Armando Christian Pérez, (born January 15, 1981) better known by his stage name Pitbull, is an American rapper. His first recorded mainstream performance was on a solo track from Lil Jon’s 2002 album Kings of Crunk, which featured Pitbull rapping over Jon’s production. In 2004, Pitbull released his debut album titled M.I.A.M.I. (backronym for Money Is A Major Issue), under TVT Records; the album included production from high-profile producers Lil Jon and Jim Jonsin. Pitbull later released his second album El Mariel, in 2006 and his third, The Boatlift, in 2007. His fourth album, Rebelution (2009), included the hit single “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”, which was his first internationally popular song, and ultimately peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
On May 19, 2015, Pitbull launched a new radio channel on Sirius XM Radio, called Pitbull’s Globalization Radio, which is centered around Rhythmic, Dance/EDM, and R&B/Hip-Hop product from artists from around the world. The artist celebrated the channel’s debut with a private concert at New York City’s Apollo Theater. In addition to launching his customized radio station, Pitbull also plans to launch a pair of projects with Endemol for digital television.