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He can't promise tomorrow, but he promises tonight. Dalé!

Pitbull's introduction in every song he appears in.

Pitbull, aka Armando Christian Peréz (born January 15, 1981 in Miami, Florida), is an American rapper, songwriter, world traveler, and producer from Miami. He is of Cuban descent, and his family arrived in the United States after the Mariel boatlift. He began gaining popularity outside the local and underground scene during the latter half of the 2000's.


  • M.I.A.M.I. (2004)
  • Money is Still a Major Issue (2005) (remixes from M.I.A.M.I. and unreleased songs)
  • El Mariel (2006)
  • The Boatlift (2007)
  • Rebelution (2009)
  • Armando (2010)
  • Planet Pit (2011)
  • Original Hits (2012) (compilation of pre-Rebelution hits)
  • Global Warming (2012)
  • Meltdown EP (2013)
  • Global Warming: Meltdown (2013)
  • Globalization (2014)
  • Dale (2015)
  • Climate Change (2017)
  • Libertad 548 (2019)

Tropes Associated with Pitbull:

  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: On New Years' Eve 2014, he performed the climax of his New Year's Revolution on Fox in a stage in Miami's Bayfront Park that had colored lights dominating the performances. This was most prominent in the very finale where he performed Give Me Everything with Ne-Yo.
  • Amazing Technicolor World: The lyric video for "Don't Stop the Party" has the lyrics being blasted over scenes full of colorful backgrounds aplenty.
    • Similarly, the lyric video for "Time of Our Lives" has some kaleidoscope-ish club shots done in some colored scenes, and many other spectacles backgrounding the lyrics.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Quite fond of these.
  • Berserk Button: Don't diss the Miami Heat. Otherwise he'll write a song just for you, dissing you and saying about how he IS Miami. See "The Villain Sucks" Song below.
  • Boastful Rap: Good luck finding a Pitbull song in which Pitbull doesn't rap about how much money he has/how awesome he is and doesn't give a crap about the haters. He also enjoys bragging about the many countries he's been to.
    • Except "We Are One (Ole Ola)", the 2014 World Cup theme song, which you may or may not count considering what it was made for.
    • That aside, the closest he comes to averting this is probably "Castle Made of Sand", which has a lot more of an emphasis on his past and talking about his mother than it does himself. See Mama's Boy below.
    • "Time of Our Lives" actually inverts this, by having Pitbull rapping about how little money he has and how he'll spend it all partying and enjoying himself before he is inevitably kicked out of his residence.
    This is the last $20 I got
    But I'm a have a good time ballin' or out
    Tell the bartender line up some shots
    'Cause I'm a get loose tonight
    (...) Forget about bills and the first of the month
    It's my night, your night, our night, let's turn it up
  • Catchphrase: WHOOOOOOOWEEE!. You hear this right before he starts pretty much every verse he sings.
    • Also, "Dale"! ("Let's go" in Spanish). He ends many of his verses with this phrase.
    • He calls himself Mr. Worldwide multiple times in most of his songs.
  • Cool Shades: Wears a pair of them more often than not. Just check the image above.
  • Covered in Gunge: At the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2013. Dumped on him by Christina Aguilera.
  • Fun with Acronyms: In a way. His debut album, M.I.A.M.I. stands for "Money is a Major Issue."
  • Gratuitous Spanish: He's Cuban-American, so understandably he knows Spanish and will use words\stanzas in it even in English songs.
  • In Da Club: Given a lot of his songs are about partying in the club, a common music video setting.
  • Incoming Ham: His presence on a song is almost always announced with his famous "WHOOOOOO-WEE!!!"
  • Intercourse with You: Quite a few of his songs.
  • Large Ham: Can get there quite heavily in his songs, most notably this from "Back in Time".
    Pitbull: "Don't you know I don't give a NUMBAH TWOOOOOOO?!"
  • Mama's Boy: Evident from several of his songs, especially "Castle Made of Sand" which is largely dedicated to her.
  • Only in It for the Money: Pitbull makes it clear that he values making money above most things. This is most jarring in his guest verse in Havana Brown's "We Run the Night" where he ends it with "Now fuck you, pay me." Depending on what station you hear the song on, that line may be edited out. The same line is said in his collaboration with Akon, "Shut It Down".
  • Product Placement: The intro to "Give Me Everything" ("Me not working hard? Yeah right\ Picture that with a Kodak\And, better yet, go to Times Square\Take a picture of me with a Kodak").
  • Rags to Riches: Many of his songs have him talking about how his life started on a sad note to get to where he is today. This can be established by his being kicked out of his own house by his mother at age 16 for being a drug dealer.
  • Red Baron: Mr. Worldwide, and Mr. 305 (the area code for Miami, FL)
  • Smug Smiler: Pitbull was born with a type of localized paralysis in the nerves in his left cheek, making it very difficult to stretch the skin when he talks. While he's long since overcome this and can speak normally (though occasionally with a Sylvester Stallone-like inflection), he's often seen with a cocky-looking smirk.
  • Special Guest: Many, most recurring being Ne-Yo ("Give Me Everything" and "Time of Our Lives") and Lil Jon.
  • Standard Snippet: "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" has become increasingly popular in The New '10s as music for scenes in which someone is in a Spanish country looking awesome.
  • Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: "Culo"
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: "Welcome to Dade County" is this to Lil Wayne, who had gone on a scathing rant about the Miami Heat in early 2013. Not only does Pitbull defend his hometown and warn Lil Wayne not to do it again, but in the outro of the track he mentions that's it made worse by how the citizens of Florida paid respect to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: The case in a lot of his songs. Especially jarring example in Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love".
  • Wolverine Publicity: AND HOW! Most of his exposure on the radio is from being a guest rapper for other artists more than his own songs.
  • You Are Not Alone: He takes a moment in the bridge of "Time Of Our Lives" to tell this to the audience.
    This is for everybody going through tough times, believe me, been there done that
    But every day above ground is a great day, remember that