Armando Christian Pérez, known by the stage name Pitbull or Mr Worldwide, is an American rapper. His first recorded mainstream performance was on a solo track from Lil Jon's 2002 album Kings of Crunk. In 2004, Pitbull released his debut album M.I.A.M.I. under TVT Records. It included production producers Lil Jon and Jim Jonsin.
Pitbull later released his second album, El Mariel, in 2006 and his third, The Boatlift, in 2007. His fourth album, Rebelution (2009), included his breakthrough hit single "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)", which peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. Pitbull's 2004 debut album "M.I.A.M.I." appeared on the TVT label. It included the single "Culo," which broke into the Top 40 on the U.S. pop chart. The album broke into the Top 15 on the album chart. In 2005, Pitbull was invited by Sean"Diddy" Combs to help create Bad Boy Latino, a subsidiary of the Bad Boy record label. The next two albums, 2006's "El Mariel" and 2007's "The Boatlift" continued Pitbull's success in the hip-hop community. Both were Top 10 hits on the rap albums chart. Pitbull dedicated "El Mariel" to his father, who died in May 2006 before the album's release in October. On "The Boatlift" he turned in a more gangsta rap direction. It included Pitbull's second Top 40 pop hit single, "The Anthem."