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Flo Rida (born September 16, 1979) is the stage and recording name of Tramar Lacel Dillard, an American hip hop and electronic music rapper, hailing from Carol City, Florida, U.S.
Born one of eight siblings, Dillard’s first move into the musical came when he joined the amateur rap group GroundHoggz when still in ninth grade. Formed of members Flo Rida, 1Bred, Key Lime and Fist, the four-man group remained together for eight years, until the rapper signed with Poe Boy in 2006. The rapper’s debut single “Birthday” was released in 2006 featuring Rick Ross, and was followed by a guest appearance on DJ Khaled’s album “We the Best” on the single “Bitch I’m from Dade County”.
Flo Rida’s debut album “Mail of Sunday” arrived in March 2008, spawning the singles “Low”, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Elevator” featuring Timbaland, “In the Ayer”, and “Roll”. The album featured a host of guest appearances including will.i.am, Sean Kingston and Lil Wayne, and proved Flo Rida’s viability for chart success. Before the release of his sophomore album the rapper made cameo appearances on the singles “Move Shake Drop” by DJ Laz, “We Break the Dawn” by Michelle Williams, as well as “Running Back” by Jessica Mauboy, among others.
“R.O.O.T.S.” arrived in March 2009 and debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200. The album’s lead single “Right Round”, which sampled the Dead or Alive hit “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”, broke the record for most digital downloads in one week with 636,000 downloads. The rapper subsequently released the singles “Sugar” featuring Wynter Gordon, “Jump” featuring Nelly Furtado, and “Be on You” featuring Ne-Yo. Also in 2009 Flo Rida appeared on the debut single of the UK’s “The X Factor” winning Alexandre Burke, “Bad Boys”, which debuted at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.
Dillard’s third full length album, “Only One Flo (Part 1)” was released November 2010 spawning the singles “Come With Me”, “Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)”, and “Who Dat Girl”. In December 2010 Flo Rida started his own label International Music Group later signing 18-year-old rapper Brianna and Git Fresh. Dillard has subsequently released the album “Wild Ones” in 2012, which shot to No. 1 in 20 countries and spawned the No. 1 single “Levels”.