Born to Cuban parents, Armando Christian Pérez, professionally known as Pitbull, first started rapping at high school after being inspired by Nas and The Notorious B.I.G.. He recounted tales of his troubled upbringing in his rhymes and freestyling on radio rap battles in a mix of Southern urban music branded as crunk. He also featured on 'Lollipop', a single by Luther Campbell and, drawing on hip-hop influences from both the east and west coasts of America, released his debut album 'M.I.A.M.I.' in 2004. The following year he toured with Eminem and 50 Cent and collaborated with Wyclef Jean, Elephant Man, Ying Yang Twins, Twista and Pretty Ricky, releasing his second album 'El Mariel' in 2006 - which contained a mix of party tracks and political material. Third album, 'The Boatlift' (2007) had more of a gangster rap edge while his club-styled 2009 album 'Rebelution', produced one of his biggest hits - 'I Know You Want Me'. Subsequent albums, 'Armando' (2010); 'Planet Pit' (2011); 'Global Warming' (2012); 'Globalization' (2014); 'Dale' (2015); and 'Climate Change' (2017) all charted well on the Billboard 200. His other hit singles include: 'Give Me Everything' with Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer; 'International Love' with Chris Brown; 'Timber' with Kesha and 'Don't Stop the Party'. In 2014, Pitbull performed at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup at the Arena de Sao Paulo with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Letite. The following year, he began his own radio channel, Pitbull's Globalization Radio on Sirius XM Radio. He was also the opening act for Enrique Iglesias on his 'Sex and Love' tour until 2015 and supported Britney Spears on her 'Piece of Me' tour in 2018. 2019 saw the release of Pitbull's eleventh studio album, 'Libertad 548'. It includes collaborations with the likes of Becky G, Ne-Yo, Daddy Yankee and Blake Shelton.