Born Armando Perez on January 15, 1981, in Miami, Florida to Cuban parents, Pitbull started his rapping career as a featured artist on Lil John’s album Kings of Crunk (2002) after being signed to Luke Records the previous year. Two years later, Pitbull broke onto the scene with his debut studio album M.I.A.M.I. (2004) and its lead single “Culo” reaching number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Pitbull continued to find immediate success in part of his second album El Mariel climbing to number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart in addition to its hit singles “Bojangles” and ”Fuego” tearing up the charts as well. His popularity further tripled in size following the release of his next album The Boatlift (2007) and fourth album Rebelution with latter’s lead single “I Know You Want Me” reaching number 2 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart.
The rising Latin rapper went on to obtain seven Billboard Latin Music Award nominations for his Spanish-language album Armando (2010) prior to dropping his English album Planet Pit (2011), which featured the single “Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)” and sold 492,175 copies in its first two days of sale. The following year, Pitbull’s seventh album Global Warming peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 200 chart and spawned the hit singles “Feel This Moment” and “Get It Started.”
Pitbull most recently voiced the character of Bufo in the animated flick Epic (2013).