Armando Christian Pérez was born January 15, 1981, known professionally by his stage name Pitbull, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, brand ambassador, businessman and philanthropist.
Pérez was born on January 15, 1981, in Miami, Florida. By the time he was 3 years old, he could recite the works of Cuba’s poet and national hero, José Martí, in Spanish.
Growing up, he was influenced by the Miami bass genre of pop music and has cited Celia Cruz and Willy Chirino as inspirations for his music.
His parents was separating when he was young and he was raised by his mother; Hewas later spending time with a foster family in Roswell, Georgia.
He was attending South Miami Senior High School before graduating from Miami Coral Park High School, where he was focusing his career on rapping.
He said he chose his stage name of Pitbull because dogs “bite to lock up. The dog is too stupid to lose. And they’re banned in Dade County. They’re basically everything I am. It’s been a constant fight.”
After meeting Lil Jon in Miami, he appeared on the Lil Jon and East Side Boyz album Kings of Crunk in 2002.
Pitbull song “Hey” appeared on the soundtrack of the 2 Fast 2 Furious movie the following year.
Additionally, he was releasing several mixtapes, made up of freestyles and remixes of popular rap music.
He was also working with Uncle Luke during his early career, appearing on Luke’s 2001 album Somethin’ Nasty, including the single “Lollipop” with Lil’ Zane.
In 2001, he was signed to Luther Campbell‘s Lucas records by Jullian Boothe, after the label’s vice president of A&R.
In 2001, Pitbull was introduced to Robert Fernandez of Famous Artist Music & Management, an independent label and management company specializing in artist development, by the Diaz brothers, a production duo signed to the company.
Fernandez “saw the enthusiasm and the hunger that he had” and, with the Luke Records deal ending, began working to develop Pitbull. Together they focused on creating a more radio-friendly sound.
Fernandez was later telling Hit Quarters: “At the time his music had a lot of verses and it took a long time to get into the hook, so we took the time to make the songs more catchy and less on the rap side.”
Fernandez introduced Pitbull to Lil Jon, hoping to secure the rapper a small guest spot on Lil Jon’s next album Kings of Crunk. According to Fernández, Jon liked Pérez and offered him a track from the album; It’s called “Cuban Pitbull Walk.” This track helped raise the profile of the young rapper.
In 2004, he released his debut album MIAMI , with the lead single “Ass” produced by Lil Jon and the Diaz brothers.
It reached number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 11 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. Other singles included “Dammit Man”, “Back Up”, “Toma”, and “That’s Nasty” (both featuring Lil Jon).
He joined the Anger Management Tour, the 2000 hip-hop concert tour headlined by Eminem and 50 Cent. Pitbull was also featured on Ying Yang Twins’ single “Shake”, which reached No. 41 on the Hot 100 and No. 12 on the rap chart, Adassa’s single “Kamasutra” & Twista’s Hit the Floor”.
It was released in November 2005; it featured the new track “Everybody Get Up“, a duet with hip-hop/R&B group Pretty Ricky.
TVT Records, Pitbull’s label at the time, and Slip-n-Slide Records disputed the release of Welcome to the 305 , an unreleased Slip-n-Slide album that he recorded in 2001.
A Miami judge ruled that Slip-n-Slide had the legal right to release the album as it was recorded when Pitbull was a Slip-N-Slide artist, and before he was signed to TVT Records.
A United States District Court judge further upheld the decision. TVT was ordered in March 2007 to pay Slip-n-Slide $9.1 million for attempting to block the album’s release at record stores and digital download entities.
In 2005, him and rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs co-founded Bad Boy Latino, a subsidiary of Combs’ label Bad Boy Records. It primarily focuses on Latin hip hop, Latin soul, Latin pop, and other tropical music and has offices in New York and Miami, Florida.
In addition to being a co-founder, Pérez currently runs the label’s A&R division.
Pitbull Impact And Activism
Determined to help the Latino community in his hometown, his social impact focus for the past decade has been on closing the poverty gap through educational initiatives.
He helped start a free public charter school for middle and high school called Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM!), which opened in 2013 in Miami’s Little Havana, the neighborhood where Pitbull grew up.
In response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria, he announced that he will use his private plane to bring cancer patients from Puerto Rico to the mainland United States for treatment.
