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Hip-hop purists don’t care for Flo Rida, but Flo Rida doesn’t make music for hip-hop purists. He makes muscular singalongs designed to make entire clubs explode with excitement. R.O.O.T.S. sounds a bit like the Black Eyed Peas might, if will.i.am had discarded his musical ambitions and decided to focus solely the party-hearty formula of “My Humps” and “Lets Get It Started.” “Right Round” is hybrid of headbanging hair metal and walloping disco — sure, it’s not the most sophisticated music ever, but is there anything more fun? “Available” and “Be On You,” collaborations with pop crooners Akon and Ne-Yo respectively, deliver a shimmering kind of ear candy, but it’s as easy to image Rihanna or T-Pain on the track. There are a handful of cuts that aim for the standard Southern rap recipe, but the songs that carry Flo Rida’s distinctive signature are “Jump,” “Gotta Get It,” and “Touch Me.” His hyperactive flow (marked by cascading patterns of triplets) and the tracks’ bass-driven force is enough to remind one of MC Hammer, pop-rap’s immortal party starter.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hip-hop purists don’t care for Flo Rida, but Flo Rida doesn’t make music for hip-hop purists. He makes muscular singalongs designed to make entire clubs explode with excitement. R.O.O.T.S. sounds a bit like the Black Eyed Peas might, if will.i.am had discarded his musical ambitions and decided to focus solely the party-hearty formula of “My Humps” and “Lets Get It Started.” “Right Round” is hybrid of headbanging hair metal and walloping disco — sure, it’s not the most sophisticated music ever, but is there anything more fun? “Available” and “Be On You,” collaborations with pop crooners Akon and Ne-Yo respectively, deliver a shimmering kind of ear candy, but it’s as easy to image Rihanna or T-Pain on the track. There are a handful of cuts that aim for the standard Southern rap recipe, but the songs that carry Flo Rida’s distinctive signature are “Jump,” “Gotta Get It,” and “Touch Me.” His hyperactive flow (marked by cascading patterns of triplets) and the tracks’ bass-driven force is enough to remind one of MC Hammer, pop-rap’s immortal party starter.

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About Flo Rida

Feel-good party rapper Flo Rida was one of the best-selling artists of the 2000s, notching a handful of international hit singles and Billboard chart-toppers. Unsurprisingly a native Floridian, the MC toured as a teenager with 2 Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice and began popping up on high-profile mixtapes by 2006 (most notably on DJ Khaled's "Bitch I'm from Dade County," where he joined Rick Ross, Trick Daddy, Trina, and Dre of Cool & Dre). Signed to the Atlantic-distributed Poe Boy that year, he recorded Mail on Sunday, which was released in March of 2008. "Low," featuring T-Pain, was the album's lead single; it reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. A year later he returned with the album R.O.O.T.S. (Route of Overcoming the Struggle), featuring the massive club hit "Round," which introduced the world to Kesha. Only 1 Flo, Pt. 1 appeared in 2010, with some tracks produced by dance music stars like Axwell, Benny Blanco, and David Guetta. On his 2012 release, Wild Ones, productions from Dr. Luke, Avicii, and Axwell continued along this dance direction. The album offered up three big hits: "Whistle," "Good Feeling," and "Wild Ones," featuring Sia. Three years later, Flo Rida reappeared with his fourth EP, My House, which included the eponymous hit single. A series of singles followed, including "Hello Friday" with Jason Derulo, "At Night" with Liz Elias and Akon, "Zillionaire," and "Cake" featuring 99 Percent. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Carol City, FL
  • BORN
    Sep 17, 1979

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