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Flo Rida

Flo Rida

Date: Apr 21 2008

Themes: Music, Pop Culture


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In the United States, the South does everything differently. Southerners speak in a special accent. Southern food is very distinct. And, yes, even rappers from the South are often especially proud of where they’re from. But few are more proud of being Southern than Flo Rida.

He named himself after a pun on the name of his home state, Florida. A “flow” is a improvised verse in rap music, and apparently Flo Rida “rides” them. Or maybe he rides the floor. Either way, it’s a pretty clever name.

Southern pronunciation also appears frequently in Flo Rida’s rhymes, like his song “Birthday” where he says “I don’t want no cake on my birrday, I want my cake erryday!” instead of “birthday” and “every day.”

Flo Rida may be from the South, but he’s making a name for himself all over the world. Beren just discovered his music.


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Beren:  The other night, I was out at the club dancing, and right before I got escorted out, I heard this song. Something “Low”?

Amanda:  “Low,” by Flo Rida?

Beren:  Ah, Flo Rida.

Amanda:  How cool is his name? Really?

Beren:  I thought it was Florida. I thought it was the new emo band from the Midwest.

Amanda:  Yeah, he’s from Florida and the culture of Florida and Miami just really, really hit home so he decided to change it to his stage name. Flo space Rida. Kinda cute?

Beren:  Yeah, it’s kinda cute.

Amanda:  Kinda cool. Kinda catchy. His real name is Tramar Dillard, so which one is a better stage name?

Beren:  T. Dill? He could have gone with T. Dill.

Amanda:  Yeah, he could have gone with T. Dill. I never really thought about it.

Beren:  I probably would have gone with T. Dill.

Amanda:  But he’s pretty cool. He’s only like 28 years old and he’s huge right now.

Beren:  Really? Is that the only song he has out right now? That “Low” song?

Amanda:  “Low”, and then there’s “Elevator” with Timbaland. I mean, he’s very club, radio-play…

Beren:  Rad, that top-40 dance.

Amanda:  ...but it seems to be doing very well.

Beren:  Good for him. Good for Flo Rida.

Amanda:  When people call him out as a rap artist, he’s like, “Oh, I just want to make sure they know I’m a southern rap artist,” so he makes that point of distinction there.

Beren:  Cool.

Amanda:  I’m a fan. I mean, the lyrics? Pretty creative. “She hit the flo’. And she got low.”

Beren:  It rhymes…

Amanda:  How hot is that?

Beren:  It’s a classic line.

Amanda:  “Sweat pants and the Reeboks and the plastic straps. Turned around gave her big booty a slap”? I mean…

Beren:  It’s like Shakespeare.

Amanda:  ...that’s like magic. Yeah.



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Beren was dancing and she heard a song she liked, but she can’t quite remember what it’s called.

Amanda explains that the song is by Flo Rida. Beren had seen the name written and thought it was a band called Florida. She thinks he should have called himself T. Dill.

Amanda tells Beren that Flo Rida is seeing some radio play even though his music is more for clubs. Amanda likes his lyrics too. They’re simple and silly but catchy and clever.

When you make music or art, how does where you’re from influence what you do?



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i like this song

04:10 AM Apr 22 2008 |


Sri Lanka

Deffinitely i’ll do something different than what others do in order to get in to heart of fans. sometimes it can be bit daring too.

12:38 PM Apr 21 2008 |


Sri Lanka

Deffinitely i’ll do something different than what others do in order to get in to heart of fans. sometimes it can be bit daring too.

12:37 PM Apr 21 2008 |


Sri Lanka

Deffinitely i’ll do something different than what others do in order to get in to heart of fans. sometimes it can be bit daring too.

12:37 PM Apr 21 2008 |




I love him!!!he's sooo cute'n'sexy at the same time!!ahh…love "low" and "elevator"....his tatoo is making me go crazy!!!

11:44 AM Apr 21 2008 |




I love him!!!he’s sooo cute’n’sexy at the same time!!ahh…love “low” and “elevator”.the lesson is useful!

11:42 AM Apr 21 2008 |



good rap flo rida

08:13 AM Apr 21 2008 |




I like his song its great. His song played  all over the place. In the Mall and not to mention a club. I can never get enough of it.

07:54 AM Apr 21 2008 |



United States

 support west coast  Cool Cali Cali

07:08 AM Apr 21 2008 |



I heard the music just now and it's obvious that all the songs in his album are hip-hop style."Low" is also one of songs in the film "Step Up 2: The Streets" which is very hot recently.

06:32 AM Apr 21 2008 |


VOLTSSuper Member!


I think that the influence is very important but it isn't enough…there are another things importants as skill, perseverance, genetic,...

03:49 AM Apr 21 2008 |




Flo Rida deserve our  respectation.Sometimes,the backgroud of us will influence what we do.Expecilly, there are a bit location descrimination in some nations.Where you come from will be related to the manner to you from others.It`s really a unfair actions,so we have to fight against that.Everyone of us should be proud of  our hometown.

03:20 AM Apr 21 2008 |

Bob Ishida

Bob Ishida


Yes, it's cool. You can listen to his music on his officaila site here:Wink


01:29 AM Apr 21 2008 |

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