Armando Christian PÃ©rez, better known by his stage name Pitbull, is an American rapper. After graduating from high school, Pitbull focused his career on rapping. Perez told The Washington Post that 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." He was influenced by the Miami bass genre of pop music and has cited Celia Cruz and Willy Chirino as sources of inspiration for his popular songs.