Armando Christian Pérez, better known by his stage name Pitbull, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter and record producer.
His first recorded performance was from the Lil Jon album Kings of Crunk in 2002, after which he released his debut album in In 2001, Pitbull was signed to Luther Campbell's Luke Records by Jullian Boothe, then the label's vice-president of A&R.
Fernandez later told Hit Quarters: "At that time his music had a lot of verses and took a long time to get into the hook, and so we took time in getting the songs catchier and less on the rap side." Fernandez introduced Pitbull to Lil Jon with a mind to trying to secure the rapper a small guest intro spot on Lil Jon's upcoming album "Kings of Crunk".According to Fernandez, Jon took a liking to Pérez and went one better by offering him his own track on the album called "Pitbull's Cuban Ride Out", a feature that would help raise the young rapper's profile.Read Less Pitbull was born to Cuban expatriates in Miami, Florida.When he was 3, he could recite the works of Cuba's national hero and poet, José Martí.He was influenced by the Miami bass genre of pop music and has cited Celia Cruz and Willy Chirino as sources of inspiration for his music. Read Less Pitbull's song "Oye" was featured on the soundtrack to the film 2 Fast 2 Furious the following year. (short for Money Is A Major Issue), under TVT Records; the album included production from high-profile producers Lil Jon and Jim Jonsin. Read More Pitbull later released his second album El Mariel, in 2006 and his third, The Boatlift, in 2007.
Pérez's parents separated when he was young, and he was raised by his mother; he later spent time with a foster family in Roswell, Georgia. In addition, Pitbull also released several mixtapes, composed of freestyles and remixes of popular rap music. His fourth album, Rebelution (2009), included the hit single "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)", which was his first internationally popular song, and ultimately peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
He attended South Miami Senior High School before graduating from Miami Coral Park High School and focused his career on rapping. Campbell featured Pitbull in his single, "Lollipop". Pitbull's 2011 album Planet Pit, featured the single "Give Me Everything", which was his first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.
He said he chose his stage name because pitbulls "bite to lock. Read Less In 2004, Pitbull released his debut album titled M. The song reached number one worldwide and featured fellow artists Ne-Yo, Nayer and Afrojack.
Pitbull also released "Timber" in October 2013 from his EP album Meltdown and was a global hit, reaching number one in many countries and making it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart for a total of 20 number-one positions worldwide.
The song has charted worldwide making it his second one to do so. Other singles included "Dammit Man", "Back Up", "Toma", and "That's Nasty" (both featuring Lil Jon).
He performed the song in different award show including the 2013 American Music Awards, in which he was the host. He joined the Anger Management Tour, the 2000 hip-hop concert tour headlined by Eminem and 50 Cent.