Do you know Pitbull singing rap whose real name is Armando Christian Pérez? This well-known American rapper who is also a singer, producer and songwriter at the same time was born in January 1981. His parents were immigrant, and they made Pitbull recite the poems created by José Martí. However, he experienced problems in the initial stage of his career being a rapper because of his white skin and blue-eyes; features of a Cuban American.
How Does Pitbull Start His Singing Career?
His music was greatly influenced by the music style of Miami bass playing hip-hop music. He said that his music is inspired by Willy Chirino and Celia Cruz. When Pitbull was still young, his parents separated, and his single mother worked hard to raise him. Later, he stayed with a foster family based in Roswell, Georgia where he started rapping in his high school years.
Pitbull singing rap was greatly inspired by the Big Pun, The Notorious BIG, and Nas. Upon graduation from high school in Miami Coral Park, he decided to focus his attention on rapping. He was later influenced to join the rap battle on the radio after he met Irv Gotti, and Luther Campbell. Then, he became interested in the East Coast and West coast varieties in music later in his career.
In 2002, Pitbull participated in the album of The East Side Boyz and Lil Jon entitled Kings of Crunk. His song with the title, Oye was heard on the soundtrack of the popular movie entitled 2 Fast 2 Furious in the year that followed. Moreover, he has produced some mixtapes, comprised of remixes and freestyles of well-known rap music. He was also featured in Campbell’s single with the title Lollipop.
Pitbull singing rap’s 1st performance that was recorded was taken from the Kings of Crunk sometime in 2002, then, he was able to release his debut album entitled MIAMI in 2004 under TVT Records. From then on, he has come out with 2 more albums with the same label, namely, El Mariel and The Boatlift in the years 2006 and 2007. In 2009, he released the album, Rebelution, which contained the singles, Krazy and I Know You Want Me.
Krazy reaches its peak at number 30 in the list of Hot 100 and number 11 in the charts of Hot Rap Tracks. On the other hand, Pitbull singing rap’s I Know You Want Me became number 2 in the list of Hot 100 and climbed the top 10 spots of music charts in Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, and Italy. In France, it reached number 1 in the European’s Hot 100 at the end of August 2009 based on Billboard magazine’s report.
Later, Pitbull signed a contract with Polo Grounds Music via Sony Music and came-out with his own record label named Mr. 305 Inc. Pitbull singing rap performed the rap portion in the Spanish edition of We are the World titled Somos El Mundo for the benefit show in Haiti sometime in 2009, which was composed of a large group of Latin famous singers like Gloria Estefan and Emilio.
How Pitbull became so successful with limited talent?
Pitbull adopted a smart strategy to be what today he is. He appeared as a featured artist in many songs of other artists. Similarly, he featured several other top artists in his songs and albums. This strategy boosted his notoriety, profile, and reputation. Most of Pitbull’s hit tunes/songs are ventured jointly with different renowned artists.
In 2004 Pitbull released his first album, and its name was MIAMI. The debut album ranked 14th on the Billboard 200 album chart. This album had not produced any major top hit. This was an unassuming achievement, yet nothing in contrast with the success he later achieved.
As of now, he gained fame in the Miami Latin music arena regardless of some critic’s criticism of his poor flow and lyrics. Flow means how a singer sounds while rapping. He got enough fame that he was offered by Sean Comb to cofound a record mark in Bad Boy Latino. Check P. Diddy or AKA Puff Daddy. The comb was trying to extend his hit bad boy label in the Latin pop and hip-hop market. The vocalist Pitbull was included or offered because they want him to find new innovative acts for the label. The Bad Boy Latino released his second and third albums.
Pitbull’s second album was known as El Mariel. It was ranked #17 on the Billboard 200. Only about 0.19 million copies of the second album were sold. Though selling the amount of the second album was significant and a record was created, but still, this didn’t make him a worldwide superstar.
Pitbulls 4th album was named Rebelution, and it was his first album which got released under a famous label “Polo Grounds Music.” Polo Grounds Music is an essential section of RCA. Pitbull gained recognition among fans of club music and pop through this album. In this album, several featured artists were part of his songs. Avery Storm, B.o.B, Nicole Scherzinger, Nayer, Akon, Ke$ha, Lil Jon, and others made guest appearances in the album. This Album ranked 8th position on Billboard 200 chart. Only in the USA, 0.25 million copies of this album were sold. However, he became a symbol of pop in the music industry upon releases of his next series of albums. Finally, he became a global star and ever remaining name in the music industry.