Armando Christian Pérez (born 14 January 1981, in Miami, Florida) better known by his stage name Pitbull, or his other nicknames, Lil' Chico or Mr. 305, is a Cuban-American rapper. His first recorded performance was from the Lil Jon album Kings of Crunk in 2002, after which he released his debut album in 2004 titled M.I.A.M.I. (short for Money Is A Major Issue) under TVT Records. Since then, he has released two other albums under the label, El Mariel in 2006 and The Boatlift in 2007. He is also the host of his own Spanish-language program on the cable channel Mun2 titled La Esquina (Spanish for The Corner). The son of first-generation Cuban-American immigrants, Pitbull grew up influenced both by the Cuban poet Jose Marti, whose works his parents made him memorize, and the Miami bass genre of hip hop music. He later expressed interest in the West coast and East coast genres later in life. In 2002, Pitbull was featured on Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz' album Kings of Crunk and the soundtrack to the film 2 Fast 2 Furious the following year. In addition, Pitbull also released several mixtapes, composed of freestyles and remixes of popular rap music. Former 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell featured Pitbull in his single "Lollipop".
The first single from his 2006 effort El Mariel was "Bojangles", followed by "Ay Chico (Lengua Afuera)". The album featured guest artists such as Lil Jon, Ken-Y, Vybz Kartel, Rick Ross, Bun B, and Ying Yang Twins. On the evening of July 31, 2006, when the president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, announced that he was transferring his duties to his brother Raúl Castro, Pitbull jumped into the studio at 11:00PM to write the single Ya Se Acabo ("It is Over" in English). Stating the verse 'hasta luego' (which means 'see you later') during the duration of the song. Pitbull has contributed much to the reggaeton music movement. He has worked alongside Zion Y Lennox in the song "Jump & Spread Out" featuring Miri Ben-Ari. He also participated in Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina" remix featuring N.O.R.E.. He was also featured in Yaga & Mackie Rank's "Muevete" hot Reggaeton single, and Elephant Man's "Rah Rah Medley" Remix. He appeared in Don Omar's pobre diabla remix and otra noche remix. In 2007, Pitbull and Freestyle legend Stevie B collaborated to remake his dance hit "Spring Love" which was titled "Spring Love 2007".
Pitbull's third album, titled The Boatlift, was released in November 2007, spawned by the single "Secret Admirer" featuring Lloyd on the chorus. Subsequent singles included "Go Girl" featuring Trina and Young Boss and "The Anthem" featuring and produced by Lil Jon, that song sampling the hook from the song "El Africano" by Wilfrido Vargas and the beat from the song "Calabria" by Rune RK.