by ethnic on February 1, 2010

Birth Name: Armando Christian Pérez

Place of Birth: Miami, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 15, 1981

Ethnicity: Cuban (Spanish, possibly other)

Pitbull is an American rapper. He was born in Miami, Florida, to first-generation Cuban-American parents, Alysha Ángela Acosta and José Antonio Armando Pérez Torres. His father was born in Havana. His parents instilled the Cuban culture in him by making him memorize the words of Cuban poet, José Martí.

In an article in the Miami Times, Pitbull stated that being “white with blue eyes” made his journey into the rap music industry a little difficult as he did not fit the typical mold for a rapper.

Pitbull’s primary genre is Latin Rap and Reggaeton with some Miami Bass flavor. He has a penchant for dropping verses in Spanish.

Source: http://www.miaminewtimes.com

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Manila December 26, 2015 at 11:36 pm

Pitbull’s mother’s name is Alysha Ángela Acosta.

xoxo November 19, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Him and his “music” are annoying as f*ck.

Tyler October 25, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Can’t understand a word he says in his music.

lelo4 October 15, 2015 at 5:40 pm

He could even be Irish!

neiltennant December 11, 2017 at 2:15 pm

yes he could but i don’t know he is a little bit dark in the face and has a head shape which is not very irish

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 11:39 pm

This guy would’ve been so hot if had dark eyes and a thinner longer nose.

neiltennant April 7, 2018 at 5:23 am

yes ! thats correct

he would be a wet dream guy

blue September 1, 2015 at 6:13 am

-Pitbull mother doesnt seem completely White and no pass in Spain , but pitbull can pass in Spain perfecly( His head is very rare).

-JLO , doesnt pass in Spain, she has a lot of native/taino blood (or whatever ) in her , her parents no pass in Spain.

please trace her roots to spain with names, places but no speculate with it.

-SOFIA VERGARA, can pass in Spain . I see a family photo and can pass in spain .

neiltennant havent been in spain, we are not darker that you think, dont believe Hollywood movies, always choose our darker actors like Banderas or Cruz (always tanned by the way) but no the lightest one.

i think we are like another europeans , not darker.

i am from spain.

andrew November 14, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Agree, Pibull’s mother is odd.

Manila September 1, 2015 at 12:18 am

I have found his Geni profile, but I am not sure if he is a legit user: http://www.geni.com/people/Pitbull/6000000031873388179

Manila September 1, 2015 at 12:10 am

His father, Armando Antonio Pérez, was born in Havana. I am not sure if Armando, Sr.’s maternal family name is Arango.

Manila September 1, 2015 at 12:20 am

Correction: Armando, Sr.’s full name was José Armando Antonio Pérez Torres.

Thanks to this source: http://www.latina.com/entertainment/music/you-know-you-want-it-pitbull-releases-spanish-language-album

Manila September 1, 2015 at 12:30 am

Please, swap Armando and Antonio. My apologies.

neiltennant July 31, 2015 at 6:00 am

he is of pure spanish descent like JENNIFER LOPEZ or ANTONIO BANDERAS + gloria estefan

those people are more pale-

I know Spain is in southern europe but 60 percent of those are darker than the average european but indeed they have also blue eyed and blonde people there

because of the wikings and celts who were in that area.

but its common even in britain or germany that blue eyed spains are asked if they are real spains

midori29 December 31, 2015 at 9:35 pm

@neiltenant, youre crazy if you think Jlo is of pure Spanish descent , her mother is part African amd her dad is part Indian. Jennifer Lopez straightens her hair and got a nose job.

cwm85 July 20, 2015 at 3:15 pm

I figured he had Latin culture but his family are from Spain. I doubt he has native ancestry.

marjanel October 15, 2015 at 8:50 am

Obviously.Latin culture of Cuba came from Spain.Do you think that came from blacks and indigenous?

neiltennant December 11, 2017 at 2:17 pm

spain is full of native americans

like my best friend pedro who has cherokee :-)

abbracci June 5, 2015 at 11:18 pm

He’s mestizo. Cubans have 8% Native American in them.

