Pitbull is now an owner and partner in Tampa Bay's Made Coffee company

He’s the lead investor in a round of seed funding.

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UPDATED 7/22 11:15 a.m.

It’s unknown if he’ll use the Pitbull name to promote the brand, but Miami rapper Armando Perez is now an owner and partner in Tampa Bay’s Made Coffee company.

Made co-founder and partner Chris Dowd told the TBBJ that Perez, 38, is the lead investor in a seed round of funding for the company whose cans of cold brew are now fixtures at every Publix in Florida. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but maybe Pitbull used some of that $1 million he got from Visit Florida in the deal. Dowd said that the funding will be used for further expansion.

The deal, signed in March, was apparently two years in the making. According to the story, that's when a brainstorming session made it known that Mr. 305 was at the top of the company's potential investor's list. Pitbull’s involvement in the company began last summer when a colleague of Made business partner Scott Dobbins facilitated a meeting between Dowd, Dobbins and Pitbull in Miami.

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