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Pitbull, or Armando Christian Perez, is a American rap artist hailing from sunny Miami, Florida. He has released scores of album and won tons of awards for his stylish beats. Pitbull was born in the Sunshine State in 1981, his birth coinciding with the beginning of the hiphop movement. He debuted in 2002 with a solo track on Lil Jon's album “Kings of Crunk,” featuring Pitbull and Jon rapping in a highly charged call-and-response duet. Pitbull released his first album just two years later, calling it “M.I.A.M.I.,” short for Money is a Major Issue. Pitbull's initial work had earned the respect of several high-profile hip-hop producers, including Lil Jon and Jim Jonsin, who edited tracks for his debut release. In 2006, Pitbull released his second album, “El Mariel,” named after the boat which carried the first wave of Cuban refugees to Miami in 1979, just two years before Perez was born. The next year, Pitbull released “The Boatlift,” again referencing the beginning of the Cuban exodus to Miami. Two albums later Pitbull hit the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the single “Give Me Everything” on his fifth album, “Planet Pit.” The track was an instant hit worldwide, featuring cameos by Ne-Yo, Nayer and Afrojack. Pitbull's next major hit, “Timber” from his EP “Meltdown” made it to the top of the charts in twenty countries, sealing his international appeal. Pitbull's next albums, “Global Warming” and “Globalization,” reflect his global outlook. Pitbull has made remixes of dozens of hit rap songs, putting his Cuban-flavored spin on contemporary hits. In 2014, Pitbull was chosen by FIFA to write and record “We Are One (Ole Ola),” featuring Jenniper Lopez and Claudia Leitte, to be the official song of the World Cup.