Born Armando Perez, he gained fame for his 2009 album Rebelution and won the Billboard Music Award for Top Radio song for "Give Me Everything" in 2012. His 2013 song "Timber" topped the Billboard Hot 100 list for three consecutive weeks.
His mother threw him out of the house when he was 16 because he started dealing drugs like his father. He chose the name Pitbull because the Pitbull terrier locks its jaws when it fights and is, as he put it, "too stupid to lose."
His song "I Know You Want Me" reached number one on the European Hot 100 list in 2009.
His parents separated when he was very young, so he was raised by his mother and later lived with a foster family. He had two children, a daughter named Destiny and a son named Bryce, with Barbara Alba.