J420 October 22, 2015 at 7:49 am

Mestizo means 50/50 not 8% out of 100 LMFAO.

mermaid_ May 28, 2015 at 1:32 am

Latinos rock

mermaid_ May 28, 2015 at 1:31 am

I love Pitbull

Dogg January 2, 2015 at 7:24 am

White Cuban.

WTF November 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm

He has one of those smug, douchey looking faces that you want to punch. His music is pure garbage and he’s ugly as fuck.

me November 26, 2014 at 1:28 pm

he looks part black

noneofyourbusiness November 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm

On what planet does he look black? He looks like a white Latino which is what he is.

midori29 December 31, 2015 at 9:49 pm

I lived in the Miami area. White on Cuba as a racial category is not the same as white in America. I had Cuban friends. In Cuba , you can be part black or part Indian and claim white as a racial category, as long as the majority of your blood is white. Also so called white Cuban friend told me that nearly all white Cubans had black in thier dna. True stuff.

andrew November 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm
ShawntheGod September 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Looks like a classic Alpine white type.

BlackPolish August 30, 2014 at 3:43 am

Grey eyes are NOT the light version of blue. They are way darker than blue eyes, even darker that light-green eyes. However, ligh-grey eyes (which are extremely rare and Pitbull doesnt have them) might be lighter than blue eyes.
PS – Pitbull is Spanish-Cuban, but this doesnt make him “White”. If it would make him “White”, then B-Real of Cypress Hill or Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine are also White guys.

BlackPolish August 30, 2014 at 4:00 am

… and of course B-Real and Zack De la Rocha ARE White, but in America thay are seen as “Latino”, not “White”.

J420 October 22, 2015 at 7:53 am

Lmfao. Seriously that comment almost gave me cancer. Pitbull is White, and lastly, Latino is not a race.

sararuiz April 23, 2014 at 5:59 pm

I’m so lost on the whole :Spanish- Cuban, Spanish-Puerto Rican, Spanish-Colombian, Spanish-Mexican vs. Afro-Cuban, Afro-Puerto Rican, Afro-Dominican, etc. as it seems to label a person based on what they mostly look like and this is not accurate. Most of the Hispanics on this site are mixed, so saying one is afro or one is Spanish is kinda dumb when Hispanics are native, black, European, that’s why we’re Hispanics. Jennifer Lopez is Just Puerto Rican, and Eva Mendes is Just Cuban, you guys didn’t attempt to put Afro- or Spanish-, because you cant tell just by looking at them and the same goes for every other Hispanic on this site regardless if they are very dark or light skinned with blue eyes, Just put their ethnicity and leave it at that

ssempre July 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

well, when you just put “mexican”, “cuban”, “puerto rican” it’s very vague, it would be like putting “american” or “canadian” because of colonization of the ‘new world’, it’s really not an ethnicity, unless you put “native/mestizo/spanish/creole/afro/french/etc”. An afro-mexican person is just as mexican as a spanish-mexican person, but they look different, because they are different races. If you just wrote “mexican”, you’d really have no idea what their actual ethnicity is (are they native? african? spanish? mixed? it answers almost nothing). Yes many people in latin america are mixed race/ethnicity, but afro/spanish/mestizo/etc is what they are MAINLY, if a person is about 10% native and 90% black, they would probably be labeled “afro”, if a person is about 1/2 native, 1/4 african, 1/4 white, they would probably be labeled “afro-mestizo”. same goes for any other combination. If we were talking about a person who’s family has been in the US for many generations, it would be unacceptable to just say “american”, you’d say “african american”, “native american”, “asian american”, “white american”, etc. People from the Americas look very different from each other, you can’t just group them together by nationality.

person July 25, 2014 at 1:40 pm

He’s white.

marjanel October 15, 2015 at 8:54 am

No that is not why we are hispanics We are only hispanic because our white,European language.Hispanic is an eurocentric word it doesn’t mean being mixed.

J.J. December 31, 2013 at 10:32 pm
BlackPolish August 30, 2014 at 3:56 am

CORRECTION: ===> Grey eyes are NOT the light version of blue. They are way darker than blue eyes, even darker that light-green eyes. However, light-grey eyes (which are extremely rare and Pitbull doesnt have them) might be lighter than blue eyes.

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