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Flo Rida, as the name suggests is a Floridian rapper who shot to fame after the success to his debut single "Low" which featured T-Pain and featured as part of the soundtrack to "Step Up 2 The Streets". It was very successful, reaching #1 in the U.S. and #2 here, and is still receiving radio play to this day despite being released back in October. This is his album "Mail On Sunday", released earlier on in the year.
1. "American Superstar" (feat. Lil' Wayne)
We were bound to see Weezy Wee on this album (just as it is essential for T-Pain to be on here too), so it's good to get over this quickly, not that I dikile him, but because it's just annoying to see him everywhere on every album by anyone in the 'urban' genres of music.
This song sounds as if it is another attempt at Hood Rock, the Dirty South rap and Rock combination, which the Shop Boyz made famous with "Party Like A Rockstar" last year. This track is very hard and its rock elements make it high-energy, as Crunk was in its early days.
2. "Ack Like You Know"
From this early on in the album, and having heard all the singles, you can tell that Flo Rida isn't a typical rapper as his lyrics are a lot softer than convential Dirty South rappers, espically coming from Flo Rida, i would expect his lyrics to be about living a proper gangsta lifestyle, but it doesn't seem to be so.
This track bring to attention that I hadn't heard of the artist prior to hearing this album, no mixtapes or even some underground singles, so he's probably just a person who's been developed to have a thug image, but isn't really like this. This is why he has had so much mainstream attention so early into his career.
3. "Elevator" (feat. Timbaland)
This track is the second from the album and features Timbo, who also does production for it. I felt that Timbabland' expert production worked well as when you listen to the various elements, you realize how much worrk has gone into making everything from the lyris to the beats be foccused on a single theme.
I felt that this track required a few listens to really feel it well, but once you've heard it enough, you'll really enjoy it. As most second singles, it didn't live up to the hype of the original, but I still felt it should have been more popular than it was.
4. "Roll" (feat. Sean Kingston)
The star of one of last years biggest singles, "Beautiful Girls", makes an appearance hear alonside Flo Rida. Kingston still uses his signature Jamaican style, using patois, but it really annoys me because his accent is so poor that it loses the Caribbean feel.
Kingston raps on the beat and sings in the chorus, showing us everything that he is capable, but he's not too strong at either of these. To be honest, the only thing I enjoyed in this track was the J.R. Rotem beat, but nothing else is working.
5. "Low" (feat. T-Pain)
I shouldn't have to talk about this, it's a big club tune which wil act as a classic in the future, it's been played out for a couple of months now though so it doesn't sound as good, but you can't mess with the massive sales it attracted
6. "Priceless" (feat. Birdman)
Hit-Boy and Chase N. Cashe do the production in this track and they bring a very hard beat which hits you immediately, basically smacking you in the face with the bass.
Birdman a.k.a. Baby of Cash Money appears on this track and he seems to fit in with the sound of the beat, unlike Flo Rida, who seems to be blagging his way through the track. Birdman isn't really famed for his lyrical talent, but Flo Rida in comparison makes his lyrics sound like fire.
7. "Ms. Hangover"
This is a weak track, which doens't have much going for it, I didn't even like the production by J.R. Rotem, who is usually at lot better than this, but you are left thinking that this talent was wasted on a very weak rapper, you decides to talk about girls inthis one.
8. "Still Missin'"
As I have said before, Flo Rida can only do club tracks well which would be suited for a mainstream audience, but this one isn't like that, it's basacilly the opposite as it is a slow, hard and emotional.Just to show you how poor the lyricals are:
"My lawnmower home, but my hoe's still missin'... my rakes in my shed, but my hoes still missin''"
9. "In the Ayer" (feat. will.i.am and Fergie)
This is the third single from the album and it features will.i.am, the producer most known for his work whilst rapping as part of The Black Eyed Peas, as well as another member of the group, Fergie. It is a good club track, which Flo Rida is best at performing.
The production, which was also done by will.i.am, has an old school Hip Hop feel to it, but has a strong modern twist to it which prevents it from sounding out of place in todays musical trends. It is an exciting track which makes you think of the song which will make you jump up and dance to on hearing the first second of.
10. "Me & U" (feat. Bosco and Fingazz)
The production in this track seem very similar to "Your Body" by Pretty Ricky. Almost too similar, but I don't know who did their song, sso I can't find out if it's because the same production team was used to bring this sound out.
Some vodocer techniues are used in this track and they aren't the type which you would hear T-Pain or Akon, sing, these are some with a 90s feel, what BLACKstreet would have used and what can be heard in the remix to 2Pac's "California Love", but this doesn't succeed in bringing that whole feeling because the production is too modern, so you don't get to get completly into either decade, its all mixed up.
11. "All My Life"
This is the track I had been expecting to hear once I got into this album, it's all about the artists 'struggle' throughout his life "hustling", "riding dirty" etc. the track is so generic and it basically shows that he's fake with a list stereotypical things which rappers do before their life changes when they find music. Leave it out Flo Rida.
12. "Don't Know How to Act" (feat. Yung Joc)
This track features another rapper who is known for going slightly pop at times, so I think tht it is fitting that they collaborated togethe, but the difference with is song is that I really enjoyed listening to it because Joc seemed to take control of the track, maing it into a Snap Music record rather than a pop rap one.
The only negative with this song, and others in the Snap Music sub-genre is that they aren't known for their lyrics, so its all about the hook, and this one has a nice one which keeps you engaged throughout the tune.
13. "Freaky Deaky" (feat. Trey Songz)
The R&B singer who brought us "Can't Help But Wait" performs with Flo Rida on this slow club track which seems to calm you down as we wind down to the end of the LP.
The main artist ruins the soft melody which Trey Songz created in the chorus, because you begin to forget tha he's there. It sounds like an R&B song until he pops up and begins his poor rhymes, as always.
14. "Money Right" (feat. Brisco and Rick Ross)
This track features some of the best talent from Florida with the Boss Rick Ross and Brisco appearing alongside Flo Rida, and they distinctly show what the sound coming from this southern state is. I bet that some time folllowing this, Rick Ross will regret appearing on this, because his hardcore gangsta ways are the complete opposite to Flo Rida, but he probably just saw the name and expected to like the artist.
This is a pure Booty Bass track, in the style which Florida created as their own unique side of the Dirty South, where the other main cities of Atalnta and Houston has their own specific styles of Crunk and Chopped & Screwed repectively. Booty Bass is the least popular and the only one of the thrree I don't like, which is why I couldn't get into this one. I only liked the brief appreances by Brisco, who brought in "In The Hood" and Rick Ross who did "Hustlin'".
Basically this album is just poor, because it was for Hip Pop than Hip Hop, as it was sold, so it was very misleading and really annoyed me. This album is certainly not recommended as it doens't fit into pop or rap genres easily, so I can't find an audience who would enjoy this.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 American Superstar feat. Lil Wayne
2 Ack Like You Know
3 Elevator feat. Timbaland
4 Roll feat. Sean Kingston
5 Low feat. T-Pain
6 Priceless feat. Birdman
7 Ms. Hangover
8 Still Missin
9 In The Ayer feat. Will.I.Am
10 Me & U
11 All My Life
12 Don't Know How to Act feat. Yung Joc
13 Freaky Deaky feat. Trey Songz
14 Money Right feat. Rick Ross & Brisco