50 on the chart, selling 22,203 copies in its first week, far below expectations. In its second week, it added 9,686 copies and dropped to number 134 on the chart.
On August 31 2009, Pitbull returned with "Rebelution". Two of its singles reached top
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Pitbull: Biography of the Cuban-American Rapper
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Born January 15th, 1981 in Miami, Florida, Pitbull was born to Cuban parents and started rapping as a teen. He began appearing on other hip hop artists' albums and released his top twenty debut in 2004. His early solo success was increased by his collaborations with other acts. The rapper soon became known for mixing his Latin flavor with hip hop and dance music. In 2011, Pitbull reached the top ten with his album "Planet Pit" and had his first number one single. In this WatchMojo.com video, we take a look at the life and career of Pitbull.
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Armando Christian Pérez was born January 15th, 1981 in Miami, Florida to Cuban immigrant parents. His parents split when he was young, and as a result, he was brought up by his mother and spent time with a foster family. During his teenage years, he began rapping and started dealing drugs.
After high school, he became more involved in the hip hop scene and appeared on several mixtapes. Also around this time, he adopted the moniker Pitbull. In 2001, he signed with Luke Records, and appeared on an album by the label’s founder, Luther Campbell, called Somethin’ Nasty.
But the record deal soon ended. Fortunately, he had been introduced to Lil Jon, and he gave Pitbull the chance to show off his free-styling skills on the 2002 record Kings of Crunk.
After contributing to the “2 Fast 2 Furious” movie soundtrack, Pitbull dropped his full-length debut in 2004. M.I.A.M.I. was a crunk and reggaeton disc released via TVT Records that charted within the top twenty of the Billboard 200. Lil Jon co-produced the album, and appeared on its first single: “Culo.”
Pitbull soon began touring and teaming up with other artists. Most notably, he joined the Anger Management Tour alongside Lil Jon and Eminem. His raps were also featured on albums by the Ying Yang Twins and Twista. 2005 saw the release of the remix album Money Is Still a Major Issue. That same year, Slip-N-Slide Records dropped Welcome to the 305, which was an album Pitbull had recorded with the label in 2001.
Pitbull’s sophomore effort was 2006’s El Mariel. Musically, the CD was similar to his first album. Lyrically, Pitbull’s typical songs about women and partying were present but so were some politically-minded tunes. It charted within the Billboard 200’s top twenty and yielded several singles. That same year, a Spanish version of the disc was released. Pitbull also continued to record with other acts.
Television and Third Record
In 2007, he premiered the reality series “Pitbull’s La Esquina” and released The Boatlift. That record featured collaborations with numerous performers and spawned singles like “Go Girl” and “The Anthem.”
“Rebelution”Pitbull had his most successful effort yet with 2009’s Rebelution, which was released via Ultra Records. The record mixed hip hop and dance music and charted within the Billboard 200 top ten. It generated several charting singles, including the sample-heavy “Hotel Room Service.” But Rebelution’s highest charting track was “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” which hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and the top ten of many other charts worldwide.
Pitbull brought his Latin flavour and raucous live shows to tour dates across the globe. Also in 2009, Pitbull signed with Polo Grounds Music and was given the Key to the City of Miami.
Successful Guest Appearances
The next year, Pitbull once again guested on numerous tracks. In particular, he lent his vocals to Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It” and Usher’s “DJ Got US Fallin’ In Love,” and these songs proved very successful for their respective artists.
All-Spanish Language Album
A few months later, the all-Spanish Armando came out. The effort comprised the single “Bon, Bon” and earned Pitbull several nominations at the Latin Billboard Awards.
First Number One Single
Planet Pit arrived in 2011. The disc was a combination of raps and beats with Latin influences, as well as genres like hip hop, dancehall and electronic music. The top ten album contained musical collaborations with Marc Anthony, Chris Brown, T-Pain and more. It also produced Pitbull’s first number one on the Billboard Hot 100: “Give Me Everything.”
That same year, Pitbull appeared on several songs by other acts, including Enrique Iglesias and Shakira. His most successful was the number three single “On the Floor” by Jennifer Lopez.