Flo Rida - R.O.O.T.S
Hot off the back of reaching No.1 on hit40uk and achieving the fastest selling digital single of all time in the US, Flo Rida releases his second album, 'R.O.O.T.S'.
Given his recent successes, it's no surprise to see that Mr. Rida, real name Tramar Dillard, has assembled an impressive guest list for the follow-up to 'Mail On Sunday'.
The likes of Nelly Furtado, Ne-Yo, Akon and Wyclef Jean all contribute vocals and he samples a diverse range of tracks, including Benny Benassi's 'Satisfaction' ('Touch Me') and a robotic take on Tina Turner's 'Private Dancer' ('Gotta Get It').
Believe it or not, he also manages to transform Eiffel 65's Euro pop smash, 'Blue (Da Ba Dee)' into a slick R&B groove on his next single, 'Sugar'.
All this distracts from the man himself a little, but makes for an intriguing listen none-the-less. The closest we get to the real Flo Rida is on the title track, which explores his struggle to get to the top. 'Where I'm from made me, I came from the bottom' he raps over one of the album's more sedate beats.
In the download age where fans can cherry pick album highlights, Flo Rida has without a doubt raised his game and made a more eclectic and consistent album than his debut.
From the thumping electro beat and guitar riffs of 'Available', which sees him make it clear to the object of his affections that he doesn't have a girlfriend, to the more chilled-out vibe of Danja-produced track, 'Never', it's one of the strongest hip hop albums we've heard in a long time.
Monday 30th March on Atlantic Records
Track you must download:
1. Finally Here
2. Jump feat. Nelly Furtado
3. Gotta Get It (Dancer)
4. Shone feat. Pleasure P
5. Right Round feat. Ke$ha
7. Be On You feat. Ne-Yo
8. Mind On My Money
9. Available feat. Akon
10. Touch Me
12. Sugar feat. Wynter
13. Rewind feat. Wyclef Jean
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