On April 13, 2020, Pitbull released a single titled “I Think We Will Win (World Anthem)” (which samples the chant “I Think We Will Win!”) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The song inspires those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak to “face everything and rise up”.
On December 31, 2020, he was performing for a crowd of first responders in Times Square during the COVID-19 pandemic for the famous New Year’s Eve celebration.
Despite his early efforts against COVID-19, he later claimed that the virus is a conspiracy, calling it a “scam, plandemic”.
Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, and Claudia Leitte performed the song “We Are One” at the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony.
On February 25, 2014, hereleased a new single titled “Wild Wild Love” featuring American artist group GRL. It has peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On April 15, 2014, Pitbull released a single with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte called “We Are One” (Ole Ola) from the 2014 FIFA World Cup compilation album One Love, One Rhythm.
In May 2014, it was announced that Pitbull would host and co-produce a special live New Year’s Eve concert from Miami for Fox, Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution , on December 31, 2014.
On June 12, 2014, he performed at the São Paulo Arena as part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony. This performance saw him joined by Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte to perform the tournament’s official song “We Are One (Ole Ola)”.
In June 2014, it was announced that he would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On July 8, 2014, he was releasing a Spanish single titled “Como Yo Le Doy” featuring Don Miguelo.
On July 23, 2014, he was releasing another single titled “Fireball“, which features singer John Ryan produced by Honua Music. Around the same time, he was announcing his eighth studio album Globalization , which was released on November 21, 2014.
On October 18, 2014, he was releasing another single titled “Celebrate” which was included on the Penguins of Madagascar soundtrack and later included on the album Globalization .
Globalization was released along with the single “Time of Our Lives”, which was the first top ten hit since “Timber“, peaking at number 9 on the Hot 100. It also topped the Hot Dance Club Songs, Hot Rap Songs and Rhythmic.
On November 20, 2014, he was releasing another Spanish-language single titled “Piensas (Dile la Verdad)” featuring Gente de Zona.
On April 21, 2015, he was releasing his sixth single off the Globalization album titled “Fun” featuring Chris Brown and it peaked at number 40 on the Hot 100. On May 8, 2015, he was releasing a teaser video on Twitter for his upcoming second Spanish. studio album and ninth studio album overall titled Dale .
The album was officially released on July 17, 2015, and included the singles “Como Yo Le Doy”, “Piensas (Tell the Truth)”, “El Taxi” and “Baddest Girl in Town”. The album earned him his Grammy Award in the category of Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.
- MIAMI (2004)
- The Mariel (2006)
- The Ship Lift (2007)
- Pitbull Protagonizada por Rebelution (2009)
- Armando (2010)
- Planet Pit (2011)
- Global warming (2012)
- Globalization (2014)
- Dale (2015)
- Climate change (2017)
- Freedom 548 (2019)
Pitbull Concert Tours
- 2009-2011: Rebelution tour
- 2012: Planet Pit World Tour
- 2013: North American Tour 2013 (with Kesha )
- 2015: Pit Bull Live in Hong Kong
- 2016: The Bad Man Tour (with Prince Royce y Farruko )
- 2017: Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Live! (with Enrique Iglesias)
Pitbull Opening Act
- 2014-2015: Enrique Iglesias – Sex and Love Tour
- 2018: Britney Spears – Gira Piece of Me
Pitbull Net Worth
He earns $15 million from his album sales and world tours alone. He has a “significant” equity stake in the sandwich restaurant chain.
He bought the shares in 2012 and, although details were released, gave it expansion rights to parts of the Caribbean and Latin America.
He has certainly defied many odds to outmaneuver his critics. He has followed his own goals, seen the bigger picture in everything he does, to eventually become a household name with a net worth of $80 million.
Pitbull Private Life
The American singer Armando Christian Pérez, better known by his stage name Pitbull , 40, remains the most sought-after bachelor because he refuses to walk down the aisle, although he has six children with different partners .
His bachelorhood is almost an icon, he has always said that he likes women a lot but he is so reserved with his private life that little is known about his girlfriends.
It is known that he had two children with his girlfriend Bárbara Alba , with whom he had a 10-year relationship. But then he had four more children whose names are unknown, as well as the identity of his mothers.