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Pitbull

When the Southern-flavored party rap called crunk took over urban radio in 2004, Miami rapper Pitbull decided it was time to seek stardom. The way Pitbull saw it, "crunk ain't nothin' but bass music slowed down." Miami bass music, that is, the kind Pitbull grew up on. His parents were first-generation Cuban immigrants who didn't let their son forget about his culture. They required him to memorize the works of Cuban poet José Martí, and Pitbull understood the power of words right away. Southern acts like Poison Clan and Luther Campbell were early influences, but as he grew, the young rapper got turned on to the G-funk sound of the West Coast and the New York City point of view Nas brought to the game.

Pitbull got involved in the game himself when he started appearing on Miami mixtapes. A meeting with Irv Gotti resulted in nothing, but soon Luther Campbell called on the rapper to appear on his "Lollipop" single. It brought Pitbull to the attention of the Diaz Brothers management team, who introduced the rapper to the king of crunk, Lil Jon. A Pitbull freestyle landed on Lil Jon's platinum-selling Kings of Crunk album in 2002, and the rapper's "Oye" track appeared on the 2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack in 2003. Ready to take it all the way to the top, Pitbull unleashed his debut full-length, M.I.A.M.I., in 2004 on the TVT label, with the Lil Jon-produced single "Culo" leading the way.

Soon Pitbull was making guest appearances on tracks by everyone from the Ying Yang Twins to Elephant Man. The 2005 compilation Money Is Still a Major Issue collected the best of these collaborations along with some remixes and unreleased tracks. In 2006, the single "Bojangles" prepared fans for his next album, El Mariel. As the album landed on the shelves it was announced that his next effort would be entirely in Spanish and titled The Boatlift. When the end product arrived in 2007, it was an album mostly in English, introduced by the single "Go Girl."

Two years later he released Rebelution, an album filled with slick club cuts including the hits "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" and "Hotel Room Service." Featuring the hit single "Bon Bon," his all-Spanish-language album Armando followed in 2010. In 2011, his Planet Pit album arrived, featuring the singles "Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)" and "Give Me Everything." Both the singles collection Original Hits and I Am Armando -- a "reloaded" version of Armando -- arrived in 2012 along with his seventh studio effort, Global Warming. ~ David Jeffries

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Pitbull – the name says it all.  The rapper from Miami has become a major force in the music biz, raising his profile in movies and television as well.  With the release of “Give Me Everything” in March, 2011, he’s getting more attention than ever before.  Even Lindsay Lohan’s lawyers are calling Pitbull. Lyrics are just lyrics, Mr. Attorney, so give a guy a break.  Let’s take a look at where Pitbull came from and how he got to the top.

Growing Up Pitbull

Despite some unfounded rumors, Pitbull was born right here in the United States.  His parents were immigrants from Cuba and on January 15, 1981, they welcomed Armando Christian Perez into the world.  His parents didn’t want their son to forget his Cubano roots, so they made him recite the poems of Cuban poet Jose Marti, ingraining the importance and the power of words into the mind of young Armando. His parents separated and young Armando spent time with a foster family in Georgia, before moving back with his mother, who ended up kicking him out of the house for following in his daddy’s footsteps as a drug dealer.

After he graduated from high school, Armando made a decision to go for his dreams and focus on a career in rapping.  Early on, it was tough to get people to give him a shot.  There weren’t a lot of people who took him seriously:  a white, blue-eyed guy from the South.  Throw his Cubano heritage into the mix and it was even tougher.  But he kept coming no matter how tough it seemed.  That’s where his nickname Pitbull comes from.  He explained in an interview with the Washington Post, “They bite to lock. The dog is too stupid to lose.”  Pitbull kept pushing, and his refusal to lose seems like anything but stupid.

Breaking In

When crunk started taking over radio play, Pitbull knew his time had come. He saw crunk as Miami bass music with the music slowed down.  He had grown up with Miami bass, and now he was ready to step up.  He met Lil Jon, who took a liking to him and gave him his own track, “Pitbull’s Cuban Ride Out,” on Jon’s Kings of Crunk.  In 2004 Pitbull released his first album, M.I.A.M.I. (which stands for Money Is A Major Issue) with the single “Culo” (or “Ass” in English) doing pretty well.

Blowing Up

Pitbull then joined the Anger Management Tour, which was headlined by Tour founder Eminem and 50 Cent.  Pitbull returned to the studio and recorded three more albums, El Mariel (2006), The Boatlift (2007), Armando (2010).  He did a guest-starring role on UPN’s television series South Beach, and is the host of his own show Pitbull’s La Esquina on Mun2 cable network.  La Esquina translates as The Corner, so now you know where Pitbull’s hanging out.  Then came the 2011 release of Planet Pit.  He worked with T-Pain on the first single, “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)”, and then came “Give Me Everything,” with Ne-Yo, Nayer, and Afrojack, which became Pitbull’s first Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100.

The man works hard at his job… When he was starting out, he was constantly trying to get his music in front of people.  He brings something special to the world of music.  His background is definitely reflected in his music, growing up listening to merengue and other Latin and Caribbean rhythms.  Pitbull lyrics reveal a deeper, more serious side.  Sure, he has good-time party tracks, but many of his songs express his political views. When Cuban dictator Fidel Castro announced he was stepping down, Pitbull quickly recorded Ya Se Acabo (“It’s Over” in English). But it is far from over for Pitbull.  Actually, it’s only just beginning.