Fireball

Pitbull

featuring John Ryan

Globalization

July 23rd, 2014

You can run your mouth all you want, but Pitbull and John Ryan don't care what you say. They came, they saw, they conquered (not necessarily in that order, according to Pitbull) and they're still on fire.

Did you know?

  • Armando Christian Pérez was born January 15, 1981 in Miami, Florida to Cuban expatriates and is better known by his stage name Pitbull.
  • He was chosen by FIFA and Sony Music to write and record "We Are One (Ole Ola)" along with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, which served as the official song of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • When he was 3, he could recite the works of Cuba's national hero and poet, José Martí.
  • He was also influenced by the Miami bass genre of pop music and has cited Celia Cruz and Willy Chirino as sources of inspiration for his music.
  • His mother kicked him out of their house when he was 16 after he became a drug dealer, as had his father before him.
  • He said he chose his stage name because pitbulls "bite to lock. The dog is too stupid to lose. And they're outlawed in Dade County. They're basically everything that I am. It's been a constant fight."
  • In August 2011, Lindsay Lohan sued Pitbull, Ne-Yo and Afrojack in response to a song's lyrics referencing her name, "I've got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan." Lohan objected to the negative connotation of the line and claimed that she should have been compensated for the use of her name in the song. The case was dismissed by a federal judge, who ruled the tune's lyrics are protected by the First Amendment, which covers freedom of speech and creative expression.
  • Pitbull hosted the American Music Awards of 2013 on November 24, 2013.
  • Pitbull was the featured speaker at the official opening of the new charter middle and high school Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM), which he helped build on August 19, 2013 in Miami's Little Havana, the neighborhood where he grew up.