News: Pitbull's Drug Raps Not An Issue, Awarded Miami's Keys To The City

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2009 12:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Miami rapper Armando "Pitbull" Perez will be given keys to his city today (August 19) due to his community contributions.

While details are still scarce, the event is scheduled to take place Wednesday morning.

Rapper Pitbull has been arrested for DUI - twice - and has admitted to once being a drug dealer in Miami, but that's not stopping Commissioner Tomas Regalado from giving him the keys to the city. The 28 year-old rapper, born Armando Perez, will be presented with the keys by Regalado during a ceremony this morning at Miami City Hall. (NBC Miami News)

He recently beat a 2007 DUI charge and avoided jail time last month.

Jurors in Miami-Dade have found rapper Pitbull not guilty of driving under the influence in a case that stemmed from a 2007 arrest. The Latin artist was acquitted late Thursday after jurors deliberated for about three hours. (Sun-Sentinel)

His lawyers reportedly claimed the inaccuracy behind his arresting officer's tactics led to false charges.

The 28 year-old was charged in December 2007 with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding. Police administered field sobriety tests, which they say he failed.His lawyers argued in court that the tests were inconclusive because they were given on a ramp, not a smooth surface. (Miami Herald)

Pitbulll's rise to fame came courtesy of his collaborations with Lil Jon around 2003.

Ready to take it all the way to the top, Pitbull unleashed his debut full-length, M.I.A.M.I., in 2004 on the TVT label with the Lil Jon-produced single "Culo" leading the way. Soon Pitbull was making guest appearances on tracks by everyone from the Ying Yang Twins to Elephant Man. The 2005 compilation Money Is Still a Major Issue collected the best of these collaborations along with some remixes and unreleased tracks. In 2006 the single "Bojangles" prepared fans for his next album, El Mariel. As the album landed on the shelves it was announced that his next effort would be entirely in Spanish and titled The Boatlift. (All Music)

Check out Pitbull's "Crazy" music video below:

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