Pitbull: 5 surprising facts about the superstar
Lisa Respers France | 6/25/2014, 6 a.m.
Even if you don't know his songs by name, chances are you've partied to Pitbull.
With his No. 1 hit "Give Me Everything" and collaborations with stars like Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown, Kesha and Shakira, the Cuban-American rapper born Armando Christian Perez is riding high with his career.
But Pitbull's monster success hasn't gone to his head. As he recently told Nischelle Turner on "CNN Spotlight": He just wants to bring joy to his fans.
"When you make this music that makes everybody feel good, that is the goal," he said. "When you come and see me ... I want you to escape. No mortgage. No bills. No baby mama drama. No child support. No economy messed up. No war. No terrorists. Just come here and lose your mind and enjoy."
But what makes Pitbull feel good? Snagging high-profile gigs like opening the World Cup or hosting the American Music Awards keeps him busy, but here are five things you may not know about Mr. Worldwide:
1. He plays hard, and he works hard.
Banish the thought that Pitbull is just a musician. Behind the scenes, he is also a savvy businessman who, in addition to a line of fragrances for men and women and a TV development company, also has partnerships with Kodak, Voli Vodka and Bud Light.
When asked for his best investment tips, Pitbull said: "Don't be afraid to lose. Listen. And always invest in yourself."
With almost 17 million Twitter followers and millions of downloads of his music, he is a pop culture force to be reckoned with.
"Pitbull is only going to get bigger," Rolling Stone journalist Simon Vozick-Levinson said. "He's someone who's not going to stop until he takes over the entire world."
"There's nothing owed to you in life," Pitbull said. "Those who make it work hard for it."
2. His stage name has meaning.
According to the biography "Pitbull: Mr. Worldwide," the rapper had a reason for wanting to be known after a particular breed of dog.
"(Pitbulls) bite to lock," the book quotes him as saying. "The dog is too stupid to lose. And they're outlawed in Dade County (Florida). They're basically everything that I am. It's been a constant fight."
He told CNN that he admires the tenacity of the breed.
"I like the hunt; I like when people say you can't, you won't, you never will," Pitbull said. "Those kind of things turn me on."
It was around the release of his song "I Know You Want Me" that Pitbull began to expand his territory. He went from representing Miami as Mr. 305 (for the city's area code) to the man we've now come to know as Mr. Worldwide.
"If you don't know where you're from, you don't know where you're going," Pitbull said. "Believe me, I know where I'm from. I love it. I wear it on my chest. Everywhere I go everybody knows Mr. 305, Mr. Dade County, Miami boy representing. When I say Mr. Worldwide, it's because we're all around the world. Now, we've got to think of another name like Mr. Another Planet or something."