From Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, rose from the streets of Miami to exemplify the American Dream and achieve international success. His relentless work ethic transformed him into a Grammy-winning global superstar and business entrepreneur.
Along the way, he’s been the subject of specials for CNBC, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC and more, in addition to appearances on Empire, Shark Tank and Dancing with the Stars. His music has appeared in Men In Black III and The Penguins of Madagascar.
Pitbull released his tenth full-length album, Climate Change, October 2016, after wrapping his second headlining arena run – The Bad Man Tour, named after the Climate Change hit single featuring singer Robin Thicke, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker.
Landing #1 hits in over 15 countries, 9 billion YouTube/VEVO views, 70 million single sales and 6 million album sales, Pitbull does not stop.
The Miami native born to Cuban-American expatriates 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 victorious.
Merging hip-hop with Cuban swing, pop flavors and a reggaeton 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” featuring 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. Pitbull solidified himself as a superstar entertainer, selling out arenas and stadiums all around the world.
His 2013 Meltdown EP gave the world “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. His second Spanish-language album, Dale, buoyed some of his biggest international songs, including the gold-certified, “Piensas” and “El Taxi” and the platinum “Como Yo Le Doy.”
Whether it’s his Voli Vodka, fragrance line “Pitbull,” or the high-profile partnerships with brands such as Bud Light, Dr. Pepper and Dodge, his influence has catapulted. He holds equity in Miami Grill and continues to develop his strategic alliance with Playboy Enterprises. His deal with Endemol North America includes his production company, Honey I’m Home, and 2017 will mark his third annual New Year’s Eve special on FOX. Globalization, his 24/7 commercial-free channel on Sirius XM (Ch.4) has become the platform’s fastest-growing channel following its 2015 launch.
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! model has now expanded to Las Vegas and West Palm Beach, Florida.