From Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, rose from Miami's streets to exemplify the American Dream and achieve international success. His relentless work ethic transformed him into a Grammy®-winning global superstar and business entrepreneur.
In addition to the United States, his sold-out world concert tours have taken him to North and South America, Europe, and the Far East. He has also completed headlining tours in China and Japan.
On his second co-headlining U.S. tour with Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull released his tenth full-length album, Climate Change [Mr. 305, Polo Grounds, RCA Records], on March 17, 2017
Climate Change includes the singles “Messin’ Around feat. Enrique Iglesias,” and “Greenlight feat. Flo Rida & LunchMoney Lewis,” both of whom also appear in the Gil Green-directed video filmed in Miami. Climate Change features many other superstars and burgeoning musical guests: Jennifer Lopez, , Jason Derulo, Stephen Marley, R.Kelly, Leona Lewis, and many more. Landing # 1 hits in over 15 countries, 70 million single sales, and 6 million album sales, Pitbull does not stop.
The Miami native-born to Cuban-American expatriate’s lives by the motto “turn a negative into a positive,” and this mindset has instilled in him a tenacity that fuels his drive for success. In fact, breaking barriers is in his blood. His grandmother was one of the first women who fled to the Sierra Maestra mountain range in Cuba, escaping the tyranny of Fidel Castro. His mother arrived in the United States as part of the historic “Operation Peter Pan,” and his father even picked up 547 people during the Mariel boatlift. His aunt became a Cuban political prisoner. Pitbull remains immersed in a culture of challenging the status quo and continues to defy the odds and emerge victoriously.
Upon graduating high school, he turned all of his attention to music with a series of underground mixtapes. Merging hip-hop with Cuban swing, pop flavors, and a Caribbean bounce, Pitbull flaunts a style that’s indisputably his own. Releasing his full-length debut, M.I.A.M.I in 2004, followed by the success of 2006’s El Mariel and 2007’s The Boatlift. In tribute to his father, he delivered his first Spanish-language album, Armando, in 2010. The hustle yielded 2011’s Planet Pit, which debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 and spawned one of the “best-selling singles of all-time”—“Give Me Everything” [feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer]. The anthem would be his first to top Billboard’s Hot 100 and go RIAA quintuple-platinum, moving over 8 million units globally.
His 2013 Meltdown EP gave the word “Timber” [featuring Ke$ha], #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for three weeks straight, six-times platinum, and accumulated global sales surpassing 8 million dollars as the “sixth best-selling song of the year.” 2014’s Globalization boasted hit “Fireball” [featuring John Ryan] and the platinum “Time of Our Lives” [featuring Ne-Yo]. Always remembering where he comes from, his second Spanish-language album, Dale [pronounced Dah-Le and named after his signature phrase], buoyed some of his biggest international songs, including the gold-certified “Piensas” and “El Taxi” and the platinum “Como Yo Le Doy,” VEVO-certified for views over 100 million.
Initially inspired to pursue his music dream by one of his high school teachers, Pitbull also understands the impact that education can make in one’s life. To spread that message and encourage quality education for children from all walks of life, he serves as an ambassador for SLAM!, Sports Leadership and Management charter schools. Launched in the Little Havana section of Miami, where he spent some of his youth, the SLAM! The model has now expanded to Las Vegas and West Palm Beach, Florida.
On “Freedom,” he sums everything up:
I went from a poor kid to a well-known all-around-the-globe world-class citizen, man. I paid all my dues and earned my stripes, took all the wrongs in my life, and I made it right.
That’s the dream, and Pitbull’s showing everybody it’s possible.