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Armando Christian Pérez, known professionally as Pitbull, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, businessman, and actor. He was born on January 15, 1981, in Miami, Florida, to Cuban immigrant parents. Pitbull's family has a history of opposing the Castro regime in Cuba, and they instilled in him the importance of taking advantage of the opportunities available in America.
Pitbull began his music career in the early 2000s, initially focusing on reggaeton, Latin hip hop, and crunk music. He released his debut album, "M.I.A.M.I.," in 2004 under TVT Records and Lil Jon's executive production. The album featured the hit single "Culo" and established Pitbull as a rising star in the music industry. He followed up with albums like "El Mariel" (2006) and "The Boatlift" (2007), which further solidified his place in the music scene.
In 2009, Pitbull achieved mainstream success with his fourth album, "Rebelution," which included the chart-topping single "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)." This track reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the UK Singles Chart. Pitbull continued to explore different genres and embraced a more pop-oriented sound with his album "Planet Pit" (2011), which featured the number one hit "Give Me Everything" in collaboration with Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer.
Throughout his career, Pitbull has collaborated with numerous artists and achieved international success with singles like "Timber" featuring Kesha and "Feel This Moment" featuring Christina Aguilera. He has released multiple albums and singles that have garnered millions of views and streams worldwide. Pitbull has been recognized with numerous awards, including Billboard Latin Music Awards and Grammy nominations.
Apart from his music career, Pitbull has engaged in various ventures and philanthropic activities. He has served as a brand ambassador for different entities, advocated for the Latino American community, and owned the Trackhouse Racing NASCAR team. Additionally, Pitbull operates a radio station called Pitbull's Globalization on Sirius XM Radio.
With over 25 million studio albums and over 100 million singles sold worldwide, Pitbull has become one of the most successful artists of his generation. He continues to make an impact on the music industry with his energetic performances, catchy hooks, and versatile collaborations.