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Flo Rida

Flo Rida at WSPK's KFest 2009.
Background information
Birth name Tramar Dillard
Born September 17, 1979 (1979-09-17) (age 30)
Carol City, Florida, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2006–present
Labels Atlantic/Poe Boy
Associated acts 2 Live Crew, Brisco, DJ Khaled, Kesha, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, T-Pain

Tramar Dillard (born September 17, 1979), better known by his stage name Flo Rida (pronounced /ˌfloʊ ˈraɪdə/), is an American rapper. As a teenager, he toured with the hip hop group 2 Live Crew. Later, he appeared in numerous popular rap mixtapes and studio albums, most notably in We the Best in 2006. Mail on Sunday was Flo Rida's solo debut album; its first single "Low", featuring T-Pain which was a #1 hit for ten weeks in United States in early 2008. Two other singles resulted from Mail on Sunday: "Elevator" and "In the Ayer". In 2009, his second album R.O.O.T.S. was released; its most successful single "Right Round" was at the top of the Hot 100 for six weeks.


Early life

Dillard was born in the 187th Street projects of Carol City, Florida.[1] As a teenager, Dillard worked with local rap group 2 Live Crew and formed his own amateur group with some friends called the Groundhoggz. His work with 2 Live Crew member Fresh Kid Ice attracted attention of DeVante Swing, a member of the band Jodeci. However, he was rejected by several of the major labels, so he sought many other jobs outside of music.[2] After graduating from high school in 1998, he studied international business management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for two years and attended Barry University for two months.[3][2] He returned to Florida to continue pursuing his music career after receiving a phone call from a representative of the independent label Poe Boy Entertainment.[2] Dillard signed with Poe Boy in 2006, and as Flo Rida he began affiliating with other Florida rappers, such as Rick Ross, Trina, T-Pain, and Trick Daddy. A promotional street single entitled "Birthday", featuring Rick Ross, was his first significant release. He made his mainstream debut with the song "Bitch I'm from Dade County" on DJ Khaled's album We the Best, which featured Trick Daddy, Trina, Rick Ross, Brisco, C-Ride, and Dre.[4]

Music career

Mail on Sunday (2007–08)

Rehearsing for the 2008 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto.

Flo Rida received worldwide acclaim and popularity with the chart-topping success of his first single, "Low", featuring T-Pain. It was his first official single from his debut album Mail On Sunday and the soundtrack to the movie Step Up 2 The Streets. "Low" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[4] "Elevator", featuring Timbaland, "In the Ayer" featuring, and "Roll" featuring Sean Kingston followed and all charted on the Hot 100 and other charts.[5]

After the success of Mail on Sunday, Flo Rida made guest performances on other R&B, rap, and pop singles, including "Move Shake Drop" by DJ Laz, "We Break the Dawn" by Michelle Williams, the remix of "4 Minutes" by Madonna, "Running Back" by Australian R&B singer Jessica Mauboy, "Feel It" by DJ Felli Fel, and the remix of "Speedin'" by Rick Ross. During the summer of 2008, he did live performances on the Fox dance competition program So You Think You Can Dance in the US[6] and 2008 MuchMusic Video Awards in Canada.[7] He appeared on the albums We Global by DJ Khaled, Gutta by Ace Hood, and The Fame by Lady Gaga, among others.

R.O.O.T.S. (2009)

According to Billboard magazine, Flo Rida began recording his sophomore nine months after Mail On Sunday. The album is titled R.O.O.T.S. (Route of Overcoming the Struggle) and was released on March 31, 2009. Producers include JRock, Dr. Luke and DJ Montay.[8] On February 18, 2009 Flo Rida got his second US number-one hit, "Right Round", the first single from the album. "Right Round" jumped from number 58 to the top spot in one week. In The States the song broke a record for the most digital one week sales, with 636,000, beating the previous record he had set himself with "Low".[9] The second official single was "Sugar", which featured R&B singer Wynter Gordon. The song reached at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Awards and nominations

