Cuban-American Armando Christian Perez, better known as Pitbull, is creating waves with his reggaeton rapping. He released his third album, 'El Mariel', in October 2006. The first single, "Bojangles", was very popular and a video, to the remix was shot with Li'l Jon and the Ying Yang Twins. On 'El Mariel', he has collaborated with artists like Li'l Jon, Daddy Yankee, Diaz Brothers, DJ Khaled, and many others.
Pitbull released his gold-selling debut album 'M.I.A.M.I. (Money Is A Major Issue)' in August 2004, but before that he was
featured on songs by Li'l Jon and on the 2Fast2Furious soundtrack. His claim to fame was "Culo", where he collaborated with Li'l Jon. Since then, he has released a remixed version of 'M.I.A.M.I' called 'Money Is Still Is A Major Issue' in 2005, followed by 'El Mariel' in 2006.
Pitbull has collaborated with the best in the hip-hop music industry. He reworked Usher's "Lovers and Friends" into a Latin reggaeton version called "Dime", on which he worked with Puerto Rican Ken Y and Li'l Jon. He wants to fuse cultures by making American starts big in the Latin market and vice-versa.
On 'El Mariel' too, Pitbull has worked with Fat Joe and Sinful on "Que Tu Sabes D'Eso'. "Jungle Fever" features Wyclef Jean and Oobie. "Ay Chico (Lengua Afuera)" has also become an immensely popular track.
Pitbull seems to have made a name for himself in other areas as well. Several of his songs are used in video games as well, such as "Toma" in WWE Day of Reckoning 2. Pitbull has also released several mixtapes, the latest being 'Unleashed Volume 5'. Pitbull has expressed his stance on Castro on more than one occasion. He loves his isla bonita, and on hearing that the Cuban president was transferring duties, he immediately wrote "Ya Se Acabo" (which means "it's over"), which is now being played in radio stations in Miami.
Not happy with confining himself to run-of-the-mill reggaeton, Pitbull is now due to release his all-Spanish album 'Armando' in Spring 2007. 'Armando' is said to have an Afro-Cuban feel to it and is different from the usual reggaeton you hear from most rappers. He hopes that with 'Armando', Pitbull can create wonders for Li'l Jon in the Latino market, like Li'l Jon did for Pitbull in America.
Armando Christian Pérez (born January 15, 1981 in Miami, Florida), better known by the stage name Pitbull , is a Cuban-American rapper signed to his own label, Mr 305 Inc. The Give Me Everything (Tonight) Songfacts reports that he adopted his canine moniker because, "They bite to lock. The dog is too stupid to lose. And they're outlawed in Dade County. They're basically everything that I am. It's been a constant fight."
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