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Pitbull's birthday: Celebrating with five fun facts

Pitbull fact No. 1
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Known to most as Pitbull, Armando Christian Perez was born Jan. 15, 1981 in Florida.

The rapper was born to first-generation Cuban immigrants who separated just a few years after his birth. Pitbull grew up under rough conditions in Little Havana in Miami, where it has been reported that his mother sometimes had trouble making ends meet. In order to help make ends meet, Pitbull turned to selling drugs on the streets — that is, until his mother learned about it and kicked him out.

Today, Pitbull still has close ties to the area, both in the media, in his philanthropy and and in his personal life. In August, he helped build a charter school called Sports Leadership and Management.

In recent years, Pitbull has been able to make the jump from a relatively unknown rapper to a media icon. He can be seen promoting Dr. Pepper, Kodiak and Sheets energy strips. He's become a recognizable household name across many mediums, and it's safe to say that Pitbull is around to stay.

And today, he'll pass another birthday. Here we'll celebrate Pitbull's 32nd birthday with five fun facts. Read on to learn more about this charismatic rap mogul.

Pitbull fact No. 1
Pitbull fact No. 1 Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Clear Channel

Pitbull fact No. 1

Pitbull's debut album was called M.I.A.M.I. The acronym stood for "Money is a Major Issue," but the title also held a double meaning since Pitbull is from Miami and still so closely associated with the city today.

Pitbull fact No. 2
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Pitbull fact No. 2

Pitbull lived with a foster family in Georgia after his parents separated when he was two years old. He eventually returned to Florida and graduated from Miami Coral Park High School.

Pitbull fact No. 3
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Pitbull fact No. 3

Pitbull was sued by Lindsay Lohan in 2011 after he used her name in his No. 1 single "Give Me Everything." The judge eventually dismissed the case, ruling that Pitbull was within his first amendment rights in using Lohan's name.

Pitbull fact No. 4
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Pitbull fact No. 4

Pitbull hosts a television show called "La Esquina" on a the Spanish-language channel mun2. La esquina translate to mean "the corner" in English.

Pitbull fact No. 5
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Pitbull fact No. 5

Rapper Lil' Jon gave Pitbull his big break in 2002. At that time, Pitbull appeared on Lil' Jon's Kings of Crunk album. The two have since collaborated many times.