Pitbull will perform on Dec. 3 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA, Dec. 11 at Philips Arena in Atlanta,
GA, Dec. 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, Dec. 26 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 14 at the Allstate
Arena in Rosemont, IL, Dec. 27 at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT, and Dec. 31 at the American Airlines Arena in
Q: What racial problems did Pitbull run into when he first began rapping?
Pitbull faced criticism in the rap world because he is white with blue eyes, comes from the South, and is Cuban.
Pitbull originally hails from Miami, Florida. He recorded his first mainstream performance on a solo track
from record producer Lil Jon's 2002 album Kings of Crunk, a disc that featured Pitbull busting rhymes over Jon's production.
In 2004, Pitbull issued his debut album entitled M.I.A.M.I. (short for Money Is A Major Issue), via TVT Records. The album
featured production from big-name producers Lil Jon and Jim Jonsin. Pitbull eventually released his sophomore album El Mariel
in 2006. His third, The Boatlift, came in 2007. In 2009, his fourth disc Rebelution, yielded the smash single "I Know You
Want Me (Calle Ocho)." Pitbull's 2011 album Planet Pit, included the hit single "Give Me Everything," which became his first
single to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song later climbed to #1 across the globe, and featured high-profile
artists like Ne-Yo, Nayer, and Afrojack. Pitbull has served as a featured artist on the remixes of a string of other hit singles
including "Tik Tok," "Scream & Shout," "Lo Hecho Esta Hecho," "Bad," "Papi," "Diamonds," "How Low," "Tonight (I'm Lovin'
You)," "Video Phone," "Over To You Now," and "Bumpy Ride."
Born to Cuban parents, Pitbull first showed signs of musical
talent at the age of three, when he began reciting the works of the Cuban poet José Martí. His influences included
the Miami bass genre of pop music. He has said that Celia Cruz and Willy Chirino heavily inspired his music. After Pitbull
graduated from Miami Coral Park High School, he decided to make rap music his full-time career.
After befriending Lil
Jon in Miami, Pitbull was featured on Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz' album Kings of Crunk in 2002. Pitbull's song "Oye" appeared
on the soundtrack to the movie 2 Fast 2 Furious the following year. Later on, Pitbull also issued a string of mixtapes, comprised
of freestyles and remixes of popular rap music. Campbell included Pitbull's vocals in his single, "Lollipop."
Pitbull was signed to Luther Campbell's Luke Records by Jullian Boothe, who was the label's vice-president of A&R at the
time. In 2001, Pitbull met Robert Fernandez of Famous Artist Music & Management, an independent label and management company
that specialized in the development of artists, by the Diaz Brothers, a pair of producers signed to the company. Fernandez
was impressed by Pitbull's "eagerness and hunger," and started working to develop Pitbull after the young rapper's deal with
Luke Records ended.
In 2004, Pitbull put out his first full-length studio album M.I.A.M.I., with the lead-off single
being "Culo." The song went on to peak at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, before reaching No. 11 on the Hot Rap Tracks
chart. Other singles consisted of "Dammit Man," "Back Up," "Toma," and "That's Nasty." Following the success, Pitbull embarked
on the Anger Management Tour, the 2000 hip hop concert tour headlined by Eminem and 50 Cent. Pitbull also featured on the
Ying Yang Twins' single "Shake," a tune that peaked at No.41 on the Hot 100.
In 2005, Pitbull and big-name rap artist
Sean 'Diddy' Combs co-founded Bad Boy Latino, which was a subsidiary of Combs' Bad Boy Records label. It mainly focuses on
Latin hip hop, Latin soul, Latin pop and other forms of tropical music, and has offices in New York and Miami, Florida. In
addition to co-founding it, Pérez currently heads the label's A&R division.
Pitbull's third album, entitled
The Boatlift, came out in November 2007, on the strength of the single "Secret Admirer" featuring Lloyd on the chorus. "Go
Girl," another single off the album, peaked at No. 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 36 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart.
back up his fourth studio album Rebelution, Pitbull released "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)." The song peaked at No. 2 on
the Hot 100, and also peaked within the top ten spots of charts in the UK, Canada, Italy, and the Netherlands. The track reached
No. 1 on the European Hot 100 in the week ending August 29, 2009. The album Rebelution itself sold more than 7.5 million worldwide
digital singles and albums combined.
In 2011, Pittbull's smash single "Give Me Everything"
blew up mainstream radio stations all across the globe. His album Planet Pitt skyrocketed to the top of the charts in the
same year. Here's an opportunity to hear this sensational rapper live as he performs "Hotel Room Service" and more of his
Hit albums from Pitbull included M.I.A.M.I. (2004), El Mariel (2006), The Boatlift
(2007), Rebelution (2009), Armando (2010), Planet Pit (2011), and Global Warming (2012).