Pitbull is a successful and award-winning rapper. His songs are very radio-friendly as he combines an accessible brand of hip hop with elements from house and techno. The rapper also wears his Cuban and Latin influences on his sleeves.
While Pitbull has a great flow and is an excellent rapper, his singles are built more on getting people out on the dance floor and less on showcasing his rhymes.
Lyrically, Pitbull raps about partying, romance, and having a good time. That’s why his songs have been used for events like the 2014 World Cup and the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
Pitbull’s sound not only incorporates the many Latin subcultures of the Miami and Southern Florida area, but he dresses the part too. Eschewing t-shirts, baggy jeans, and licensed sports apparel, Pitbull dons designer linen suits, usually without a tie, and sleek sunglasses. He looks like a Miami business-man more than rapper.
Over the years, Pitbull has worked with a number of big-named artists including Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Shakira, Lil Jon, Marc Anthony, and Chris Brown. Pitbull got his big break in 2002 when one of his tracks (“Pitbulls Cuban Rideout") appeared on Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz’s Kings of Crunk.
Pitbull’s music is generally positive and upbeat, but it would be quite understandable if it was just the opposite. He parents separated when he was young. His mother kicked him out of the house when he was a teenager and started selling drugs. His childhood was not an easy one.
Pitbull’s real name is Armando Christian Perez. He was born Jan. 15, 1981 in Miami, Florida. His parents were Cuban expatriates. Perez took the stage name “Pitbull” because he relates to the canine. They’re outlawed in Dade County and “too stupid to lose.” The dogs, like Pitbull, are in a constant fight.
2006: El Mariel
2007: The Boatlift
2011: Planet Pit
2012: Global Warming