  • MuchMusic Video Awards
    • 2008: Best International Video - Artist "Low" (Nominated)[11]
    • 2008: People's Choice Favourite International Video -"Low" (nominated)[11]
  • BET Awards
    • 2008: Best New Artist (Nominated)[12]
    • 2008: Best Collaboration: "Low" with T-Pain (Nominated)[12]
  • BET Hip Hop Awards
    • 2008: Ringtone of the Year: "Low" featuring T-Pain (Nominated)[13]
    • 2008: Best Hip Hop Collabo: "Low" featuring T-Pain (Nominated)[13]
    • 2008: Rookie of the Year (Nominated)[13]
  • Teen Choice Awards
    • 2010: Hip Hop Artist Of The Year - Himself (Nominated)[14]
    • 2009: Choice Music: Best Hip Hop/Rap Track - Right Round (Nominated)
    • 2008: Choice Music: Hook-Up - "Low" featuring T-Pain (Nominated)[15]
    • 2008: Choice Music: Rap Artist (Nominated)[15]
    • 2008: Choice Music: Breakout Artist (Nominated)[15]
  • Grammy Awards
    • 2010: Best Rap Album - R.O.O.T.S. (Nominated)[16]
    • 2010: Album of the Year - The Fame, Featured artist (Nominated)[17]
    • 2009: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - "Low" featuring T-Pain (Nominated)[17]
    • 2009: Best Rap Song - "Low" featuring T-Pain (Nominated)[17]
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • 2009: Best Hip Hop Video - "Right Round" (Nominated)[18]
    • 2008: Best Male Video - "Low" featuring T-Pain (Nominated)[19]
    • 2008: Best Hip Hop Video - "Low" featuring T-Pain (Nominated)[19]
  • MTV Australia Awards
    • 2009: Best Video - "Low" featuring T-Pain (Nominated)[22]
    • 2009: Best Collaboration - "Running Back", Featured artist (Nominated)[22]
  • Ozone Awards
    • 2008: Breakthrough Artist (Nominated)[24]
    • 2008: Club Banger of the Year, "Low" with T-Pain (Nominated)[22]


  1. ^ Cobo, Leila (January 19, 2008). "Rapper Flo Rida puts on "Sunday" best". Reuters. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Concepcion, Mariel. "Flo Rida". Billboard. 
  3. ^ Garland, Maurice G. (February 2008), "Flo Rida: Sunshine All Day", Vibe 16 (2): p. 86, 
  4. ^ a b Kellman, Andy (2007). "Flo Rida: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  5. ^ Flo Rida > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles. Accessed November 9, 2008.
  6. ^ Sample, Kristin (2008-06-20). "So You Think You Can Dance: Top 16 Revealed". TV Squad. 
  7. ^ "2008 MMVA Guests". MuchMusic. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  8. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (2009-01-09). "Flo Rida Gets 'Round' To Second Album". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  9. ^ Flo Rida’s “Right Round” Shatters Digital Singles Record With a Little Help From an ’80s Hook
  10. ^ a b Harris, Chris. "Lil Wayne, Coldplay, Alicia Keys Lead 2008 American Music Award Nominees". MTV News. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  11. ^ a b Best International Video - Artist. MuchMusic Video Awards 2008
  12. ^ a b Best Collaboration, Best New Artist. BET Awards 2008.
  13. ^ a b c Ringtone of the Year, Best Hip Hop Collabo, Rookie of the Year. BET Hip Hop Awards 2008.
  14. ^ Teen Choice 2009 Nominees List, Winners List
  15. ^ a b c "2008 Teen Choice Awards winners and nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  16. ^ Robinson, Dantrel (2009-01-13). "It's A Rap! — A Look At Rap In 2009". Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  17. ^ a b c "Grammy 2008 Winners List". MTV. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  18. ^ Jayson Rodriguez. "Flo Rida Says He 'Looks Up To' His VMA Rivals". MTV News. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  19. ^ a b Best Male Video, Best Hip Hop Video. MTV Video Music Awards 2008.
  20. ^ "Full List Of 2010 People's Choice Awards Nominees". CBS. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  21. ^ People's Choice Awards Nominations 2009 Retrieved 2008-11-10
  22. ^ a b c "List of nominees". Sydney Morning Herald. 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  23. ^ "MOBO Nominations". MTV UK. 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  24. ^ "Ozone Awards 2008 Nominees". Retrieved 2008-07-15. 

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