Armando Christian Perez, A.K.A. Pitbull, was born on January 15, 1981. He is a celebrated rapper and singer who has been in the music industry since 2000. With world-stopping tracks, hot singles, electric albums, and T.V. and movie appearances, Pitbull has brought the world to its feet. To name a few of his accomplishments, the rapper has sold over 100 million singles worldwide and has even culminated 15 billion views on YouTube. And we’re only scratching the surface — talk about reach, Pitbull might have achieved enviable success but there’s one certainty, he’s not slowing down soon. So join us as we celebrate his special day today.
Armando Christian Perez
Lil' Chico, Mr. Worldwide, Mr. 305
January 15, 1981
Pitbull, born Armando Christian Perez on January 15, 1981, is a revered name in the music industry. With back-to-back dancehall tracks, a smooth personality, and an unrelenting drive, he’s established his relevance not just in Hollywood but in the hearts of his fans. Granted, his success journey hasn’t been a rosy experience. However, Pitbull has stayed focused on his dreams like a true Capricorn until they became a reality. The singer was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban immigrant parents. Hence, he’s a first-gen Cuban-American who was encouraged to take advantage of living in America. His early life was marked by an absent father, a broken home, substance abuse, and homelessness.
Pitbull’s career began in 2001 after joining Luther Campbell’s Luke Records. This signage fostered relationships with fellow acts like Lil Jon, who offered Pitbull a track on his album “Kings of Crunk.” A few years later in 2004, Pitbull’s debut album “M.I.A.M.I” was released. Lil Jon produced the album, and it topped the charts, catapulting Pitbull into early fame. In 2005, the rapper and Sean John Combs co-founded Bad Boy Latino, a subsidiary of Comb’s Bad Boy Records. Presently, Pitbull heads the A&R division of the label. In 2009, the rapper released his fourth studio album, “Pitbull Starring in Rebelution,” which featured the banger, ‘I Know You Want Me.’ This song peaked at number two on the ‘Hot 100’ in multiple countries. Since then, it’s been smooth sailing to success for Pitbull.
The rapper has had unique collaborations, singles, and performances that have all soared, and he has the awards prove it. However, heavy is the head that wears the crown, and the rapper has witnessed some publicized controversies during his career. These controversies include Lindsey Lohan’s lawsuit and the backlash for the portrayal of women in his music videos.
Pitbull signs to Luther Campbell Luke Records.
Under T.V.T. Records, Pitbull releases “M.I.A.M.I.” — his first-ever album.
Pitbull drops “Rebelution,” which features his hit song ‘I Know You Want Me.’
He co-owners Trackhouse Racing, a professional stock car auto racing organization that competes in the NASCAR series.
Why We Love Pitbull
He’s won 46 awards
Pitbull has been nominated 143 times across different categories, countries, and awards. He has won 46 of those awards, including a Grammy.
Pitbull exudes an undeniable charm. He’s slick too.
He’s a hardworking activist
Pitbull is a strong activist for the Latino community. From creating schools to financial aid, his social impact is very evident.
5 Surprising Facts
He loves poetry
When he was only three, Pitbull could recite Jose Marti’s works in Spanish.
He’s an atheist
Although raised in a religious household, Pitbull doesn’t practice any religion.
He started rapping in high school
After being kicked out of his home for dealing drugs, Pitbull started rapping in high school.
He learned English by watching T.V.
Perez learned English by watching “Sesame Street” on television.
His parents struggled with drugs
Before delving into drugs himself, Pitbull’s parents struggled with substance abuse.
What does Pitbull say in every song?
The rapper often uses ‘dale’ in every song, which means ‘go ahead.’
Who is Pitbull’s wife?
Pitbull is not married, nor has he publicly announced his relationship status.
What music does Pitbull listen to?
The rapper often celebrates the Latino demographic to which he belongs. However, he also listens to music from diverse demographics.
Pitbull’s birthday dates