On Friday, July 15th 2016 at 11:30 am Hollywood welcomed a new star (#2,584 in the Recording category). The honor was bestowed on Pitbull by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President / CEO Leron Gubler, motivational speaker Tony Robbins and performer Luther Campbell toasted Pitbull during the ceremony. The dedication and unveiling of the newest star took place at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Eastown, in Celia Cruz Square.
Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies said: “The world is fascinated by Pitbull’s story and his remarkable talent. The Hollywood community welcomes him with open arms and applauds him for his work by placing him on one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”
Pitbull – or Armando Christian Perez, if you will – comes from humble beginnings. Armando was born on January 15th 1981 in Miami, Florida. His parents – immigrants from Cuba – struggled with alcoholism; their marriage fell apart over his father’s drug-dealing when Armando was only 4 years old.
One of Armando’ first memories is reciting poems by the Cuban poet Jose Marti in bars his father took him to. These were his first experiences as a performer.
Raised by his mother, Armando barely graduated high school. His mother kicked him out because – like his father – Armando too started dealing drugs. All along however Armando loved music and listened to all kinds: Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Bass Music, Hip-Hop, Techno, House and Rave. Passionate about music, he started pursuing rapping career straight out of high school.
His first rapping break was his 2002 album, “Kings of Crunk”. In 2004 Pitbull released his full-length debut, M.I.A.M.I (Money Is A Major Issue) which he followed with the successful El Mariel in 2006 and The Boatlift in 2007.
Following the death of his father, Pitbull released his first Spanish-language album “Armando” in 2010 which significantly expanded his fan base.
Just like his name sake, Pitbull is relentless. 2011 brought “Fresh Out The Oven” and “On The Floor” on Jennifer Lopez album “Love?” and his sixth album titled “Planet Pit”.
In 2012 his seventh album titled “Global Warming” which included singles with Shakira and Christina Aguilera made waves. “Back In Time” was for the hit movie “Men In Black 3: Back In Time”.
In 2013 his album “Global Warming: Meltdown” (which includes much talked about single “Timber”) featured many stars (from Kesha and Kelly Rowland to Inna and Mohombi and Mayer Hawthorne). His eight album, “Globalization” and tracks like “Wild, Wild Love”, “Fireball” and “Time Of Our Lives” were enthusiastically received.
Pitbull’s most acclaimed works to date are “Give Me Everything” (topped the Billboards top 100) and “Hey Baby” which earned the 7th spot. His second album “El Mariel” (# 17 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the rap chart). “I Know You Want Me” claimed #2 on the Hot 100.
Innovative, relevant and a tour-de-force performer, Pitbull performs to packed venues: his concerts are sold and tours with his name on the marquee attract huge crowds.
It’s said that Pitbull, who made a smooth transition from a t-shirt clad rapper to a dressed-to-kill corporate mover and shaker, is also very successful in his business ventures. He kept his personal life out of the public’s eye and is said to have six children. Pitbull is a protective and caring father who ensures that unlike him, his children have happy childhood and are prepared for life.
With talent and persistence, the former hoodlum earned his way to success but didn’t forget his humble beginnings: Pitbull supports the Sports Leadership and Management Charter Middle / High School in Miami’s Little Havana where he grew up. (The school teaches at risk kids the skills they’ll need to build successful careers and succeed in life.)
Congratulations on the Star, Pitbul! It’s well-deserved.
Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor / I. Sturm