Pitbull Regales the World
In slightly over a decade, American rapper Pitbull has gone from Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide – an iconic songwriter, musician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. A global rapping sensation, Pitbull has successfully collaborated with countless chart topping luminaries, and curated an interactive, larger-than-life stage presence. Indeed, he has earned the title “Mr. Worldwide” and here are five reasons why:
1. Mr. Worldwide, was a shooting star before he was born.
Armando Christian Perez (known as the artist Pitbull) was born on January 15, 1981. However, shortly before his birth, Armando’s mother observed a shooting star, and instantly declared that the star resembled the future destiny of her infant son. Although his parents divorced when Armando was young, he was taught to embrace the Cuban culture and the achievements of notable Cubans, including poet and independence leader José Martî.
2. Pitbull’s 2009 album
Pitbull Starring in Rebelution features tracks with several high-profile global artists including Ke$ha, Nayer and the king of Crunk’s Lil Jon. The album included hit singles “I Know You Want Me” (Calle Ocho) and “Hotel Room Service.” It was certified 3x platinum, and absolutely introduced Pitbull to a world audience. Mr. Worldwide’s magnetic personality and entertaining interplay with members of his band also boost his ebullient stage persona.
3. World Music Influences
With influences of Jamaican, Latin, hip-hop, rap, and other world beats, Pitbull’s sixth studio album, 2010’s Planet Pit, pays homage to the sounds of the world. The album – including the chart-topping club anthem “Give Me Everything,” featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack + Nayer, and the hit single “Drop it to the Floor” featuring T-Pain – is an electrifying compilation of world music. Planet Pit also features lumnaries including Marc Anthony, Chris Brown, Enrique Iglesias, Jamie Foxx, Afrojack, and Kelly Rowland. The album debuted at #7 on Billboard’s Top 100, and “Give Me Everything” was Pitbull’s first #1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100.
4. Global Business Mind
Pitbull is amassing a global business empire with the founding of Polo Grounds Music and the independent record label, Mr. 305 Inc. (The artist is also globally recognized as Mr. 305, an homage to his Miami hometown area code.) He has negotiated sponsorship deals with Kodak, Bud Light and Dr. Pepper, and even introduced Voli, his own premium vodka brand. Mr. Worldwide also entered into a partnership with Sheets, a dissolvable energy strip.
In 2013, Pitbull opened a charter school for kids in Miami. The entrepreneur also introduced 2015 with his first-ever primetime television production, Fox’s “Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution,” and guest-starred on season 2 of Fox’s Empire series. Mr. Worldwide was also the subject of a one-hour CNBC special, “Pitbull: Fame and Fortune,” which aired on October 22, 2015. Not one to rest on his laurels, the musician, businessman, marketing genius and “worldwide” recording artist also has a 7-Year Plan for Global Success …
5. The World is His Recording Studio
Mr. Worldwide also owns his moniker by way of his lyrical and recording styles. The rapper’s seventh album, 2012’s Global Warming, was recorded in Barcelona and the Dominican Republic. (Pitbull does not typically record in studios, but instead in the places where he finds inspiration.) The album also featured contributions by Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Christina Aguilera, and Havana Brown. The album’s second single, “Get It Started,” featured Columbian artist Shakira, and these lyrics, “Two passports – three cities – two countries – one day. Now that’s worldwide.” Now that’s Pitbull!
Mr. Worldwide is performing his Time of Our Lives show in a limited seven-night engagement at the Axis at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Dates are March 12th-26th, 2016. For complete information, follow Pitbull on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or visit his official website, pitbullmusic.com
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