It wasn’t hard for rapper Flo Rida to find a silver, and gold, lining to turning 30.
“When I was in high school, everyone was like, ‘Lord, please let me be a millionaire by the time I’m 30, so that’s a great thing,” says the MC, who was born Tramar Dillar in Carol City, Fla., and came to fame with chart-topping, multi-platinum hits such as “Low” (with T-Pain) and “Right Round” (with Ke$ha). They’ve hardly stopped coming, either; “Club Can’t Handle Me,” which features David Guetta and is the film “Step Up 3D” — as well as the first single from Flo Rida’s forthcoming third album “The Only One” — is making its way up the U.S. charts and has already hit No. 1 in the U.K. and Ireland.
“Traveling around the world, I did a lot of shows with David Guetta,” Flo Rida recalls, “and every time we did a show we were like the life of the party ... and we started talking about definitely hooking up and doing a record.
“So he sent me the production, I created my own lyrics to it ... And then Disney has a great relationship with me, so I opened up the vaults to my music and let them hear the song and they thought it would fit well with their movie.”
The song’s quick ascent has given “a great start” to “The Only One,” a two-CD set that will be out before the end of the year and also feature collaborations with Ludacris, Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Gucci Mane and Get Fresh, the latter an R&B vocal group signed to Flo Rida’s own label, International Music Group (IMG). He says the album is about 85 percent finished, but he promises those checking out his show this weekend in Pontiac will get a preview of what “The Only One” will sound like.
“The fans can definitely look forward to hearing some new music,” Flo Rida says. “I’m looking forward to their reaction and I know it’s going to be good ‘cause I’ve been performing the record while I’ve been on the road, so I know I’m gonna get a great response.”
Flo Rida, Brilliance and Benny Blanco perform Friday, Aug. 20, at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $22.50. Call 248-333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.
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